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 Wasaga Beach is Open For 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 20,000 + 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.

If you are thinking of starting a business in Wasaga Beach or have any questions the Economic Development Office is here to help. 

Business Resources 

There are a number of programs and services available to assist with business start-up and growth. 

Town of Wasaga Beach Economic Development Office

Promoting economic development and growth, we work with the public and private sector to promote economic development. The Economic Development Office is your resource for information about business and tourism in Wasaga Beach. Website

Centre For Business and Economic Development  

A Federally funded program providing loans to new and existing small businesses. Providing support for community economic development. Website

South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre  

The focus of the Small Business Enterprise Centre is to provide support to start-up and existing small business enterprises during their development, retention and operation. Website

​Digital Main Street

Digital Main Street provide​​s: One-on-one assistance through the Digital Service Squad program to provide your business with free digital transformation consulting and support.​ Website​. Video.

Wasaga Beach Chamb
er of Commerce

Behind every forward-moving community, there is an organization of dedicated, energetic and vision driven men & women. The Chamber provides opportunities to promote your business through networking, advertising, seminars, trade shows, and more. Website

Wasaga Beach Women’s Business Association (WBWBA)

A large group of like-minded and professional female entrepreneurs.  Membership meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month and are held at Country Life Resort from 5:30 – 8pm.  Enjoy an evening of delicious dinner, laughter, support and skill building with these positive focused group of business women. Website

​Simcoe County Economic Development Office

The Simcoe County Economic Development Office is responsible for the attraction, retention, and expansion of businesses and business opportunities within Simcoe County. Website

Ontario Small Business Access Centre

The Ontario Small Business Access Centre has resources for small business owners including funding opportunities, business advice and information about growing your business.  Website

BizGrid

The BizGrid is an interactive online directory designed to help entrepreneurs access the resources and assistance they need in South Georgian Bay. They also have a physical infographic for quick reference. Website

​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. ​

Business Resources for Tourism Operators

There are unique opportunities and partnerships available for tourism operators in Wasaga Beach that will allow you to grow your audience, participate in local routes, guides and itineraries.​

Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7)

RTO7 provides regional leadership and coordination to help build and support competitive and sustainable tourism. They help ensure that our region is better able to attract visitors, generate more economic activity and create more jobs. They offer free tourism-related data and training. Website​. Consumer Website.

Tourism Simcoe County

Tourism Simcoe County provides county-wide leadership and coordination to help build and support competitive and sustainable tourism. They offer free tourism-related data and training, and drive experience development across the community. Website

South Georgian Bay Tourism (SGBT)

SGBT, formerly know as the Georgian Triangle Tourist Association is an In-Destination Education Organization (iDEO) which welcomes and introduces visitors​ to South Georgian Bay - Ontario's Four Season Playground. Website​​​


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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.