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GO Transit train station in Whitby, Ontario.

GO Transit train station in Whitby, Ontario.


Boats docked at the Whitby Harbour.

Boats docked at the Whitby Harbour.


A plane at the Oshawa Municipal Airport in Oshawa.

A plane at the Oshawa Municipal Airport in Oshawa.

In the 1800s, the War of Independence, within the United States, created a group of refugees, known as The United Empire Loyalists. These people were loyal to Britain and left the United States to settle in Canada, which was under British rule.

These individuals were some of the early founders of local businesses that later became major manufacturing companies in Durham Region. One example is the McLaughlin Carriage Company (later known as General Motors of Canada).

Our region is home to businesses, manufacturing, farms and urban neighbourhoods. We are known as the energy capital of Ontario; providing more than 30 per cent of the province's electricity needs.

There are colleges and universities, five hospitals, and a cancer centre.

Attractions include gardens, sports complexes, historical sites, zoos, conservation areas, museums and many interesting and picturesque downtowns.

What makes Durham Region so attractive is its accessibility–offering a transportation network that consists of an airport, a deep-sea harbour, railway lines, and major highway routes (401 and 407).

This complements our modern and accessible network of public streets/roads and public transportation (buses and trains).

Take a look at our website to learn more about what makes Durham Region such an attractive place to invest.