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Welcome to Durham Region Economic Development

Durham Region Economic Development Strategy

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Introduction

Durham Region, one of Canada's growing economic communities, is made up of the cities of Oshawa and Pickering; the towns of Ajax and Whitby; the Municipality of Clarington; and the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge.

As the largest geographic municipality in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Durham Region has one of the fastest growing populations in Canada, with approximately 660,765 residents in 2015 and a forecasted population of around one million by 2031.

Durham Region's land, location, people, infrastructure and balanced living opportunities make Durham the clear choice for investment.

Economic Development and Tourism Division

The Economic Development and Tourism Division's priority is to lead, facilitate and advance Durham Region's efforts for continued economic growth, job creation, and revitalization throughout the region.

One of the key goals of the Economic Development and Tourism Division is to attract new foreign direct investment to the Region of Durham. By working with municipal, regional, provincial and federal partners, the Region promotes its value proposition to businesses in key sectors in priority markets. The primary activity of the Investment Attraction team is to generate and handle investment inquiries, and to convert these into successful investment within the Region.

The Region's effort to attract new foreign direct investment is focused on the key sector strengths of the region:

The Region's Investment attraction activities are focused on four key international markets:

  • United States
  • Germany
  • China
  • Brazil

The Chinese market, in particular, has seen significant activity. More information can be found here.