Welcome to Durham Region

A community that embraces innovation and technology to compete in the global business world.
We are dedicated to improving the competitiveness and visibility of our region’s world-class innovation.


Asset Map

The Innovative Technology (IT) map highlights technology companies, support organizations and start-ups in Durham Region. The asset mapping information provides intelligence on current technology businesses and their association by location, which will assist in guiding the strategies that will be used to grow Durham’s technology cluster and foster B2B partnerships.

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Digital Media

With thousands of creative artists, game designers, web developers, editors, photographers, and videographers calling Durham home as well as hundreds of thriving digital, mobile and web companies, Durham Region is poised to be one of Canada’s next digital innovation clusters. It also boasts Durham College, one of Canada’s largest digital media schools with over 1,800 fulltime students.

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Durham Region’s largest industry is agriculture, so it is no surprise that Agriculture Technology is one of the fast growing innovation sectors. Durham College recently unveiled its state of the art experiential Centre for Food which is shaping the way students approach food cultivation and preparation. In addition, the award winning start-up, Durham Foods is the world’s only successful producer of Hydroponic spinach.

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Health Tech

After 600 research studies and clinical trials across nearly every clinical program, Lakeridge Health is the clear leader in Durham’s Healthcare Technology industry. Lakeridge has partnered with more than 80 post-secondary institutions, including Queen’s University, Durham College, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the University of Toronto, to train the next generation of healthcare innovators in their proprietary high-fidelity simulation labs.

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In the early 1900’s Durham saw innovation kick start the age of the automobile and establish General Motors Canada and today emerging manufacturing has never been stronger. Boasting one of the world’s leading and most patented inventors, Wayne Conrad, and home to Cimetrix, a Canadian leader in advanced manufacturing using 3D Printers, Durham Region continues its manufacturing dominance.

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Clean Tech

Durham Region is home to world class Clean Technology companies that export around the globe. Durham Region encourages, promotes and builds the foundations needed for Clean Tech businesses to not only start, but establish roots and grow. With access to an experienced talent pool, programs and the support, Durham Region is the ideal location for Clean Tech.

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360 Incentives, Search Engine People, Hewlett Packard, RBRO Solutions, and Scarsin i2e are just some of the worldwide information technologies companies who call Durham Region home. With the presence of five of Canada’s largest information technology talent producers, including University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Trent University, Durham Region is recognized as one of Canada’s fastest growing IT clusters.

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Durham is home to Spark Centre, a provincial and federally recognized incubation centre specifically focused on innovation start-ups. The Centre leverages all the assets of Durham Region’s innovation industry including the private sector, provincial and federal agencies and talent producers to deliver a truly experiential approach to developing the next billion dollar tech sensation.

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