Annual Business Survey - Town of Gravenhurst

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Annual Business Survey


The annual Gravenhurst Business Survey is now OPEN! 
Please click on the button below and complete the online form. 

Click here to take the annual online business survey

Your opinion matters!  Scroll down to see past Business Survey Reports.

To complete the survey via telephone or to set up an in-person meeting please contact the Economic Development Team anytime.

Jeff Loney,
Manager of Economic Development
705-687-2230 x 280

Julia Crowder,
Economic Development Coordinator
705-687-2230 x 258



A man and woman take at a table with This annual project was developed and implemented for the first time in 2015. Going forward, this tool will be used by the Economic Development Team to identify challenges and allow us to develop strategies to assist our business community. This valuable economic data acquired is also used to serve and attract new potential investment and clients for the future. View the 2015 Business Survey Report.


The 2016 Business Survey Report was well received, with 209 businesses providing responses. Highlights and successes last year include;

  • An increase of 111 new jobs, 53 of those being full-time positions.
  • 66% of respondents were either satisfied or very satisfied with the business climate in Gravenhurst.

  • Over the past two years, 58.2% of businesses have seen an increase in profits while only 9.5% have seen a decrease.

Five objectives were formed based on feedback from businesses, these include:

  • Develop a strategy to help our local businesses find and retain talent. Work with other organizations who are involved in this space to develop a unified approach. (Objective 1A - We will increase employment opportunities)
  • Continue the annual business survey as a way to enhance business engagement and relationships, and to identify common challenges and opportunities the business community is facing. This continues to allow the division to prioritize its efforts to assist local businesses. (Objective 1A - Continuing to develop and implement a Business Retention & Attraction Strategy)
  • Collaborate with other community organizations to market Gravenhurst to attract new business investment and additional full-time permanent residents, and to ensure a welcoming business environment. (Objective 1B - Explore opportunities to increase the Town's profile and visibility so that Gravenhurst is known as the Muskoka Destination)
  • Continue to encourage new investment and re-investment in commercial business areas of town. (Objective 1A - Lobbying for the expedited redevelopment and optimal use of key Gravenhurst properties & continuing to support the continued revitalization of our downtown)
  • The Town should continue to operate cohesively between departments to ensure that interactions with businesses are consistent and the Town maintains its commitment to exceptional municipal service delivery. (Objective 5A - Exception Municipal Customer Service)