As part of an annual Regional 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 its eleventh Business Count to gather information from local businesses about their operations.

Between May and August, Business Count surveyors will be visiting all business establishments in the Region to collect basic information and data 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.

The co-operation of our local businesses is instrumental to the success of the Business Count and we are seeking information from all businesses including home-based businesses, manufacturing plants, distribution centres, storefronts, professional offices and more. Due to the risk of spreading avian flu between poultry operations in Ontario, surveyors will not be visiting farms in-person to reduce the spread. Farm owners will be contacted via phone and email to complete the survey.

Data and information collected through the Business Count will help us create programs to support local business growth, promote tourism assets, plan transit routes, build local business directories, monitor and report on local business and economic trends and plan for infrastructure needs. When seeking out 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-profit organizations – have the option to complete the 2022 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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