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Oshawa, a City of approximately 150,000 people is located 50 km east of downtown Toronto on the shore of Lake Ontario.
Since 1974, it has been part of the Regional Municipality of Durham and is the dominant population and economic centre of this Region. First settled by the French as a Trading Post in 1750, Oshawa grew steadily to the status of a Village in 1850, a Town in 1879 and a corporate City in 1924.
A major event occurred in 1876 when the Mclaughlin Carriage Company as it came to be called was moved to Oshawa from Enniskillen by Robert Mclaughlin, Col. R.S. Mclaughlins father. This company was the forerunner of General Motors of Canada Limited which now has its Canadian headquarters in Oshawa and stands as the City's principal employer and taxpayer.
The importance of the auto industry to the Canadian
economy generally, plus the buoyant economy of
Southern Ontario and proximity to United States
markets, aided in the expansion of Oshawa's population
and economic base. Major employment functions include
manufacturing of transportation equipment, primary
metals, and metal fabricating, printing and publishing,
retail trade and rubber and plastics manufacturing.
Oshawa's future is bright. The recent upgrading and
expansion of the Oshawa Shopping Centre and the
continued investment by General Motors of Canada Ltd.,
including the Autoplex facility and the Canadian
Headquarters building, are indicative of a stable and
prosperous outlook for the City.
Similarly, the extension
of GO Train (commuter) service to the City, proposed
improvements and widening of Highway 401, the
planned construction of the new Highway 407 through
the City, and the recent modernization of the Oshawa
Oshawa is moving forward to even greater growth and prosperity,
as many families are choosing to take up residence in our city.
Take the time to explore this diverse city and experience all that Oshawa has to offer - you will be pleasantly surprised.