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City Manager's Message

The City of Oshawa is in the “right place”. Located just 45 minutes east of Toronto, Oshawa is the eastern gateway to the Greater Toronto Area and part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe. In addition, Oshawa is the largest urban centre within Durham Region (one of the fastest growing regions in Canada).

We are thrilled to welcome continued growth in 2014 and plan to continue setting new milestones for development. In 2013, the City achieved numerous construction records including:

  • June – highest residential construction issued in any month on record and highest June for total construction value
  • August – second-highest residential construction issued in any month on record
  • September – highest September for commercial construction value

Oshawa residents enjoy a rich quality of life and the advantages of big city living, while also enjoying the benefits of Oshawa’s rural areas, including the Hamlets of Columbus and Raglan. Residents do not have to travel outside city boundaries to enjoy picturesque conservation areas, U-Pick farms and farmers’ markets.

When venturing to other destinations, there are plenty of options, including numerous GO Train, GO Bus and VIA Rail trips directly from Oshawa west to Toronto, east to Ottawa and to a multitude of other destinations. In addition to the city’s four Hwy 401 interchanges, work is well underway on the Hwy 407 East Extension that will extend the highway to Harmony Road in Oshawa by 2015 and to Hwy 35/115 in Clarington by 2020. Oshawa also offers a full-service airport, as well as a deep water port.

Oshawa is an academic destination. We are home to three highly acclaimed post-secondary institutions – Durham College, Trent University Oshawa and UOIT. In addition, Queen’s University School of Family Medicine has established a training site for several of its programs at Lakeridge Health Oshawa.

Located in the heart of downtown is the General Motors Centre. Ranked one of the top venues of its size in the world, the GM Centre hosts the latest in top performers, including Elton John, Selena Gomez, Cirque du Soleil, Hedley, Riverdance and Johnny Reid. The venue is also home to the Oshawa Generals OHL Hockey Club and the Durham TurfDogs of the Canadian Lacrosse League.

Positive changes are continuing in our downtown core. From collaborative community projects to new businesses, hotels and authentic restaurants, the downtown core is a proven hub for professional services, education, entertainment and amazing food.

The City of Oshawa has recently launched the “Culture Counts: Oshawa’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan” which supports and builds upon Oshawa’s cultural vitality. This plan, in partnership with community groups and cultural organizations, will guide our arts, culture and heritage for years to come.

Oshawa is proud to be home to Parkwood National Historic Site, several museums, Ontario Philharmonic symphony and live theatre. Over 45 amazing events are enjoyed by thousands each year, including the City's New Year's Eve family event, popular Concerts in the Park, the highly acclaimed Peony Fest and award-winning Canada Day Celebration.

Oshawa has recreation facilities throughout the city for all ages and abilities, as well as four seniors’ centres and four library branches. The award-winning Legends Centre features four NHL-sized ice rinks, a swimming pool with two-storey waterslide, fitness centre and gymnasium. The South Oshawa Community Centre has a pool with a waterslide, as well as a teaching kitchen and youth room. The Civic Recreation Complex is the most diverse sports facility in Durham Region. The six-field complex includes six sports fields and an international-level outdoor track and field facility with stadium seating for 2,000.

Designated as “bicycle friendly,” Oshawa’s extensive 27-kilometre trail network is complemented by 2,100 acres of parkland and open spaces, including 135 parks and over 100 playgrounds. Situated on Oshawa's scenic waterfront, is the 30-acre Lakeview Park with a 1.3 hectare sandy beach, boardwalk, playgrounds, sports fields and trails, as well as the Second Marsh, the largest coastal wetland in the GTA.

Browse our website to learn more about the City’s initiatives, programs and events and to discover all that Oshawa has to offer. Stay up-to-date on the latest City news with our quarterly e-newsletter or by following us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

I invite you to share your feedback, questions or suggestions. For more information on City services, please contact Service Oshawa.

Rob Browning
City Manager