The York Region Employment Survey will not occur in 2020 as it is moving to a council-approved bi-annual schedule moving forward.

The York Region Employment Survey is an annual Region-wide door-to-door survey of all businesses with a physical presence in the Region, including home- and farm-based businesses that may participate optionally online.

Making Changes To Business Directory Information:

To update your business directory information, please contact the Planning and Economic Development Branch at (905) 830-4444 ext. 71509 or via e-mail at businessdirectory@york.ca.

The survey is intended to monitor the location and characteristics of businesses within York Region by collecting business details including company name, address, business activity and number of employees. This information is used to:

  • Monitor local economic trends
  • Analyze and market local business sectors
  • Form business attraction and retention strategies
  • Forecast future transit and other infrastructure needs
  • Create and update business directories
  • Receive a free business listing in the York Region Business Directory
  • Discover opportunities for growing your company
  • Build business-to-business relationships with other York Region companies
  • Strengthen our local business economy

York Region’s first region-wide employment survey occurred in 1998. Between 2001 and 2006, the annual survey targeted only key areas of employment, high-growth, and regional centres. In 2007, a partnership was entered with the nine local municipalities to once again complete a comprehensive region-wide survey of all businesses. Home-based businesses were encouraged to submit their business information online in 2012 and in 2015 farm-based businesses were contacted with the assistance of the York Federation for Agriculture to participate as well.

Door-to-door interviews with the business community are conducted by a team of surveyors between May and August. Secondary methods of contact include telephone interviews, e-mail correspondence and online survey submissions.

Information collected from the employment survey is used for planning and analysis purposes with sensitive data being used internally only and kept confidential. For a complete listing of how specific data fields are used please refer to the terms of use.

Terms of Use for Collected Data

For more information, please contact us by email businessdirectory@york.ca or call 905-830-4444 ext 71509.


The Regional Municipality of York
Economic Strategy Office
17250 Yonge Street
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
L3Y 6Z1

York Link
169 Enterprise Boulevard
Markham, Ontario, Canada
L6G 0E7

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