Get to know Durham Region
The eastern gateway to the Greater Toronto Area
by Leila Monteiro Lins
Durham Region is the eastern gateway to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and offers prime access to Canada’s largest market of more than five million people and 135 million more American and Canadian consumers. It’s located in one of the fastest growing region in North America – the Greater Golden Horseshoe – that generates two-thirds of Ontario’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Durham Region is made up of eight municipalities ranging from large, urban centres to small towns, hamlets and villages. These include the cities of Oshawa and Pickering; the towns of Ajax and Whitby; the Municipality of Clarington; and the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge.
The region has a rich and diverse economy and is one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities. Over the last two decades, the population of Durham Region has risen from 409,000 people in 1991 to more than 650,000 people in 2015. There will be an estimated $20 billion in infrastructure investments over the next 10 years, supporting future expansion and development across the region.
The fastest growing region in North America
As a manufacturing and engineering hub, with strengths in automotive, energy and technology sectors, Durham also holds the largest expanse of agricultural land in the Toronto area, making it a hub of food excellence and farm-to-table innovation.
Companies are drawn to Durham because of its stable and growing economy, skilled and reliable workforce, environment of innovation and collaboration, proximity to market, competitive business costs, high quality of life and affordable cost of living. Photo: Clarington farm.
In addition to the excellent primary and secondary schools, there are five leading post-secondary institutions with a presence in Durham Region, including University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Trent University, Queen’s University, Durham College and Centennial College. In just minutes, you can drive from an urban downtown to a rural village. Stop to enjoy fresh, newly picked apples on your way home or discover a lakefront-hiking trail. Cheer on your favourite hockey team on a modern sports complex or strap on your skis to make the most of a winter day. Add superb shopping, dining, arts and culture, and you have all the urban comforts that make a well-rounded lifestyle. Photo UOIT
Durham Region is a multicultural community that celebrates diversity and the unique strengths different cultures bring to form a diverse and dynamic place to live. With affordable living accommodations including single family and executive homes, apartment rentals, townhouses, and condominiums set in both urban and rural settings, there are plenty of choices for everyone. Photo: Beaver river Brock.