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Business Count

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development has concluded the 2023 Business Count Survey. Stay tuned for the Business Count Report in early 2024!

Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson

Business Count & CRM Project Coordinator

The 2022 Business Count Report is available to download below.

Business Count Schedule

The Business Count team will be reaching out to businesses across Peterborough & the Kawarthas throughout the summer. Check out the schedule below to see when your municipality will be surveyed.

North KawarthaMay 1-5 – (Phone Surveys)
North KawarthaMay 8-12 – (Phone Surveys)
Trent LakesMay 15-19 – (Phone Surveys)
Douro-DummerMay 22-26 – (Phone Surveys)
Havelock-Belmont-MethuenMay 29-June 2 – (In-person + Phone Surveys)
Havelock-Belmont-Methuen/City of PeterboroughJune 5-9 – (Phone Surveys)
City of PeterboroughJune 12-16 – (In-person + Phone Surveys)
City of PeterboroughJune 19-23 – (Phone Surveys)
City of PeterboroughJune 26-30 – (In-person + Phone Surveys)
City of PeterboroughJuly 3-7 – (In-person + Phone Surveys)
Cavan Monaghan + City of PeterboroughJuly 10-14 – (In-person + Phone Surveys)
Otonabee-South Monaghan + City of PeterboroughJuly 17-21 – (Phone Surveys)
Asphodel-NorwoodJuly 24-28 – (Phone Surveys)
SelwynJuly 31-August 4 – (In-person + Phone Surveys)
SelwynAugust 7-11 – (Phone Surveys)
City of Peterborough + North KawarthaAugust 14-18 – (Phone Surveys)
*Note that these dates are subject to change
Three men and 1 woman standing in a line in the hallway of Venture North. L-R: Sam, Jack, Jack, Laura

The Business Count Team

Meet the team who will be calling businesses within your local municipality.

L-R: Sam, Jack, Jack, Laura

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) will be conducting a brief voluntary count that will provide valuable insight into the region’s economy. It is important that data is collected on as many businesses in the community as possible to establish a healthy benchmark for local employers, planners, and workforce. 

The business count will ask questions such as:

  • How many people do you employ?
  • What is the square footage of your business?
  • Do you import or export?
  • What is the legal status and ownership of your company?

The business count data will:

  • Provide a valuable annual snapshot of the region’s business community
  • Identify vacant properties and spaces for new and existing businesses to locate, supporting the region’s main streets, business corridors and storefronts
  • Provide improved regional workforce data
  • Assist in making better informed decisions related to job growth, workforce development, business opportunities and community development initiatives

Employment data is being collected with four objectives:

  1. To establish a solid and dependable employment database
  2. To update our internal business directory
  3. To facilitate the regular collection of employment data in the future
  4. To enhance communication channels with businesses to directly share programs and opportunities that can benefit their operations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know the count is legitimate?

If a surveyor calls you over the phone they will be calling from a verified Peterborough & the Kawarthas line. If you are unsure that it is someone from Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development, please contact Laura Thompson.

Q: Why can’t PKED get this data from my taxes?

Tax information is strictly confidential and cannot be accessed by PKED staff.  In addition, the Business Count requires specific data that is best obtained through a one-on-one interview process.

Q: Will my answers be kept confidential?

The information is being used, in part, to generate an updated internal business directory. We will provide municipalities the results of the count for businesses that agree to share the results. This will be something that we strongly recommend when administering the count. Businesses that do not want their information shared will have the specific details of their count kept private.

Q: I was already asked similar questions last week, why am I being asked this again?

It is possible that staff from another Regional department, local municipality or organization such as a Business Improvement Area were collecting information. PKED staff will not be interviewing an establishment multiple times.

Terms of Use

DataTerms of Use
Business NamePrivate
Business DescriptionPrivate
General Business Contact Information
Business AddressPrivate
Business Phone NumberPrivate
Business EmailPrivate
Business Details
“Are you a manufacturing business? If yes, what market sector does your business serve?”Aggregate
Home-Based BusinessAggregate
Number of EmployeesAggregate
“Are you hiring in the future?”Aggregate
Total Floor SpaceAggregate
Farm – AcresAggregate
“Are you planning on expanding your floor space?”Aggregate
“Is your floor space Owned or Leased?”Aggregate
Year Business EstablishedAggregate
Year Business Established at this locationAggregate
Locations outside of the RegionAggregate
Legal StatusAggregate
Ownership FormAggregate
Skills ShortageAggregate
Contact NamesPrivate



PKED staff may use this information publicly in aggregated form. For example, the floor space square footage of a specific business will not be made public, but the total amount of floor space in a municipality could be used publicly.


PKED staff will only use this information for internal purposes and will not share or publish the information.