Economic Development

Are you interested in starting or expanding a business in the Township of Douro-Dummer? For help connecting you with the resources you need to make your business a success, contact us.

Why Douro-Dummer

The Township of Douro-Dummer is located approximately an hour and half northeast of the City of Toronto, bordering directly on the eastern boundary of the City of Peterborough. We are close to major national and international markets and offer easy access to Highway 7 to the south and Highway 28 to the north and west. Both highways connect our community to Kawartha cottage country and Highway 401.

Being a four-season community, we recognize the potential for growth and are actively pursuing new businesses to locate in our area.

Key industries

We are home to many farms, roadside markets, commercial and industrial operations and a booming tourist industry. Some key employment industries include:

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail and customer service
  • Tourism

Community profile

View our Community Profile to learn more about our community demographics, locational advantage, key industries and more.


We currently have available land that is pre-designated and pre-zoned for commercial development along the major transportation corridors. If you're interested in developing this land, please contact us. We welcome the opportunity to discuss with anyone who may be interested.

Business licences and permits

Learn how to apply for a business licence or permit. Depending on the type of business, you may need to apply for a business licence through the Township.

Business resources

We can help connect you to a variety of local resources including networking and funding opportunities to help take your business to new heights.

Peterborough and Kawarthas Economic Development

Visit Peterborough and Kawarthas Economic Development to access local funding opportunities, networking events, business testimonies and for a complete breakdown of local demographics and key industries.

Community Futures Peterborough

Community Futures Peterborough offers business mentorships, consultations, networking opportunities and funding for businesses operating in Peterborough and the surrounding area.

Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario

The Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario offers a variety of supports and resources for Ontario businesses. This includes COVID-19 relief.