Business Support - Town of Gravenhurst
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Business Support


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The Town of Gravenhurst and its community partners have a number of programs and resources for your business, no matter the size there are supports to assist you in meeting your business goals; 

Need additional or more personalized assistance? Contact our Economic Development Team directly at 705-687-3412 Ext. 280 or


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Starting or Expanding a Business

Welcome to Town Resource Guide

This guide was developed to assist new businesses, providing information, tips and tricks to opening their new business in town. 

 Town of Gravenhurst Site Selection Services
Looking for that perfect building or property?  Whether you are looking to lease or purchase property in Gravenhurst the Economic Development Team can help.  We work with local property owners and real estate agents to understand our market and leverage investment opportunities.  Contact us today!
 Muskoka Small Business Centre

A source for business information in Muskoka and the surrounding area providing business consultation services and funding. 

 Employment North

A non-profit, community based agency, assisting individuals businesses with employment development through employee/employer connections, training, skills development and administer many provincial and federal financial assistance. programs for employers.

YMCA Simcoe Muskoka

At non-profit community organization that offers employer information and support for with employee placement, training, wage subsidies, and more.

Their outplacement and career transition services help displaced employees gain the motivation and drive to find meaningful personal and career direction at a difficult point in their lives.

District of Muskoka - Employment Supports

Assists employers with placement and training services and incentives.

 Muskoka Futures

Community Not-for-profit organization that support local businesses through business start-up and development coaching, financing, professional development training and mentorship programs.

Futurepreneur Canada

A national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39.

Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network

A not-for-profit corporation that creates economic value by building information and communications technology capacity through partnerships in the new economy.  Provides funding for creating or upgrading a website, content, mobile applications and operational business applications.  Also provides link to other related information and resources.

 My Biz Account/Service Ontario

This one stop website is all about doing business in Ontario.  Accessibility compliance, incorporation services, online taxes, regulatory registration and employment standards are just some of the helpful information this site is able to provide.!ut/p/b0/DccxDoAgDAXQG_F3N0-hdCuGYENpG0XPr297IOwg41caT3Fj_Z-DW1WxvvhdUvg1WVM8ReVIp4-KDQRStoZcDTHG-gHI45go/

 Service Canada

Provides information and resources including registering your business and obtaining HST and business numbers.

 Connected North

Connected North helps you stay connected in Northern Ontario.  Whether it is checking to see an internet services report for your future hometown or checking what services are available at your home or cottage, Gravenhurst has the infrastructure you need.  Stay connected to the office, to your loved ones and the rest of the world all year round.

Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

One Stop shop for small business advice, support services and regulations.  This includes the e-Business toolkit.

Business Development Bank of Canada

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) promotes entrepreneurship by providing financing, consulting and venture capital services to Canadian Entrepreneurs, with special focus on small and medium sized enterprises.

 Corporations Canada

Are you thinking of incorporating?  Corporations Canada provides leading-edge resources, tools and information designed to make it easy for entrepreneurs to file for federal incorporation.

 Canada Concierge Service

Helping Canadian enterprises find and access programs and services that support business innovation. Click for access to industry expert advisors and success stories.

 Canadian Intellectual Property Office

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office grants, registers, and administers intellectual property rights.  Intellectual property - patents, trademarks, copyrights and industrial designs - enables creators and innovators to increase the value of their products and services.

Canadian Company Capabilities

Thinking of expanding your markets?  Exhibit your products and services to a global audience.  Each month, 500,000 domestic and international companies browse Canadian Company Capabilities looking for suppliers.  Add your company profile to the database.

 Near North Resource Alliance - IION

A luncheon event that Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION) organizes on an “as needed” basis to assist local and regional entrepreneurs and SMEs present their needs to Economic Development organizations (FedNor, IRAP, Municipal ED Officers, OCE, etc.). The intent of the meeting is to facilitate introductions and act as a launching pad for their project. As you are well aware, Economic Development agencies are only able to assist with projects if we know that they are taking place; preferably months in advance. The NNRA allows companies to open their project discussion and kick start this process.


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Financial Assistance, Funding & Incentives

 Community Improvement Plan for Downtown Gravenhurst
Municipal Grant program to assist business and property owners in the downtown core.  Funding has been made available for projects related to:

The program was designed to offer maximum assistance to those investing in their business and property. Grants can be used together to assist with costs throughout the redevelopment process and in the years following completion.

 Zero Commercial & Industrial Development Charges

The Town of Gravenhurst is working hard to be the best place to do business.  In an effort to be businesses friendly we are offering Zero Municipal Development Charges on new and existing Commercial and Industrial Developments.  To further assist, the District of Muskoka has also significantly reduced their non-residential development charges.

Muskoka Futures (Community Futures Development Corporations)

Community not-for-profit organization fund by FedNor that support local businesses through business start-up and development coaching, financing, professional development training and mentorship programs.

Veridian Connections Retrofit Program

Energy Efficiency Grant Program for Commercial and Industrial businesses to assist with up to 50% of the cost to upgrade lighting, HVAC, operational processes related to energy management, etc. 

MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF)

Seed stage investors in Ontario, investing in IT, health and cleantech companies. Up to $500,000 for early-stage companies and up to $250,000 for Youth IAF.

Summer Company Program

Provides up to $3,000 to young entrepreneurs between 15 and 29 years old start and run their own summer business.  This program is administered by the Muskoka Small Business Centre

Canada Small Business Financing Program

Need financing?  The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.

 Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports
Supports the delivery and marketing of high quality tourism and cultural experiences to Ontarians and visitors to Ontario through information, resources and funding, including:

Business Development Bank of Canada

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) promotes entrepreneurship by providing financing, consulting and venture capital services to Canadian Entrepreneurs, with special focus on small and medium sized enterprises.

IION - Innovation Initiatives Ontario North
Works with high-potential innovative entrepreneurs and established businesses at all stages of innovation; idea through to commercialization and scale.

 MentorWorks Ltd

The Mentor Works team have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Canadian government funding. Our team works directly with clients to discover solutions customized to their industry and current business challenges.

 Industrial Research Assistance Program

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) provides  technical and business advisory services and potential funding to SMEs in Canada to develop technologies and successfully commercialize them in a global marketplace.

 Canada Business Network
The Canada Business Network provides aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses with the resources needed to grow and prosper, including a wide range of information on Government services, programs and regulations, including:

Eastern Ontario Development Fund - Business Stream
The Eastern Ontario Development Fund gives money to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in eastern Ontario.
  • Small Community Program: Businesses with 5-10 employees located in small communities may be eligible for funding from the Small Community Program.
  • Business stream provides up to 15% of eligible project costs for a maximum grant of $1.5 million.
  • Regional stream provides up to 50% of eligible project costs for a maximum grant of up to $1.5 million.

FedNor (Northern Ontario Development Program)
Program funding for projects that support community economic development, business growth and competitiveness, and innovation.

 Futurepreneur Canada

Collateral-free loans at better interest rates than most banks. But we can't do it alone. We're able to finance up to $15,000 per business.

Co-operative Education Tax Credit

The Co-operative Education Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit of a maximum of $3,000. It is available to employers who hire students enrolled in a co-operative education program at an Ontario university or college.

Canada Summer Jobs

Provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses (50 or fewer employees) to create summer job opportunities for full-time students aged 15 to 30 years.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Provides 2/3 of the cost, up to $10,000, in government support per employee for training costs to small  or medium-sized businesses (50 or less employees).

Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network
  • BEAM - grants up to 75% of the cost to design, develop and implement a new or existing website, content, mobile applications and operational business applications. The PMCN BEAM 4 contribution is limited to $4,000 per business.
  • STAMP -  covers 75% of the assessment cost (up to a maximum of $3,750) and 50% of the costs to acquire products and services identified in the consultant's report (up to a maximum total grant of $6,250).
  • Founders Circle - $10,000 winner-take-all prize to be awarded to an individual or group with an innovative idea that will help improve the local economy.

Growing Forward 2 (GF 2) Cost-share Funding Assistance Program

Provides resources, tools and cost-share funding assistance to producers, processors, organizations and collaborations to grow their profits, expand markets and manage shared risks.


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Business and Development Applications, Licences, Permits, By-laws and Fees



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Networking and Community Support

 Gravenhurst Business Improvement Area

Originally the primary mandate focused on beautification initiatives but it has more recently evolved to include a mandate to sustain and develop the Downtown core through beautification, promotions, events and marketing activities.

 Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce

The local Chamber of Commerce strongly believes that supporting our business community ensures our town's continued growth and vitality. They provides access to business development opportunities and participates in projects that contributes to the Town's vitality.

Meeting and Event Space Database

Find the perfect venue for your meeting, party or event.  This database lists information about local indoor and outdoor spaces.

 Employment North

A non-profit, community based agency, assisting individuals businesses with employment development through employee/employer connections, training, skills development and administer many provincial and federal financial assistance. programs for employers.


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Other Information and Links

Available Lands

View buildings and properties currently available for lease and for sale in the Town of Gravenhurst.

Community Profile

View the Town of Gravenhurst's Community Profile to understand the opportunities and benefits of living and doing business here.

Utilities (Water, Sewer, Power, Internet, Gas)

Information on local services and providers.

Business Directory

Help customers find your business. This FREE local marketing tool helps new customers find out what your business has to offer.  This is a great option for new and small home based businesses who do not yet have a web presence or those businesses looking to increase SEO and Goggle searches.

Canada's Economic Action Plan - Support for Small Business

Canada's Small Businesses are engines for job creation that boost economic growth.  This site provides a list of credits and grants that are available through the economic action plan.

 A Land Use Planning Guide for Businesses (MAH)

The Planning and Application Resource Centre (PARC) is a source for information and tools related to the one window land use planning service in Ontario.  This information will help developers large and small better understand policies and guidelines set out by the province.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Information and services for new and existing Food and Accommodation businesses.

Filming Production Information and Resources

Learn more about filming in Gravenhurst.