Oshawa, also known as the City in Motion, has approximately 170,000 residents and is located 50 km east of downtown Toronto on Lake Ontario. Since 1974, it has been part of the Regional Municipality of Durham and is the region’s dominant population and economic centre. 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.
Oshawa has become the automotive capital of Canada. Car companies like McLaughlin Motor Car Company, General Motors of Canada and Chevrolet found their home in Oshawa. But it is not just all about cars. Other industries are booming as well. If you are moving to Oshawa for a fresh start, you will have many employment opportunities.
Besides substantial industrial and economic prosperity, Oshawa is home to many universities, such as Queen’s University with a great family medicine program and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College. Public education in the City of Oshawa is provided by the Durham District School Board, which operates 28 elementary schools and six different high schools. Durham Catholic School Board operated ten elementary schools and two Catholic high schools. Conseil Scolaire Viamonde Operatis also offers French immersion with one public French language school and one Catholic French language school, which Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-sud offers.
Oshawa has the Lakeridge Health University Hospital, which has a competitive training program with state-of-the-art simulation technology to train and teach students from the Family Medicine at Queen’s University.
Fun Fact: The name Oshawa originates from the Ojibwa term aazhaway, meaning “the crossing place” or just “across”.
It is easy to get around Oshawa, whether by car or public transport. Oshawa is connected to Toronto by Highway 401, which runs from Windsor to the border of Quebec and Highway 407, which also connects to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Within Oshawa, the Durham Region Transit, which serves all of the Durham Region, provides public transport through the bus system.
GO Transit provides regular train and bus services between Oshawa and the GTA, and the nearest municipalities. City residents also have a recently modernized Oshawa Airport.
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