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Durham Region welcomes North American manufacturing company Tessera Group Inc. to Scugog

The Region of Durham’s Economic Development and Tourism Division (Invest Durham), in collaboration with the Township of Scugog, is excited to announce that the North American manufacturing company, Tessera Group Inc. (Tessera Group), will be building its new corporate home in north Durham.

Tessera Group has purchased the property at 181 North Port Road in the Township of Scugog with plans to build the company’s new corporate headquarters building—combining its various locations across the Greater Toronto Area under one brand new roof in north Durham. This new investment will include 95 jobs.

Invest Durham and the Township of Scugog are dedicated to economic growth, job creation, revitalization and investment attraction, and work together to support the growth and expansion of both local and global organizations to invest in Durham Region.

Building a strong and resilient economy that maximizes opportunities for business and employment growth, innovation and partnership, is highlighted in the Region’s Strategic Plan, and supports both the 2023-2027 Growing North Durham Rural Economic Development Action Plan and Ready Set Future: A PLACE Blueprint for Durham.

To learn more about economic development in Durham Region, visit

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From Durham Region to nationwide: Taltis Foods is in full Growth Mode

Taltis Foods is growing in Durham Region, with support from the Business Advisory Centre of Durham and a successful appearance on Dragons’ Den.

An emigrant leaves much behind, but not the taste for one’s own culinary culture.

For Gilles Tchianga, founder of Taltis Foods in Ajax and Oshawa, it was the homesickness for dishes of his native country, Cameroon, which led him to open his own manufacturing company offering unique authentic African cuisine.

Taltis Foods offers health beverages, “such as the Hibiscus drink, the Lemongrass drink,” and also, “the tasty Jollof cooking sauce, and much more to come.” Tchianga continues, “Taltis Jollof cooking sauce allows foodies to easily prepare a variety of African [food] in the comfort of their homes and save time.”

Tchianga says Durham is a comfortable location for him as well, offering him an easy commute between markets in Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto.

Read the full story here

Funding Opportunity

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Technology Investment Program

To compete in our modern economy, manufacturers must be investing in manufacturing critical technologies, including robotics; artificial intelligence and other machine learning applications; and, advanced networks and the Internet of Things.

CME’s Technology Investment Program aims to help southern Ontario manufacturer small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) automate production, reduce their environmental footprint, and increase their competitiveness in the global market. The program will provide funding to qualifying manufacturers up to $50,000 to support technology investments.

Learn more and apply to the program

Events and Partnerships

The Film and Television Industry Career Fair is back on May 8!

Calling all students and adults seeking an exciting career in the film and television (TV) industry! On May 8, join Film Durham for their annual Film and Television Industry Career Fair at Durham College’s Oshawa Campus.

New studios are opening across Canada and the Greater Toronto Area, and film and TV production volumes are rising at unprecedented rates!

This booming industry provides work opportunities from script to screen to special effects. Creating a movie or TV series requires a broad range of skills and interests and provides many well-paying, high-quality film jobs. Attend the Film and Television Industry Career Fair and meet industry professionals, visit interactive displays, and experience what it’s like behind-the-scenes.

Learn about these career opportunities:

  • Cinematography and Camera Department
  • Production Sound
  • Locations
  • Costume Design
  • Hair and Makeup
  • Grip Department
  • Actor or Performer
  • Gaffer and Electrical
  • Props Creation
  • Art Department
  • Animation
  • Visual Effects (FX)
  • Accounting
  • Assistant Director
  • Post-Production Sound/Picture Editor
  • …and many more!

To learn more about the film and television industry in Durham Region, visit

Register here for the event

Durham Accessibility Conference

Abilities Centre, in partnership with the Region of Durham, invites the Durham business community, employers and those interested in exploring the power of inclusion in the workplace, to attend the Durham Accessibility Conference. The theme for this year is Power of Inclusion: Moving Accessibility from awareness to action.

This conference features keynote speaker Mark Wafer, Interim President and CEO of Abilities Centre, Durham, and a panel discussion. Attendees will hear about the value that inclusion brings when we practice disability inclusion in the workplace and leave with practical tips on embedding accessibility throughout the employment cycle.

This conference will support creating and maintaining a diverse workforce and inclusive work environment—a place where each person can contribute to and benefit from the organization’s collective success. Real time captioning and American Sign Language interpretation will be available.

  • Tuesday, May 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Free virtual conference via Zoom
Register and find more information here
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Recent Business News

Food Waste Reduction Challenge in Durham Region

As a part of the Food Policy for Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada launched the Food Waste Reduction Challenge, in November 2020. Graze and Gather, a virtual farmers’ market based in the Kendal area of Durham Region, proposed structuring their online market as a circular wholesale system, and received a grant of $100,000! Farmer Dave Kranenburg is combining his new-found farming knowledge with his tech know-how to help his fellow farmers feed more Canadians and reduce food waste.

Learn more about Graze and Gather’s innovation.


Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) Research and Development Partnership Funds now open

OVIN programs support (SMEs) to develop, test and validate innovative technologies, and connect them with partners to advance the commercialization of products and solutions. Each fund focuses on different technologies: Electric Vehicle, Connected and Autonomous and Smart Mobility, and WinterTech Development.

Learn more about which stream is right for your business.


Project Arrow sparks international attention at world's largest tech show!

On January 5, when the Arrow made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the global auto industry took notice. That’s because the concept vehicle is not only cool looking, but the all-electric, zero-emissions SUV comes loaded with the latest and greatest technology—from smart cabin control systems and wireless charging capabilities to multi-layered cybersecurity defences and health-monitoring software.

Read the story from Invest Ontario.


Oshawa’s many strengths are fueling interest in Northwood Business Park

As one of Canada’s fastest growing communities and a significant gateway to one of the largest economic centres in North America, Oshawa’s Northwood Business Park is rolling out the welcome mat at the right time. Broccolini and Panattoni Development Company, among others, are bringing the first industrial projects to Northwood Business Park.

Read the story in the National Post.


Local business Crave Doughnuts expands from Whitby to second location in Oshawa

Crave Doughnuts, the popular specially made doughnuts—cut, rolled, filled and dipped by hand—are now available at their new storefront in Oshawa at 1115 Wentworth Street West. Owners, Morais and Black, launched Crave back in March 2018 by renting space at Baking at its Best in Ajax. They then began selling the treats from Wednesday through Sunday each week, or until the 2,000 doughnuts sell out.

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