Operating & Planning Support
The following information has been assembled to help businesses navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19.
For questions or assistance, businesses are encouraged to contact the Economic Development office through its designated hotline at 705-690-9937 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Building and Planning Services
Building and Planning Services have modified processes for drop off or electronic submission of Building Permit and Planning Application submissions.
Option 1 – To schedule an appointment or for more information call 705-674-4455 ext 4278. Residents attending Tom Davies Square for appointments must wear a non-medical mask or face covering.
Option 2 – Electronic Submission. Please fill out our Building Application Form. Please see the checklists to understand what type of documents you will need for your type of construction.
Community Improvement Plans
Community Improvement Plans (CIP) are a sustainable development planning tool used to encourage the development, redevelopment and revitalization of targeted areas throughout the city.
Film and Television
Recognized worldwide for its regional film incentives, studio and post-production services and crew base, Sudbury has welcomed productions from CBC, Netflix, City TV, Hallmark and more.
Meetings, Conventions and Sports
Let Us Help You Plan Your Event! Are you planning a meeting in Sudbury? Perhaps you’re hosting an event here in the city? You might be gathering the folks for a family reunion, organizing for “the big day” or inviting other teams for a tournament. Whatever the reason, we’re here to help!
Outdoor Patios and Sidewalk Retail
The City of Greater Sudbury offers a streamlined application process to local businesses with plans for new or expanded restaurant patios and outdoor retail activities.
Business owners who have determined that an outdoor patio will generate positive returns are encouraged to submit their plans online to the City of Greater Sudbury.
Restaurants with existing built-in patios under licence with the City of Greater Sudbury and the Liquor Licence Act are permitted to open without additional approvals.
For additional information, please contact the City of Greater Sudbury by email at email@example.com or call the dedicated Business Support Hotline at 705-690-9937.
To assist with economic recovery, the City has waived the $1.50 per square metre monthly permit fee associated with the set-up of outdoor dining spaces on public properties, along with fees associated with occupying on-street parking spaces.
Each request for a liquor license, whether permanent or temporary, requires approval from the City prior to the AGCO granting the license. The Municipal Clerk must provide approval, and the Fire and Building Departments must review the application.
Regional Business Centre
The Regional Business Centre offers its own grant programming for entrepreneurs:
The Starter Company Plus Program provides mentoring, training and the opportunity of a grant for individuals 18 years of age and above to start, grow or buy a small business. Applications open in the Fall of each year.
Summer Company, provides students between the ages of 15 to 29 and who are returning to school in September the opportunity to receive a grant of up to $3000 to develop and run their very own business this summer. Successful applicants of the Summer Company Program will be paired with a Regional Business Centre mentor and receive one-on-one business training, support, and advice.
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIP)
RNIP is an economic pilot program targeted to foreign nationals who have received a recommendation from a participating community and obtained a job offer within the same community’s boundaries; who meet minimum education, work experience, language proficiency, and settlement fund requirements; and who intend to reside in the recommending community.
ShopHERE Powered by Google
ShopHERE powered by Google is offering local businesses and artists the opportunity to have their online stores built for free. The program is now available to small businesses in Greater Sudbury. Local businesses and artists can apply for the program through Digital Main Street ShopHERE to get their online stores built at no cost.
Greater Sudbury's economic development team can assist you and your clients with obtaining market data and other information services relevant to business location decisions, including economic indicators, workforce information, industrial and commercial real estate information and customized business development data.
Sudbury Tourism is the Destination Marketing Organization for the City of Greater Sudbury. We provide information, tools and resources for visitors, partners, community stakeholders, and residents through: