Finding a Job

"The best way to predict the future is to create it." 

business people shaking handsWhether you are a work-from-home professional desiring a change of scenery or you are tired of the rat race of city life and are ready to explore new career options, Gravenhurst has much to offer you. We may not have skyscrapers and light pollution, but we prefer to see the stars at night anyways. Come discover why having a career in Muskoka is the foundation for creating a less chaotic and more affordable lifestyle for you and your family. As a direct result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many professionals are evaluating their options and are moving away from traditional 9-5 jobs and towards innovative and analytical careers, many of which can be conducted remotely. People have realized that there is more to life than just work. They desire a healthier balance and crave the ability to enjoy recreational and outdoor activities to share with friends and family. This is why more young people are moving to Gravenhurst to take advantage of business opportunities and the lifestyle that it offers. With nearly 600 businesses in town, there are a variety of employment opportunities available in a number of sectors. Many of Gravenhurst residents are employed in science, engineering, arts, culture, entertainment and knowledge-based professions, including management, finance, law, healthcare and education. That's not all, though. Here are a few more examples of the many sectors that are expanding in Gravenhurst:

The Construction industry is the area's largest employment sector.  High paying, skilled jobs are abundant in Muskoka. Jobs in this sector are not limited to those who are educated/experienced in the trades; a variety of jobs are needed to support operations and businesses. Many construction companies in Gravenhurst are hiring for general labourers, administration and management professionals, and business services and logistics workers. Data shows that the construction industry is steadily growing in Gravenhurst, with many companies hiring for full-time, year-round positions that offer competitive living wages and benefits packages.

Tourism is a key sector in Gravenhurst, and there are many jobs available that would be a great opportunity for someone looking for a low stress work environment with customer-oriented interactions. The abundance of jobs in tourism also helps to support our youth as well as semi-retired residents, many of whom are looking for part-time and seasonal employment options with the flexibility to enjoy life on their own schedule. 

Entrepreneurs are an excellent fit for our town. If you have been thinking about starting a small business or relocating your current one, there has never been a better time to make the leap. Gravenhurst residents are proud to support local businesses and nothing excites them more than when a new restaurant, shop, or attraction opens up in town! Call us today to discuss your business plan, we will probably be just as excited about it as you are!

Thinking of moving but not sure what that would mean for your partner/family members? Check out our Trailing Spouses Assistance page to see how we can help make your move as stress-free as possible.

 Local Area Job Boards and Listings
So... Why Work in Gravenhurst?
  • Work/life harmony. By cutting down on your commute and living close to the recreation and cultural events that you enjoy, you can spend more time being there rather than getting there.
  • Opportunity to follow your dreams. Most people spend the majority of their adult lives working for someone else, but Gravenhurst affords its local entrepreneurs a lower cost of doing business and a supportive community filled with dedicated resources, making it easier to turn your passion into a successful business.
  • Reliable Connectivity. Within the urban area, there is 100% access to high-speed internet.  In rural areas over 50% of properties have access to high-speed services, with more access under development.  A super high-speed gigabit capacity fibre to the home (FTTH) network was installed in 2016. This positively impacted some 1,350 homes and businesses principally in the urban area.
  • Networking & Co-Working Opportunities. In 2015 The Network Space was established in Gravenhurst. It offers a comfortable place for business owners to connect and flexible office space with high tech features such as 3D printing, networking and mentorship events.
  • Community Support. There are a number of employment and business resources available to assist you in finding a job or opening/expanding your business. Learn more on our Business Support Programs and Financial Support Programs on our Find Support for My Business page.
  • Corporate flexibility. Need to be in Toronto for in-person meetings? It takes as little as 1.5 hours to get to the city by car, or you can fly from Muskoka Airport to downtown Toronto in just 35 minutes on Porter Airlines.

These websites are a great place to start, but we’d love to hear from you! Give us a call and a member of our team can help you navigate the programs and services that will best suit your specific situation. Our Economic Development Team can be reached at 705-687-3412 ext. 2258 or 2265, or try emailing us at nicole.hilton@gravenhurst.ca or kayla.jager@gravenhurst.ca 

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