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The city of Oshawa is located in Southern Ontario, around 60 km east of downtown Toronto, on the shoreline of Lake Ontario. The city is often seen as the eastern anchor of the GTA and the Golden Horseshoe, and is the biggest municipality in the Durham Regional Municipality. The population of Oshawa is 149,607 according to the 2011 Census.
History of Oshawa
The city got its name from the Ojibwa term ‘aazhaay’ which means ‘the crossing place’ or ‘(a)cross’ in short. The roots of Oshawa are connected to the automobile industry, and more specifically the Canadian branch of General Motors Company – General Motors Canada.
The auto industry inspired the city’s previous mottos, including: “The City in Motion” and “The City that Motivates Canada”. The company’s founder had a lavish home on Parkwood Estate – a Canadian National Historical Site and backdrop preferred by many film crews. Some of the movies it was featured in include “X-Men,” “Chicago,” “54,” and “Billy Madison.”
At one time, Oshawa was recognised as the only “Automotive Capital of Canada”,,but today, it is a health sciences and education hub. Oshawa is home to Lakeridge Health and Education Research Network (LHEARN Centre), Lakeridge Health Oshawa, and the Oshawa Clinic, which is the biggest multi-specialty medical group practice in Canada. The three higher-education learning institutions include Trent University Durham, Durham College, and University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Other key employment areas include health technology, energy, IT, logistics, and advanced manufacturing.
The City of Oshawa
Oshawa has had a long association with the automobile sector, specifically with General Motors, which has given the impression of a blue-collar town. But with the health, education, and other sectors coming up, things have been gradually changing, and young families have been attracted to the city of Oshawa as an affordable place to own real estate.
The difference in the kind of property you can acquire for your money between Oshawa and other cities in the Durham Region is quite significant, which is why more people are looking for opportunities to own property towards the East. Oshawa has the merits of a well-established city core combined with a relative amount of development property towards the north. So, the value of property is increasing and people are still buying them.
Another advantage of owning property in Oshawa is the direction that Highway 407 is taking in its construction. It is expected to extend through the northern area of Oshawa, connecting to the existing Highway 407 Express Toll Route corridor. This is another factor that will affect the housing values in the area, so people acquiring estate now can look forward to an equity boost in the near future.
The city of Oshawa is also undergoing cultural changes. The Oshawa Generals attract huge crowds at the GM Centre during the winter season owing to the established sports leagues and kids facilities, as well as new recreational centres and other family-friendly amenities in the northern areas of the city.
Business in Oshawa
The largest employer in Oshawa is General Motors Canada, which has its manufacturing and administrative operations in the city. The downtown area has many office buildings that are occupied by Oshawa City Hall, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, General Motors Centre, and the Ontario Ministry of Finance. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology also occupies several buildings in the downtown area.
Large or small, Empire Roofing understands that your commercial roofing job is vital. Each and every time, we put our technical skills and decades of experience to work so that our Oshawa customers can have peace of mind knowing that the job will be done right. For more information, contact our team today.