Aurora, ON est. 1888

Aurora is a fast growing town, with 62,057 people (2021 Census). Aurora is just 30 minutes north of the City of Toronto, in the heart of Ontario's economic engine, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Offering urban amenities and a small town lifestyle, Aurora has a diverse economy, well-educated and skilled workforce, excellent transportation connections and a highly-evolved technological infrastructure.​

Our supportive municipal government offers a tax-friendly environment with affordable serviced land and quick access to major markets. Choosing Aurora welcomes your business with a large network of connections to get you up an running with speed. And, with neighbours like Magna International, Bulk Barn Canada, Dejardins Insurance and a historic downtown full of growing businesses, you know you're in good company.

The Town's Economic Development division helps support a healthy business environment that attracts new businesses and responds to the needs of the current business community. The division's focus is to create supportive relationships with local businesses to promote business attraction, retention and expansion. 


Planning Process

We strive to make the planning process as straightforward as possible. Below are a few helpful links to help you get started. Please contact us if you have specific questions about your project or need assistance. 

Interactive Zoning Map

Public Planning Meetings

Official Plan Review

Development Charges 

Business Community

The Aurora business community has a rich history of innovators and merchants - the entrepreneurs of the day - and continues that tradition today. Aurora is home to nearly 2400 businesses, 63% of businesses made up of 1-4 employees. Click here for more details and visual graphs.

Aurora Business Directory (YorkMaps)
York Region Business Directory (YorkMaps)

*York Region conducts an annual region-wide business survey in partnership with the local municipalities. For more information please contact us!

The Town of Aurora is part of the Greater Toronto Area, and conveniently located along Highway 404. Aurora is uniquely situated just 35km north of Toronto and equally situated 35km from Georgina and the beautiful 'Cottage Country' along Lake Simcoe. Click here to view Aurora, ON in Google Maps.

The Town of Aurora's population was 55,445 (2016 Census), and is currently estimated at 62,057 (2021 Census). Click here for various demographic details, updated as available. New Census information is being released through 2022. Click here for the latest StatsCan data.

Education and Schools

The Town of Aurora has a long history of education and is proud to offer a variety of educational choices. One of Canada's oldest schools, St. Andrew's College, is a private school for boys, and the new St. Anne's School, will soon be open for girls. As well, Aurora is home to five High Schools, and several grade schools from the four school board districts. 


Aurora is also uniquely positioned within York Region that provides access to several universities including:

York University

University of Toronto

Seneca College 

Centennial College

Aurora's healthcare is anchored by Southlake Regional Health Centre. Southlake is a leading university-affiliated teaching and research centre, and serves the residents of York Region. 
Housing in Aurora is mostly single detached houses (Census 2016), and is increasingly adding a variety of housing types to suit the growing populations. For more details on housing, housing starts, vacancy and rental rates, visit: Aurora Stats

A skilled and diverse workforce is growing in Aurora. Visit Aurora Workforce to view visual breakdowns of workforce statistics (Census 2016).

Maps & Open Data
A variety of maps and data are readily available through York Region.

Please contact us if you have specific questions about your project or need further details or connections.