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Known as the Gateway to Muskoka, Gravenhurst offers a prime geographical location, solid infrastructure, natural beauty and work-life balance for you and your employees. The average commute for Gravenhurst employees is 5-15 minutes, allowing your future workers to enjoy living in cottage country just minutes after leaving work. Many people move here for that reason alone. 

You may be considering investing in Gravenhurst because you're looking for a change of scenery, however there are many reasons we believe that our town is the perfect place to start your own business or invest in development. Continue reading below or reach out to the Economic Development Team with any questions.

Why should you invest in Gravenhurst?

Opportunities, Funding & Business Support Services

In Gravenhurst we strive to make you feel like you are a part of the community before you even get here. The Economic Development Department is committed to making your move here as quick and easy as possible. To learn more about opportunities and target sectors in Gravenhurst follow the links.  

Site Selection Services & Available Property

Gravenhurst has a diverse set of available lands and buildings. We keep our Available Property database up-to-date at all times to ensure ease of use when searching for your ideal location.   We can offer value for your investment dollars over current rates of large municipalities.

We are happy to provide you with assistance in choosing your new business location, working with you from concept to closing to ensure the right fit.  This includes liaison services with internal staff and external community partners and services. 

ZERO Commercial & Industrial Development Charges 

Town Council has made a commitment to create a competitive advantage for the community by eliminating all commercial and industrial development charges to help encourage expansion and new buildings both in town and in the rural community. In recent years, The District of Muskoka has also reduced their non-residential development charges to $1.79 a sq. ft., saving investors of new and expanding commercial and industrial developments thousands of dollars.

Downtown Community Improvement Plan

A wide variety of grants are available to property and business owners whose buildings are found in the Community Improvement Area. Council's commitment to the program was demonstrated when available funds were doubled increase again in 2019 from the previous year. 

Business Retention and Expansion 

At the Town of Gravenhurst every business is important to us. Whether you are a small retail store or an international corporation, we are here to help you succeed.  Each year we reach out the the Annual Business Survey to discuss successes and challenges with local business owners.  Comments and data collected through this program help form local program and initiatives to help the community. 

Data Services

When looking to start a new business it is important to know your market. The Town of Gravenhurst can provide local demographics and trends to help get your business started.

Business Marketing 

We are committed to providing every business in Gravenhurst with a listing in our business directory. This not only provides businesses an online presence but also offers free advertising on the Town of Gravenhurst's website. With 2500 searches a month, this is a valuable resource. 

Cost-Effective yet Accessible Location 

Gravenhurst is a vibrant yet cost-effective location for your business.  Need to go to the city to connect face-to-face? Driving from Gravenhurst to Barrie only takes an hour, Toronto is just 1.5 hours away, or if you're feeling bougie you can also catch a 35 minute flight to downtown Toronto by plane from the Muskoka Airport, located just outside of downtown Gravenhurst.

Not only do Gravenhurst businesses pay lower commercial property taxes, the cost of purchasing/leasing land or buildings is significantly lower than what you would have to pay in Toronto or other towns & cities.

 

Gravenhurst Average Lease RatesAverage Lease Price/SqftAverage Sale Price/Sqft
Commercial Core $13.46 $157.17
Highway Commercial $13.75 $119.13
Airport/Industrial Park $12.00 $107.40
Overall Average: $13.07 $127.90

Source: Gravenhurst Property Market Summary (Dec 2018). Raw data is gathered from Lakeland Real Estate Board, MLS and direct information from Commercial/Industrial property owners

We understand that much of our success and growth comes from within; retaining and expanding our current businesses is a priority.  However, new investment sparks creativity and energy which balances tried and true pillars of our community.  For more information see below or contact Jeff Loney, Manager of Economic Development at 705-687-3412 ext. 2258 or kayla.jager@gravenhurst.ca

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