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We hope you safely enjoy your experiences in Durham Region. Remember to follow Durham Region Health Department guidance: Stay home if you are sick, wear a mask when required, and wash your hands. Please respect the health and safety rules of any venue or facility you visit. For more information please see the COVID-19 case and contact information hub.
Two para-athletes pose with PACHI the Ontario Parasport Games mascot.

January 2023

More than competitions and medals:

Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games


We encourage you to come see how the Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games are about more than sport competitions and winning medals. You’ll leave with fresh perspectives on inclusion and memories for life.

The competitions will be fiercely contested, friendly and joyous. We will welcome around 500 visitors to our community. Athletes are travelling from across the province to compete in 11 parasports, plus three demonstration sports, at nine accessible venues.

Parasports that fuel athletes’ passion for sport and provide physical, psychological and social benefits. We look forward to awarding medals to the athletes who work so hard to earn them. The theme of our medal is “Sport is Life.”

For some athletes, these Games will be the pinnacle of their athletic experience. For others, a stepping-stone on their way to national and international experience.

We want their Games experience with us to be memorable. And our community has answered the call by knitting welcome gifts, providing sponsorship, registering as volunteers and signing up to Be the Roar.

You can still help us deliver the best Games yet by attending sport competitions from February 3 to 5. We want our athletes to experience the thrill of competing in stands filled with fans.

To learn more about the Games, visit DurhamRegion2023.ca.

Accessibility Champion-

Lori Talling,

Sport Tourism Specialist,

Region of Durham 

The Region of Durham is pleased to recognize the hard work of employees who are championing accessibility at the Region. The Accessible Champion Certificate recognizes employees for their dedication, passion and hard work in the identification, removal and prevention of accessibility barriers.

Please join us in congratulating our Sport Tourism Specialist, Lori Talling for being recognized as an accessibility champion for the Region of Durham.

Under Lori's leadership, the Region was able to secure both the 2019 and 2023 Ontario Parasport Games. Through the success of these games, Lori has spearheaded several legacy initiatives throughout the Region that provide residents and visitors with further inclusive sport opportunities.

Lori continues to be an advocate for sport tourism development in the Region by leading inclusive, sustainable, and memorable events.

Congratulations Lori!

Download the Great Taste of Ontario -

Oshawa passport

Presented by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, The Great Taste of Ontario is a collection of digital passports and stories to help you fall in love with the food and drink of Ontario again, and again.

Each season, you can download one of 40 passports to help guide your planning and inspire you to explore our big- province. Then, hit the open road to visit the growers and makers who make Ontario so special. Each time you check-in along the way, you’ll be one step closer to redeeming some sweet Ontario-made prizes—all while supporting communities across Ontario!

How it works:

  • Read stories on the Downtowns of Durham website.
  • Download your passports.
  • Receive a text message and add the passport to your mobile device homescreen.
  • Take a trip somewhere delicious.
  • Collect check-ins along the way.
  • Grab yourself some sweet swag!

For every five check-ins you collect, you can redeem one $25 Feast On gift voucher. A Feast On gift voucher opens the door to amazing experiences at more than 150 local-focused restaurants across Ontario.

This year, Durham Tourism is welcoming you to Oshawa; a most delicious destination! Explore Oshawa’s cultural marvels, historical roots, and discover diverse and exciting dining and craft beverages.

Download the Great Taste of Ontario - Oshawa Passport and start your journey!

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Region of Durham Business Showcase program

Do you have a product or service that can be used by the municipal sector? Pitch your business to the Region!


Since 2021, the Region of Durham has hosted the Business Showcase Event, giving businesses the opportunity to share innovative products and services with municipal staff from both the Region of Durham and our local area municipal partners. The Showcase supports Regional commitment to innovation and continuous improvement, and bridges the municipal, public and private sectors, while supporting a robust innovation ecosystem.


This multi-day event is organized by themes including: Information Technology and innovation, facilities and operations, economic development, roads and transportation, and more.


Businesses are given a designated time-slot under a theme that best relates to their work and presents to an audience of Regional staff, giving exposure across different divisions.


Join the mailing list for more information.

Complimentary TIAO membership available to tourism operators

Complimentary Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) membership available for

tourism operators

TIAO is excited to announce that they will continue to offer complimentary membership to tourism operators who are active members of their local Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) and/or sector association for 2023.  


By doing so, TIAO acknowledges that operators are still on the road to financial recovery, while also recognizing the value of the network of tourism organizations supporting the industry as a whole.


To set up your membership, or if you have questions, email Leni Brem at membership@tiaontario.ca and specify the organization with which you have membership (DMO or Sector association).  


Tourism operators who are able to contribute to TIAO’s advocacy efforts can pay their membership fees and either: 

1.      Become a recognized GreenShoots* sponsor.

2.      Sponsor an existing action including the Tourism Issues Forum, Policy Speaker Series, Annual General Meeting or Ontario Tourism Summit.  


*GreenShoots - for those members that can afford to pay their membership, we will recognize the value of their existing membership through sponsorship and use this value of their membership to continue the research and vital actions to rebuild and represent the industry’s voice to government in Ontario. 

Learn more about TIAO membership and benefits.

Black History Month Creating Community

Whitby Chamber of Commerce Black History Month event:

Creating Community

The Whitby Chamber of Commerce is proud to host its third Black History Month event on February 2 at the at Ajax Convention Centre (550 Beck Crescent, Ajax).

Creating Community is a half-day event that will feature tremendous speakers, panels and networking opportunities. Creating Community is an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements and contributions of Black community members; celebrate diverse voices; learn, share and grow; and to discuss supports available to the business community.


To learn more about this event, including the full agenda, how to purchase tickets and for more information on speakers, visit the event page on WhitbyChamber.org

Need service but not sure who to call? Help is just three digits away. Call my Durham 311

Need to connect with Durham Region? Call 311 

Residents can connect with Durham Region by calling 311 for convenient access to information about Regional services. 


311 is available within the geographical borders of Durham Region. If you're outside those borders, you can access information by calling one local number, 905-668-7711, or toll-free at 1-800-372-1102. 


Whether you’re visiting Durham Region for an extended stay or just passing through, you can call 311 for information about things like: 


  • Durham Region Transit (DRT) stops, schedules and fees
  • Issues on Regional roads.   
  • Garbage and recycling pick-up.      
  • Emergency preparedness and so much more! 


With 311, you can talk with a customer service representative who can either answer your question right away or connect you to the right person who can. 


Learn more about 311 on the Durham Region website.

Person looking at AccessNow app on mobile phone

Durham Region partners with AccessNow to become a leader in accessibility mapping

Leading up to the Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games (February 3 to 5), Durham Region has partnered with AccessNow to become a leader in accessibility mapping to increase inclusion confidence for residents and visitors. The free app—available on Google Play and the Apple App Store—allows users to search, rate and discover accessible municipal facilities, local restaurants, hotels, shops and attractions. All nine venues for the Games have been added to the app.


The Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games, which run from February 3 to 5, are being hosted at nine venues across the region. More than 300 athletes will compete in 11 parasports, and there will also be three demonstration sports. Spectators are encouraged to Be the Roar and to bring non-perishable food donations in lieu of admission fees.


Read this news release to learn more about how Durham Region is working to make barrier-free and inclusive communities through accessibility mapping. 

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For unique trip ideas or to plan your perfect day, visit DurhamTourism.ca, or call 1-800-413-0017. If this information is required in an accessible format, contact Durham Tourism.