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Project Arrow debuts at the Consumer Electronics Show

Project Arrow, the first all-Canadian, zero-emission concept vehicle—designed in Ontario and built at Ontario Tech University’s ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel—was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023.

“The unveiling of Project Arrow, the first all-Canadian concept vehicle, is a historic milestone that showcases the best of Ontario’s automotive and technology sectors,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

With funding and support from the Ontario government through the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network, the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) led the development of Project Arrow at the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa. Over the course of the project, 58 Canadian industry partners came together to design and build a revolutionary prototype vehicle.

Why Ontario Tech for Project Arrow?

Ontario Tech attracts the brightest research and academic minds in areas including additive manufacturing, automotive engineering, aerodynamics, electrification, energy storage, battery chemistry and cybersecurity. The university was chosen as the build partner due to its global reputation for excellence in energy, automotive, smart mobility and engineering research expertise.

The university was also selected for its exemplary track record with industry partners and its ACE core research and testing facility that features world-class automotive prototype build capacity.

“Ontario Tech’s role in this ambitious undertaking is a trail-blazing example of our exceptional competencies and faculty and student talent in world-class research and engineering projects. We know how to get things done collaboratively at Ontario Tech. Our DNA contains the ideal ecosystem to drive innovation and commercialization forward that will better our planet.”

Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University

Read more in Electric Autonomy

Founders' Series

Meet the founders of some of the best trendy eateries in Durham Region. We chatted with the owners of a gourmet doughnut shop, a Mexican restaurant and an Indian gastro bar about what it’s like operating a food business in Durham Region.

Learn more about these businesses on the Invest Durham blog

Events and Partnerships

You’re invited to Durham Region’s Black History Month celebration!

Join us on February 2 from 6 to 8 p.m., at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa. The Together We Rise Durham: Excellence Through the Arts celebration will feature keynote speaker, Cameron Bailey, Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The evening will highlight Black talent and showcase artistic displays with live music, performances and more! Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

Black History Month event: Creating Community – February 2

The Ajax Pickering Board of Trade, Clarington Board of Trade, Oshawa Chamber and Whitby Chamber are proud to host this 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

Scugog Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards February 10

This annual event is dedicated to celebrating the many achievements, and enduring community spirit, of our local businesses and entrepreneurs. From small shops to large companies, they’re excited to provide a forum to recognize the successes of our business community.

Register for this event

Doing business with the Film and Television Industry forum February 23

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 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.

Join Durham Region's film offices and industry professionals to engage in panel discussions, networking, and delicious food. 

Learn more about this event and register
Visit the Invest Durham Event Calendar for business-related events
Recent Business News

What’s ahead for Durham Region in 2023?

The Region of Durham is shaping up for a big year in 2023, both in terms of new development and new challenges. Read the full Metroland article What's ahead for Durham Region in 2023? online.


Ontario invests in Regional Technology Development Sites (RTDS) across the province.

The Government of Ontario announced an investment of $19 million through the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) toward the province’s seven RTDS. This investment brings the government’s overall commitment to approximately $46.5 million, which will help Ontario lead the next generation of vehicle development and manufacturing of zero-emission, electric vehicles.

Learn about investment sites in the province


Durham College (DC) is home to the country’s best new student chefs, according to Taste Canada.

Second-year Culinary Management students, Adreanna Russell and Sahil Ahuja, took home the top honours at the 2022 Taste Canada Awards Gala in early November. The pair beat teams from seven other schools to win the Cooks the Books student cooking competition. The DC chefs made the most of the event by connecting with students and instructors from other colleges, including the second-place team from Top Toques Institute, as well as professionals from the Canadian food industry.

Check out the full story


A look at Durham's birdwatching, bird-inspired coffee, best-selling birding author and best bookshop named after a bird.

A good book, good coffee and the sound of a birdsong. Is there anything better? Durham Region has long been a magnet for birdwatchers—the Lake Ontario shoreline has been a stopover for the spring and fall migration for many different species flying south and north again.

Local Oshawa author, Steve Burrows, knows this well. In his series of “Birder Murder Mystery” novels, his Detective, Domenic Jejeune, is an avid birder. In Burrows’ ‘A Siege of Bitterns,’ his first in the now seven-book series, Detective Jejeune mentions Thickson Point in Whitby as a keen observation point.

Read about the people, places and local businesses embracing birding in Durham.

Fun family friendly trips east of Toronto!

Sometimes the best family memories aren’t made at fancy faraway resorts, but during the low-key days that require less standing in line at the airport. If you’re looking for some family fun, plan an easy, family friendly day trip or overnight getaway in Durham Region! With restaurants featuring tasty kids’ menus, hands-on museums, retro games, candy shops and, of course, ice cream, there are so many family friendly activities to discover in Durham.

Learn how you can create your own adventures and memories

Invest Durham Weekly Careers Round-Up!

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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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