Why come to the durham region?

As the largest region in the Greater Toronto Area, Durham has one of the fastest growing populations in Canada.
With approximately 650,000 residents in 2013, it has a forecasted population of around one million by 2031.

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Durham Region is made up of eight municipalities ranging from large, urban centres to small towns, hamlets and villages. These include the cities of Oshawa and Pickering; the towns of Ajax and Whitby; the Municipality of Clarington; and the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge.

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Living in Durham

In just minutes, you can drive from an urban downtown to a trout-filled stream, a fun ski hill or a friendly rural village. Stop to enjoy fresh, newly picked apples on your way home or discover a lakefront-hiking trail. Cheer on your favourite hockey team on a modern sports complex or strap on your skates to make the most of a winter morning. Add superb shopping, dining, arts and culture, and you have all the urban comforts that make a well-rounded lifestyle. Durham Region is a multicultural community that celebrates diversity and the unique strengths different cultures bring to form a diverse and dynamic place to live. With affordable living accommodations including single family and executive homes, apartment rentals, townhouses, and condominiums set in both urban and rural settings, there are plenty of choices for everyone.  

Working in Durham

Durham Region is situated at the eastern gateway of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and offers prime access to Canada’s largest market of more than five million people and 135 million more American and Canadian consumers. It is located in one of the fastest growing regions in North America – the Greater Golden Horseshoe – that generates two-thirds of Ontario’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).The region has a rich and diverse economy, and is one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities. There will be an estimated $20 billion in infrastructure investments over the next five to 10 years, supporting future expansion and development.

Playing in Durham

With a robust equestrian culture, seasonal fishing and marine activities, the region provides numerous opportunities to engage in recreation. Take advantage of bike paths along Lake Ontario waterfront, hike the Oak Ridges Moraine or golf on a championship course. With so many attractions and outdoor events to choose from, Durham Region is a favourite destination for hikers, nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. Charming boutiques, natural wonders, exciting, one-of-a-kind attractions, and delicious dishes crafted from home-grown ingredients are abundant in Durham Region. To learn more about Durham’s art galleries, nightlife, theatre, museums, dining, shopping and sports, visit www.durhamtourism.ca

Learning in Durham


Durham Region boasts a strong, vibrant, publicly funded education system that focuses on high levels of student achievement to suit every child’s need. With both public and separate school networks of caring and professional educators, to smaller, more intimate private school settings, Durham Region offers choices for every family and student.

In addition to the excellent primary and secondary schools, there are two universities, three colleges and seven continuing education facilities located in Durham Region. For more information on learning in Durham Click Here

Housing in Durham

As the largest geographic municipality in the Greater Toronto Area, Durham Region has one of the fastest growing populations in Canada with approximately 650,000 residents in 2013 and a forecasted population of around one million people by 2031. Between 2013 and 2031, the housing supply in Durham is expected to increase 62 per cent. In response to this escalating demand for housing, the Regional Official Plan (ROP) is tailored to provide a wide diversity of residential dwellings to fulfil the needs of both the present and future residents of the region.

Durham Region offers a vast array of housing choices, at more affordable prices than the rest of the GTA, from traditional family homes, apartment/condominiums, townhouses, rural properties and is home to many reputable home builders, if you prefer a newly constructed residence. Many real estate agencies are available in the region to assist the home-buyer with this important decision. For property listings and local realtors, visit the Durham Region Association of Realtors at www.durhamrealestate.org