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Business in Wasaga Beach

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..... the Best Place to Start A Business

Join one of Canada's fastest growing communities on the world's longest freshwater beach.

There are many opportunities for new businesses to serve our 18,000 + full time residents and 9,000 seasonal residents.

Our outstanding growth, combined with the more than two million tourists who visit Wasaga Beach each year, generates tremendous potential for every type of business.

Look in our Location Opportunities section for maps and information on new sites available for retail, commercial and light industrial development. This section also provides information on new residential developments.

For building statistics, demographic information, community services and other information check our Community Profile.

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Wasaga Beach has many sites available and franchisors looking for franchisees.

These include:
A&W, Choice Hotels, Second Cup, CityDirect, World of Water, Sharkeys, Aaron’s …
and more

We'll roll out the red carpet, not the red tape.


Starting a Business

Before you start your business in Wasaga Beach there are some important steps to take:

  • make sure have met all Provincial and Federal government regulations

  • make sure that appropriate zoning is in place for your proposed place of business

  • make sure you have completed a business license application for the Town of Wasaga Beach

Canada Ontario Business Call Centre (COBSC)

Entrepreneurs can email the Canada Ontario Business Call Centre (COBSC) for business start-up information regarding federal and provincial government programs and services: cobc@torcbsc.mc.gc.

Centre for Business and Economic Development
The Centre for Business and Economic Development is a one-stop resource. They will provide the information and guidance you need to get your business going and operate it successfully. They can provide you with funding services with loans up to $75,000, counselling and information services. The Centre for Business is a not-for-profit Community Futures Development Corporation sponsored by Industry Canada.(705)445-8410. www.centreforbusiness.ca.


Wasaga Beach Economic Development Office

The Town's Communications and Special Projects Coordinator is available to answer your questions about business opportunities. The office is located at the

Town of Wasaga Beach Administration Office

30 Lewis Street

Wasaga Beach

or

Email jlegget@


Financial Services within the Community
There are a number of financial services available in the Town of Wasaga Beach including TD/Canada Trust, RBC and Scotia Bank. There also a number of financial planning consultants, financing consultants, certified professional accountants and bookkeeping services. For more information, you can check the listings in our business directory.


Business FAQs

Q: Do I need a business license to open a business in Wasaga Beach?

A: All businesses operating within the Town of Wasaga Beach must have a current business license to operate. 

To inquire further about a business licenses please contact;

Phone705-429-2511

Emailwbbl@wasagabeach.com

Q: What do I need to do to get a business license?

A: Prior to being issued a license, business locations must first be approved by the Building and Planning Departments regarding suitable zoning, parking, etc. and then inspected by the Town's Fire and Property Standards Departments.

All food related businesses must also have the approval of the Simcoe/Muskoka District Health Unit

Phone705-445-0804.

Business Licensing By-law
Business Licence Procedures
Business Licence Application

Q: Can I have a business in my home?

A: Home occupations must also have a business license and are restricted somewhat in order to maintain the residential character of the surrounding neighbourhood.

A copy of the home occupation regulations can also be obtained at the By-law/Licensing Office or by reviewing Schedule 22 of the Business Licensing By-law or the Town's Zoning By-law.