Oshawa is a city in the province of Ontario, Canada, located on the shores of Lake Ontario and approximately 9 miles from Bowmanville, Ontario Canada. Southern Ontario is home to this city, which is approximately 37 miles east of downtown Toronto. According to popular belief, it serves as the eastern fulcrum of the Greater Toronto Area and the Golden Horseshoe region. Located inside the Regional Municipality of Durham, it is the largest municipality in the region. The name Oshawa is derived from the Ojibwa word aazhawe, which literally translates as “crossing place” or simply “crossing.”
It was in this city that Robert McLaughlin founded the McLaughlin Carriage Company in 1876, which later became McLaughlin Motors Ltd under the direction of his son, Sam. General Motors of Canada is headquartered in this city.
For the past two decades, the automotive industry has served as the source of inspiration for Oshawa’s mottos: The City that Motovates Canada and The City in Motion. Located amid the lush Parkwood Estate, the magnificent home of the car company’s founder is a National Historic Site of Canada and a favorite setting for several film crews, having appeared in numerous films such as The Shining, Billy Madison, Chicago, and the X-Men.
Oshawa, once known as the “Single Automotive Capital of Canada,” is now a center for higher education and health-related research. More than 2,300 people were laid off as a result of General Motors’ temporary suspension of all car manufacturing on December 18, 2019.
The city is home to three post-secondary institutions: Durham College, Trent University Durham, and Ontario Tech University (formerly the University of Ontario Institute of Technology), as well as the Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network (LHEARN), which is affiliated with Lakeridge Health Oshawa, formerly the Oshawa General Hospital, and the Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network (LHEARN).
Advanced manufacturing, health technology, logistics, energy, and information technology are some of the key labor force sectors. According to data from Statistics Canada, Oshawa was the sixth best place in Canada to find full-time employment during 2016.
According to the Government of Ontario’s Places to Grow initiative, downtown Oshawa has been designated as an Urban Growth Center. More than 5,000 individuals work in the downtown area, and more than 2,400 university students attend classes there.
There are numerous entertainment and sporting events (Regent Theatre and Tribute Communities Centre), as well as cuisine (50+ restaurants and cafes) and cultural activities in the downtown area (The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Canadian Automotive Museum). A Regional Innovation Centre is located in Oshawa and provides start-up facilities for entrepreneurs and small businesses. In addition, there are co-working spaces in the downtown area.
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