The Region completed the Durham Energy Industry Cluster Study in 2006, which identified the Region as “Ontario’s Energy Capital” and the DSEA as the appropriate vehicle for ‘activating’ the cluster. The Cluster Study was preceded by a paper written by Dr. Richard Marceau of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology identifying the creation of the DSEA as a vehicle for helping solve Ontario’s energy challenge. Durham is now considered ‘Ontario’s Energy Capital’, due to the area’s production of over 30% of the province’s electricity from its two nuclear generating stations. Durham companies represent the full energy cycle, including production and transmission, distribution/demand-side management and conservation, equipment and technology development and manufacturing, and research and training.With synergies in energy and related technologies, the Region of Durham is home to the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA), a unique public-private-academic partnership that is committed to positioning Durham as a recognized leader in providing sustainable energy solutions.
Durham Fast Facts:
Situated at the eastern gateway to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Durham Region offers prime access to Canada’s largest market of over six million people, and 120 million more within a day’s drive. Durham Region consists of eight local area municipalities covering 2,590 square kilometres: the cities of Oshawa and Pickering, the towns of Ajax and Whitby, the Municipality of Clarington, and the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge.
Durham Region’s established transportation infrastructure facilitates the movement of people and goods throughout the region and beyond.
- Less than an hour from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
- Home of the Oshawa Municipal Airport, which supports corporate air travel and federal customs services.
- Access to five highway border crossings.
- Two local deep-water ports.
- Local intermodal rail access.
Durham Region’s diverse labour pool provides the skills needed for today’s alternative energy solutions. We boast a skilled workforce of 400,000 with core competencies in energy, tech-based manufacturing, transportation equipment, metal fabrication, machine controls, automation, process engineering, logistics, information and communication technologies. Durham Region’s population is more than 600,000 and is growing rapidly as a part of the GTA’s population of 6.2 million.