Whether toted as the City that motivates or amazes you, Oshawa is worth taking note of!
The City of Oshawa is situated at the eastern end of the GTA and the Golden Horseshoe along the northern shore of Lake Ontario approximately 60 km east of downtown Toronto, bordered by Clarington (Courtice & Bowmanville) to the east, and Whitby/Brooklin to the west. Oshawa is the largest urban centre in the Regional Municipality of Durham.
Oshawa's roots are tied to transportation - not just the automobile, although that is certainly the most significant connection, but also in rail and marine transport. Originally named "Port Sydenham" in the mid-1800's, what is now Oshawa harbour provided a means of importing and exporting goods to and from Oshawa. The village centre was located 5 km from the harbour and contained residential homes, service buildings, mills, hotels, stores, churches and a post office. Then called "Skae's Corners". When a post office was granted to the area in 1842, they were told they needed to come up with a new name and thus Oshawa was adopted and the post office named accordingly.
The name Oshawa originates from the Ojibwa term aazhaway, meaning "that point at the crossing of the stream where the canoe was exchanged for the trail". So, ironically, the name of Oshawa, one of the primary "Motor Cities" of Canada, has a name meaning "where we have to get out and walk". ☺
The arrival of the Grand Trunk Railway from Toronto to Montreal in 1856 greatly affected business at Port Sydenham and the business centre of the growing village moved north. In 1876, Robert McLaughlin moved his company, McLaughlin Carriage Works, from Enniskillen to Oshawa, which quickly developed into the largest carriage works in the British Empire.
With the growing demand for automobiles in the early 1900's, McLaughlin Carriage Works contracted with Buick Motor Car Company of Michigan and production of McLaughlin automobiles with Buick engines begin in Oshawa in 1907. That year, 198 McLaughlin cars were built.
In 1915, McLaughin's acquired the rights to build Chevrolets, creating the Chevrolet Motor Car Company of Canada. Just 3 years later, McLaughlin Motor Car Company and Chevrolet Motor Car Company of Canada were merged to create General Motors of Canada Limited.
The lavish Oshawa home of autobaron R.S. McLaughlin, "Parkwood Estate", is a National Historic Site of Canada, and a backdrop to many well-known movies; Billy Madison, Chicago and X-Men, to name a few.
Oshawa continued in prosperity and growth with the addition of Oshawa General Hospital and two of the most beautiful parks in the area; Alexandra Park and Lakeview Park. On March 8, 1924, with a current population of 15,545, Oshawa received "City" status.
Once recognized as the Automotive Capital of Canada, Oshawa today is both an education and health sciences hub. The city is home to three post-secondary institutions (Durham College, Trent University Durham and UOIT/University of Ontario Institute of Technology) and to Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Lakeridge Health and Education Research Network (LHEARN), The R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre, and the Oshawa Clinic, the largest multi-specialty medical group medical practice in Canada. Key labour force sectors include manufacturing, health technology, logistics, energy and IT.
With a steadily growing population (2015 total estimated population 160,051 per City of Oshawa, March 22, 2016), Oshawa is poised to continue its current trend as one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Oshawa achieved a record-setting growth in 2015 with over half a billion dollars in construction value (breaking its previous record in 2014). Many commuters have been enticed to Oshawa and surrounding communities by lower housing prices and a relatively easy commute into Toronto provided by GO Transit and VIA Rail.
The continued growth of subdivisions to house Toronto commuters will likely accelerate when the Highway 407 east extension is built across the city's northern edge in 2016.
The public education system in Oshawa is administered by the Durham District School Board. As of February 2017, there were 29 elementary schools and 6 secondary schools. The Durham Catholic District School Board, which has its headquarters in Oshawa, oversees public Catholic education in Durham Region. There are 10 Catholic elementary schools and 2 secondary schools. The Conseil Scolaire Viamonde operates one French public elementary school, while the Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre-Sud operates one publicly funded French-language Catholic elementary school. Private schools in the area include Durham Elementary School, Immanuel Christian School, Kingsway College and College Park Elementary School.
Oshawa is home to 22,000 full-time students studying at one of 3 post-secondary institutions - Durham College, Trent University Durham, and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Oshawa is also a Community Teaching Site for Queen's University School of Medicine at Lakeridge Health Oshawa.
Oshawa is the location of Lakeridge Health Oshawa, formerly the Oshawa General Hospital (OGH). Lakeridge Health is one of Ontario's largest community hospitals. The facility is also home to the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre.
Police services are provided by Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS). There are 2 police stations in Oshawa. EMS/Ambulance services are also located throughout Oshawa as well as a number of fire halls.
Oshawa was the first city in Ontario to provide paramedic services, beginning in 1979, 16 ambulance attendants were given special training related to cardiac care and pre-hospital care. From that single service, the paramedic training program was expanded to Toronto, Hamilton and the Provincial air ambulance service. The program has been the source of all paramedic programs in Ontario.
Sports & Entertainment
Oshawa is home to the 2015 Memorial Cup Champions, the Oshawa Generals. Famous General alumni include Bobby Orr, Alex Delvecchio, Wayne Cashman, Tony Tianti, Dave Andreychuk, Marc Savard, Eric Lindros and John Tavares. The Team called the General Motors Centre on Athol Street home, which also serves as a concert and event venue throughout the year having hosted musical acts such as Kiss, Elton John, Heart, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, Hedley, The Tenors, Il Divo and performers such as Jeff Dunham and Cirque du Soleil.
The newly refurbished historic Regent Theatre, owned by the UOIT, is home to the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra where they perform world-class musical reviews as well as regular classic movie nights and other musical and performance artists.
Within the city, Durham Region Transit provides local bus service. GO Transit trains connect Oshawa with Toronto and Hamilton while GO Transit buses provide service along the 401 and Highway 2 corridors. GO Transit service is also offered to Clarington and Peterborough via the downtown bus terminal. Via Rail operates along the Quebec City - Windsor corridor including a stop in Oshawa.
Major highways through the area include Highway #2, which becomes King Street and Bond Street passing through the city's downtown core, Highway 401 and the currently under construction Highway 407, which is scheduled for completion to Harmony Road sometime in 2016 and will eventually connect to Highway 115/35.
The closest international airport is Toronto Pearson International Airport, located 75 km west by road in Mississauga.
Oshawa offers a multitude of options and services for anyone considering a move to the area. With a wide range in housing price ranges and diverse communities and neighbourhoods, there's something for pretty much everyone! In fact, Oshawa was recently ranked #1 in a report by MoneySense Magazine for places to buy real estate in the GTA! Read that article here.
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