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About Durham Region

Durham Region (also known as the Regional Municipality of Durham) is located in southern Ontario, in close proximity to Toronto.  It is accessible by two major highways and the Go Transit system, which allows many of its residents to commute to Toronto for work. 

The population of the entire region was 608,124 in 2011, with the highest population density found in the areas of Ajax, Oshawa, Pickering and Whitby. The region has a variety of communities including urban centres as well as smaller towns and villages.

Top employers in Durham region include:

  • General Motors Canada
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Region of Durham
  • Lakeridge Health Corporation
  • Rouge Valley Health System
  • Lakeridge Health Oshawa
  • Durham District Public School Board
  • Great Blue Heron Charity Casino
  • Durham College
  • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Sciences

According to the 2011 National Household Survey, Durham Region’s top industries are: retail trade, health care & social assistance, manufacturing, educational services, finance & insurance, construction, professional, scientific & technical services, public administration and accommodation & food services.