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Durham businesses to expect someone come calling

Businesses in Durham Region should expect a knock on their door this spring or summer, according to the Regional Municipality of Durham.

Its Planning and Economic Development Department is conducting its 11th Business Count to gather information from local businesses about their operations and employment statistics to build a stronger local economy.

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,” said a statement.

Data and information collected through will help  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.

“Now in its eleventh year, the Business Count allows us to collect reliable data, which helps us improve the effective and efficient delivery of municipal services. The information collected through this initiative allows us to assist local businesses in reaching their goals, while also helping to build a stronger local economy. I’d like to sincerely thank the Durham business community for their continued support in making this project a valuable tool in helping us plan our support for business services,” said Brian Bridgeman, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development.

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