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Royal Ashburn Golf Club, Whitby

May 2023

Destination Bike:

Welcoming Cyclists in Durham Region

Are you staff, a manager or an owner of a tourism-oriented business or a tourism professional in Durham Region?

Join this free 1hr webinar to learn how you can tap into the rapidly growing cycle tourism market in Durham Region and Ontario ($644M industry in 2019) by becoming a certified bicycle friendly location with Ontario By Bike.

Already part of the Network? Attend the webinar to hear local cycling updates, refresh your knowledge of regional cycling routes, learn tips for how to attract cyclists to your location, and connect with other tourism industry professionals.

June 7 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Pre-registration is required to join.

For more information on how to join the network and the certification criteria visit: www.OntarioByBike.ca.

Sport Event Radar

Get ready to warmly welcome athletes and visiting fans here for all the spring season events listed below, and more!

  •   May 19 to 21: Castrol Victoria Day SpeedFest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Clarington

  • May 22 to 24: Golf Ontario’s Ontario Junior (Under 19) Boys Classic, Woodensticks in Uxbridge

  • June 2 to 4: Ontario Basketball Under 17 Boys Ontario Cup

  • June 2 to 4: Troy May Memorial Under 11 baseball tournament hosted by Oshawa Baseball, multiple parks in Oshawa

  • June 4: Twenty-seventh annual Pickering Dragon Boat Challenge, Bruce Hanscombe Park 
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Invest Durham 2022 Annual Report

The Region of Durham’s Economic Development and Tourism division is responsible for supporting the growth of our Regional economy through creating and retaining jobs. To do this, Invest Durham promotes the region as a great place to do business, provides business services to attract new investment, enables a vibrant tourism industry, and provides agricultural and rural economic development programming in the northern townships.

The 2022 Economic Development and Tourism Annual Report captures a high-level summary of the activities undertaken by Economic Development and Tourism to inform the local community on important economic development initiatives—including an economic snapshot, entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives, sector developments, awards and recognized achievements, and partnerships.

Key highlights include:

  • The launch of Ready Set Future: A PLACE Blueprint for Durham, a five-year strategy for Economic Development and Tourism, and Growing Agri-Food Durham, an action plan that focuses on advancing agri-food as a priority cluster for the region of Durham.
  • Teaming up with Durham Region’s local innovation community to showcase our exciting development potential to businesses and investors at Collision Conference.
  • Organizing investment tours, agri-food webinars, and supported tourism events.

The annual report was created to raise awareness of the activities of economic development and the importance of its role in our community.

View the full report.

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North Durham

Business Toolkits

North Durham Business Toolkits are now live!

Business toolkits have been developed to fulfil a need for a one-stop-shop for relevant, Township-specific, and up-to-date business resources that are more easily accessible to prospective investors, entrepreneurs and current business owners.

Individualized and hyper-local toolkits have been developed and can be found online for the:

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myDurham 311

New online Customer Portal has launched!

Durham Region has launched an online self-service portal so residents can request a service or report an issue to the Region. Residents can now use the portal to submit and track requests for many Regional services such as waste and recycling, water and sewer, and traffic inquiries. The self-service portal is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at myDurham311.ca.

Residents can submit a request online whenever it’s convenient for them, and set up alerts to track their request. Requests are automatically sent to a customer service representative for action. If a customer needs to call the Region about their request, staff will have all the information at their fingertips.

Residents can use the self-service portal to request a recycling blue bin or a garbage bag tag exemption, report a water issue, tell us if you see a traffic light not working properly, and more.

The following list outlines the requests that are now live via myDurham311.ca:

  • Waste Diversion Kit Request
  • Waste General Inquiries    
  • Waste - Request School Programs and Outreach 
  • Bag Tag Exemption Form Request 
  • Report Water Issues
  • General Traffic Inquiry 
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Emergency Management Inquiry Submission 
  • Contact the Office of the CAO 

During business hours, residents can call 311 for access to Regional information within the geographical borders of Durham Region. People outside those borders can access information by calling one local number, 905-668-7711, or toll-free at 1-800-372-1102.

The self-service portal is part of the myDurham 311 initiative, a transformational project aimed at improving the customer experience at Durham Region.

Ontario Tourism Industry Health Check

Destination Ontario’s Insights team has released the most recent Ontario Tourism Health Check report which highlights key recovery indicators such as accommodation occupancy rates and border crossings.


As a reminder this report tells the tourism recovery story by curating relevant tourism data into a form that visualizes the information for industry stakeholders.


This report is based on open-data and is shareable with the Ontario tourism industry. 

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"When Hope Breaks Through" Presentation

Please join Mike Shoreman and some of the production team from 'When Hope Breaks Through," for a presetation, charcuterie and refreshments at Durham Regional Headquarters on May 31, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Meeting Room 1H.

The team will share information about the film and partnership opportunities as they prepare to launch Director Matthew Wagner's feature length documentary on the mental health crisis—following Whitby's Mike Shoreman's historic journey across the five Great Lakes—this September across Canada and internationally.

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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.