The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Residents enjoy National Public Works Week festivities

WHITBY, ON May 16, 2016

More than 1000 residents attended Durham Region’s National Public Works Week (NPWW) open house events on May 14, kicking off a week-long celebration from May 15 to 21.

The open houses were held at the Durham York Energy Centre in Clarington, and the Oshawa/Whitby Depot in Whitby. Both locations offered activities for residents of every age, such as: truck and equipment displays; educational materials and interactive educational displays; face painters; crafts; games; tours of the facilities and more.

“By the time most residents get to work or school in the morning, they have already been impacted by public works in many ways. From enjoying a glass of clean drinking water to setting their garbage at the curb, or getting in the car and driving on a Regional Road—many services are provided by Durham Region’s Works Department,” says Cliff Curtis, Commissioner of Works. “Each year during the third week of May, municipalities across North America celebrate National Public Works Week to help raise awareness about the infrastructure and services provided by public works and how they improve the quality of life for present and future generations.”

This year’s event provided the public the first opportunity to see inside the Durham York Energy Centre, a state-of-the-art, energy-from-waste facility in Courtice. Residents were able to tour the new facility, to see how their garbage is processed after it leaves the curb. For more information about the Durham York Energy Centre, visit

Durham Region is well-known for its successful NPWW celebrations, having won the Bruce Brunton Award—an honour given by the Ontario Public Works Association to recognize the efforts of Ontario municipalities who participate in the week-long event—twice, in 2011 and 2014.

To learn more about the Durham Region Works Department, visit

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