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 invest@greatersudbury.ca 

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 situation, please note this page was last updated: Feb 18, 2021 at 2:48:57 PM

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

The City of Greater Sudbury is offering a streamlined application process to local businesses with plans for new or expanded restaurant patios.

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.

For questions and assistance, please email sidewalkspatios@greatersudbury.ca

 

Restaurants that have traditionally opened existing built-in patios are able to do so without additional approvals from the City.

All businesses must follow Public Health requirements for both staff and clients to operate a COVID-safe establishment, including physical distancing, cleaning and disinfection protocols.

If you plan to erect tents or canopies, you may need a permit from Building Services as some structures are governed by the Ontario Building Code.

Regardless of the size tent or tarpaulin used for commercial purposes, the material must be certified as flame resistant or flame retardant.

If you are purchasing a product, be sure to specify that it is for commercial use and ask the question whether the supplier can supply certification that it is flame retardant or flame resistant.

Fabric must be certified to meet or exceed CAN/ULC-S109, "Flame Tests of Flame-Resistant Fabrics and Films", or NFPA 701, "Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films." Documentation will be required for approval.

The City of Greater Sudbury offers assistance to all businesses through its dedicated Business Support Hotline at 705-690-9937.

 

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.

Site Selection

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.

Tourism Development

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: