The Scugog Advantage

 Community Information
 Learn why the Township of Scugog is an exceptional place to live, play and do business.

Starting or Expanding Your Business

 Site Selection
Explore key sites available for purchase or lease in Port Perry’s business park, downtown and commercial centre.
Business Licences and Permits

Some types of businesses require a licence or permit to operate in the Township of Scugog. Learn more by visiting the Business Applications, Licences and Permits webpage.

Other types of licences and permits that may be applicable to business owners in the Township of Scugog include, but are not limited to:

 Building Permits

Learn about Scugog’s building permit process and begin your application online.

 Development Charges
Discover municipal and regional development charge rates for your type and size of project.

Note: Both municipal and regional development charges apply

        Commercial = $11.55 / sq. ft.

        Industrial = $6.08 / sq. ft.

        Institutional = $7.77 / sq. ft.

        Commercial = $24.45 / sq.  ft.

        Industrial = $13.30 / sq. ft.

        Institutional = $12.86 / sq. ft.

 Development Incentives
Find out whether any of the Township of Scugog's Community Improvement Plan (CIP) incentives apply to your project.
Home-based Businesses

Business Directory

Count your home based business in and grow your exposure by completing the Durham Region Business Count and opting-in to having your business listed on the Durham Region Business Directory .

 Entrepreneurship Resources

Durham Region’s entrepreneurship network has the resources to help take your business to the next level.

Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD)

Durham Region entrepreneurs can take advantage of BACD’s free business support programming as they start or grow their business. From online or in-person workshops, one-on-one sessions or specialized programming, BACD has helped launch more than 1,700 local businesses and counting.

Georgina Association for Business (GAB)

Businesses located in the Township of Scugog who are looking for capital to assist with business expansion, the purchase of new assets, the purchase of an existing business or to start-up a new business are encouraged to explore business financing options through the GAB. Approved businesses may receive business loans up to $400,000 in value.

Spark Centre Innovation Hub & Business Incubator

Durham Region’s business incubator providing advisory services, office space and day-to-day operational support to early stage and rapidly growing innovation and technology companies.

Spark Angel Network

Spark Angel Network is a group of investors whose aim is to build economic growth within Durham Region by investing in innovative early-stage technology businesses.

1855 Whitby

Located in the former provincial Land Registry Office in Whitby, 1855 Whitby is Durham Region’s first and only technology accelerator whose mission is to position high potential tech companies for the global stage.

Brilliant Catalyst at Ontario Tech University

Open to all Ontario Tech students, faculty, recent alumni and staff, Brilliant Catalyst offers a range of programs that help founders turn their innovative ideas into successful ventures.

FastStart at Durham College

Open to all Durham College students, fast start is designed to help entrepreneurial students develop and launch their own business, while studying at DC.

Township Presence at Business Events
To request Mayor attendance at your business opening or ribbon cutting, please email .

Operating Your Business

 Hiring Local Talent

Post Secondary Talent

Durham Region is fortunate enough to be home to three world-class post-secondary institutions educating students in a wide variety of in-demand fields. Explore how your business can Tap into Talent.

Diversity in the Workplace

Review the Durham Region Employer Playbook for tips on how to effectively recruit, hire, onboard and integrate newcomers into your business.

Community Employment Office

Connect with the local Employment Ontario office for help getting your job postings filled!

Shop Local Initiatives

Shopping locally has never been more important – or easier! Take part in region-wide shop local initiatives.

Digital Adoption

Discover what digital adoption programs are available to Ontario small businesses through Digital Main Street!

Business Support Organizations

Connect with your local or regional business support organizations to be seen, heard and supported in the Township of Scugog.

Connect with Us!

Still have questions? Connect with us and we’ll be happy to chat!
Glen Macfarlane
Rural Economic Development Specialist
Invest Durham (Region of Durham)

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