As part of an annual Region project to gather employment statistics and build a stronger local economy, businesses in Durham Region should expect a knock on their door this spring/summer. The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department, is conducting a Business Count to gather statistics from local businesses about their operations.

Between May and August, the Region’s Business Count team is scheduled to visit all business establishments in Durham Region, to gather basic information about the type and nature of the company, the number of employees, plans for growth, floor space and location. The Business Count team will be recognizable by their navy blue Region of Durham shirts and photo ID cards. Due to risk of spreading avian flu between poultry operations in Ontario, surveyors will not be visiting farms in-person. Farm owners will be contacted via phone and email to complete the survey and are encouraged to complete the survey online.

Data collected will be used for municipal planning and analysis, programming to grow our industry clusters and to help plan for business services to build a stronger local economy. The data will also be used to update regional and municipal business directories. When seeking out new suppliers, businesses are encouraged to visit the Region’s online directory at

In addition to in-person visits, businesses – including home-based businesses and non-project organizations – have the option to complete the 2023 Business Count by visiting

Sensitive data will be kept confidential and used only by the Region and area municipalities. To view the complete Terms of Use, please visit

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