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The old Regional Headquarters building in Whitby.

The old Regional Headquarters building in Whitby.

The County of Ontario Court House and Administration Building, which first opened in 1964, housed administrative offices for the County of Ontario. This included: council chambers, the warden’s office, the clerk-treasurer, an engineer, assessors, the health unit, juvenile and family court, committee rooms, and emergency measures.

It also housed the Administration of Justice, including: courtrooms, a law library, a sheriff’s office, offices of the Registrar, a crown attorney, and probation officer’s accommodation. The courtrooms related to supreme, county and surrogate courts.

When the Region was formed in January 1974, the building became a headquarters for this new upper-tier municipality. While it continued to house several Ontario courtrooms, over the years it also included the following Regional departments: Office of the Regional Chair and Chief Administrative Officer, Clerk’s, Human Resources, Legal, Durham Emergency Measures Office (formed in 1997 and later renamed the Durham Emergency Management Office), and the print shop.

In addition, the Region had offices at various locations across the eight area municipalities (for services related to finance, social services, health, works, etc.). 

The old Regional Headquarters building in Whitby.

The new Regional Headquarters building in Whitby.

The Regional Municipality of Durham officially opened its current headquarters, at 605 Rossland Rd. E. in Whitby, in October 2005. This new facility was built on a piece of property, located directly beside the Region’s former headquarters (also the previous County of Ontario Court House and Administration Building).

Five years later, the original building was torn down. Prior to the start of this demolition in summer 2010, various plaques, the coat of arms, and other landmarks of historical significance (to Durham Region and the former County of Ontario) were removed from in, and around, the building.

Today, the Region provides a large number of programs and services. To learn more, visit http://www.durham.ca/default.asp?nr=/services/servinside.htm.