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Office of the Mayor

Mayor's Message

Mayor of Oshawa

Welcome to Oshawa! We are an award-winning city with an active, caring community.

The city offers plenty of recreation programs and activities, and our neighbourhoods provide numerous outdoor recreation opportunities. Each year, over 3 million residents and visitors experience the city’s sport fields and state-of-the-art facilities. We have nearly 1,500 hectares of parkland and open spaces, including approximately 140 parks, more than 100 playgrounds and over 26 kilometres of trails. For more information, visit the Recreation web section.

The General Motors Centre -- Durham Region’s premier sports and entertainment centre -- is home of the Oshawa Generals, one of Junior Hockey’s most successful franchises. The General Motors Centre hosts numerous concerts and events. To see a schedule of upcoming concerts and events, visit

Oshawa hosts over 45 annual community events. Five museums, three live theatres, a national art gallery and a world-class symphony enrich the city. To see what is happening throughout the community, take a look at our Community Calendar.

According to the Conference Board of Canada, Oshawa continues to be a leader in economic growth. Furthermore, the City has a plan in place to diversify our local economy. The Community Adjustment and Sustainability Strategy – ReThink. ReTool. ReNew. – identifies opportunities for growth in five sectors: sustainable energy; transportation and automotive; information technologies; bioscience and agriculture; and health and wellness. For more information on the City’s economic development progress and opportunities, visit the Business web section.

Oshawa is home to General Motors of Canada and an academic centre offering four universities, one college and numerous training colleges. For more information on Durham College, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Trent University, University of Windsor and Queen's University visit the Students web section.

Lakeridge Health Oshawa is home to a new Queen’s University Family Medicine residency program. Lakeridge Health is one of the largest integrated health networks in the province. The city also has another five medical centres and a regional cancer centre.

Oshawa offers a hub of public transit options, including a deep-water port, full-service airport, direct access to Highway 401 and integrated regional transit. GO Transit services Oshawa with numerous daily GO bus and GO train trips to Toronto and to a multitude of destinations. Oshawa’s VIA Rail station provides leisure travel for connections across the country, and also serves business travel with daily commuter service. In addition, the province is moving forward with its plans to extend Highway 407 easterly from Pickering through to Oshawa. Links to these and other public Transportation websites.

Whether you are a resident, student, visitor or investor, Oshawa is an amazing city with a lot to offer. On behalf of Oshawa City Council, I invite you to experience our great city.

Yours truly,

Mayor John Henry