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Congratulations to Kubota Canada Ltd., who recently celebrated the grand opening of their new Canadian corporate headquarters!

Kubota Canada Ltd.—one of the country's leading tractor and compact equipment distributors—celebrated the opening of its new Canadian corporate headquarters and distribution facility in the growing City of Pickering Innovation Corridor.

This new facility, which comprises 500,000 square feet of industrial warehouse space and 65,000 square feet of office, meeting and state-of-the-art training space on three floors, was powered by an $80 million investment from Kubota, which continues to expand its presence in Canada since it was first founded in 1975.

“The Region of Durham is thrilled to welcome Kubota Canada’s Ltd.’s new Canadian corporate headquarters and distribution facility to Pickering's Innovation Corridor,” said John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer, The Regional Municipality of Durham. “This is an exciting economic growth opportunity for the City of Pickering, and will attract new industrial and commercial investment to Durham Region.”

Read the full news release

Founders' Series - Food Processing and Manufacturing

Durham Region is home to a diverse group of food processing and manufacturing companies. We chatted with three founders—who make shortbread, sprinkles and hot sauce—to learn more. The Founders’ Series looks at businesses that are starting, growing, gaining support and thriving in Durham Region.

Rosie Alyea has always loved baking. First came her successful baking blog that she launched in 2010. Then, a few years later she published a cookbook with Penguin Random House called The Sweetapolita Bakebook: 75 Fanciful Cakes, Cookies & More to Make & Decorate.

Learn more about these businesses on the Invest Durham blog

Events and Partnerships

Invest Durham at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for Project Arrow Global Reveal, January 5, 2023

Alongside partners including the Province of Ontario, Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA), Ontario Tech University, and ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel, we will be at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 5th-8th, for the global reveal of APMA's Project Arrow.

Project Arrow is Canada's first zero emission concept vehicle. Ontario Tech University is the lead academic institution and build partner of Project Arrow.

Nationwide, Durham Region is known for its strength in the automotive sector and as a leader in energy innovation. Today, these sectors are converging and creating new opportunities and Durham Region is now an important location for the interplay of energy innovation and advanced mobility. Learn more about Advanced Mobility in Durham Region.

Find us at the Ontario Canada Pavilion, Venetian Expo Hall D #55429.

Would you like to meet us at CES? Contact Dan Ruby, Manager, Business Development and Investment.

Contact Dan Ruby

Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) Start Up Session January 5, 2023

Learn the fundamentals of starting a business! Starting a business is hard and that’s where the BACD comes in. Their mission is clear—to support your business success. They equip you with the skills, knowledge and tools to start and grow successfully.

These sessions are ideal for budding entrepreneurs and those considering opening their own small business or wanting to formalize their business operations, and a great place for you to start exploring the fundamentals of every successful business.

This online session is presented by BACD’s advisors, who’ve all been entrepreneurs themselves.

Register here for this event
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Be the Roar! The roar of the Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games is building. Have you heard?

More than 550 participants, including over 300 para-athletes, from across the province are coming to compete in the Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games from February 3 to 5. The event will boost our local economy by up to $1 million and generate lasting legacies that will grow opportunities and participation in accessible sports.

We want the para-athletes competing in our Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games to experience the thrill of competing in front of stands filled with fans.

Our tourism partners, businesses, and visitors answered the call to Be the Roar during our 2019 Games and the para-athletes were wowed.

So, we’re asking again for workplaces, teams, families, schools, classrooms, clubs, churches, and community groups of any kind to form a fan club for teams and para-athletes.

It’s a great team-building opportunity. It’s a chance to learn more about para-sport and see first-hand all the amazing athleticism of the para-athletes. You’ll have fun and help us make a real difference.

And it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Send an email to our Be the Roar team and we will help you pick a team or a para-athlete that your group can cheer for.
  2. Write letters of encouragement for the teams and para-athletes to be delivered when they arrive for the Games.
  3. Fill the stands when your team and para-athletes are competing (schedules will be posted in advance on the Games website).

Help us make these Games most memorable for our visiting para-athletes.

Be the Roar!

Doing Business with the Film and Television Industry

February 23, 2023

Durham Region offers a wealth of unique filming locations and is quickly growing as a preferred destination for the film and television industry.

Production companies purchase a wide variety of goods and services from across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area including equipment, accommodations, transportation, food, personal services, post-production, costumes, construction, florists and much more! Most of these are available in Durham Region, so let’s keep that spending here.

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Recent Business News

Jim Byers Travel calls Durham Region one of the top places to visit in 2023

For years, Jim Byers has posted travel blogs that point out what other websites suggest for places to visit the following year. This time, he’s providing his own list of places he thinks travellers should explore, including Durham Region!

Read the full story on Jim's blog.


Taltis Foods, owned by Oshawa resident, Gilles Tchianga, receives $600,000 investment on Dragon’s Den

A teacher of seven years has left his job to startup a business selling African foods that he would get homesick for. Taltis Foods was founded by Gilles Tchianga, who’s originally from Cameroon. "For me, food represents people and their culture. Supporting a variety of cultural foods in the market gives each other a chance to mutually offer the best of who we are and show recognition at the same time," Tchianga tells blogTO.

Check out the full story in blogTO.

Good times are baked in Durham Region’s downtowns

Durham residents know that we’re home to incredible specialty baked goods, but if you’re seeking a soothing-to-the-soul stroll followed by a leisurely stop for coffee and a baked good at a cozy café, drop into one of our many downtowns. 

Learn about the bakery destinations in Durham Region's downtowns.

2022 International Palliative Care Innovator of the Year awarded to Port Perry-based Musiccare by Room 217

The 2022 International Palliative Care Innovator of the Year was crowned last week at the McGill International Congress on Palliative Care! Six finalists from the United States and Canada competed in a fun, fast-paced challenge that was expertly MC’d by the very engaging Dr. Cory Ingram of Mayo Clinic. Congratulations to Bev Foster, of Room 217, for winning the coveted title for her innovation: Culturally diverse music creation as a prototype for effective intercultural collaboration in health care.

Learn more about Musiccare by Room 217 and their award.


Ontario Tech University preparing climate leaders of the future in Nuclear Energy

Nuclear power has been an integral part of Ontario’s energy landscape for many years, producing as much as 60 per cent of the province’s electricity. “It has also contributed to Ontario having among the lowest greenhouse gas emissions from electricity in the world,” says Dr. Markus Piro, Canada Research Chair in Nuclear Fuels and Materials, and Chair of Department of Energy and Nuclear Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Ontario Tech University. Going forward, nuclear energy is expected to play a key role in helping Canada meet its net-zero carbon targets and sustainability commitments.

Learn about Ontario Tech University as climate leaders.

Ontario Tech University and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences teaming to break new ground in dementia care

Two local organizations, Ontario Tech University and the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, have a robust legacy of working together on issues related to mental wellness. On November 9, the two institutions announced the launch of the Advancement for Dementia Care Centre (ADCC), a vital new community-based partnership aimed at uncovering solutions to improve the quality of life of patients and caregivers through innovation in research and deployment of new technologies.

Read more about the ADCC and dementia care.

Ontario breaks ground on world-leading Small Modular Reactor (SMR)

Site preparation is now underway for Canada’s first grid-scale SMR at Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington nuclear site. This work marks another milestone in the province’s plan to build the reliable, affordable and clean electricity grid needed to enable electrification and attract more investment in the province’s economy.

Learn how this new reactor provides clean and cost-effective electricity.

Durham Economic Task Force COVID Response
The Durham Economic Task Force is here to help Durham Region businesses navigate the COVID-19 crisis. For information on funding opportunities and government and business support, visit Invest Durham COVID Response

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