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44 Facts About Oshawa
Once recognized as the sole "Automotive Capital of Canada", Oshawa today is an education and health sciences hub, although General Motors still plays significant role in city's economy.
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In 2016, Oshawa was the sixth best place in Canada to find full-time employment based on data from StatsCan.
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Downtown Oshawa is identified as an Urban Growth Centre in the Government of Ontario's Places to Grow initiative.
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Oshawa is home to a Regional Innovation Centre and offers start-up facilities for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
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Oshawa'storians believe that the area that would become Oshawa began as a transfer point for the fur trade.
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Oshawa constructed a two-story building on Simcoe Street, just north of the King's Highway.
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The Oshawa Railway was acquired by the Grand Trunk operation around 1910, and streetcar service was replaced by buses in 1940.
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In 1924, Oshawa annexed the area to its south, including the harbour and the community of Cedardale.
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Oshawa was amalgamated with the remaining portions of East Whitby Township and took on its present boundaries, which included the outlying villages of Columbus, Raglan and Kedron.
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Much of Oshawa's industry has closed over the years; however, it is still the headquarters of GM Canada and its major manufacturing site.
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Oshawa is recognized as an official port of entry for immigration and customs services.
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Similar to all of southern Ontario, Oshawa has a humid continental climate with vast, but not extreme, seasonal temperature differences.
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Oshawa receives one of the lowest yearly snowfall totals in all of Ontario.
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Oshawa achieved a record-setting year of growth in 2015 with over a half a billion dollars in construction value .
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In spring 2016, Oshawa was ranked No 1 city for jobs in Canada when compared to 33 cities across the country.
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The trend suggests major social and demographic changes for Oshawa, which has long had a vigorous labour union presence, a mostly white demographic, and a largely blue collar identity.
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Dominant presence of General Motors meant that Oshawa was well known as a bastion of unionist, left-wing support during the decades following the Second World War.
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However, Oshawa was part of the Ontario riding when Michael Starr served.
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Starr served the new Oshawa-Whitby riding for one term, before being narrowly defeated by future federal NDP leader Ed Broadbent in 1968.
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In 2006, Whitby-Oshawa became a Conservative seat Jim Flaherty followed Starr into the Cabinet of Canada as Minister of Finance.
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Oshawa has parks, walking trails, conservation areas, indoors and outdoor public swimming pools, community centres, and sports facilities.
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Oshawa has more than 130 parks, more than 110 playgrounds, nine splash pads, eight ice pads and three skateboard parks.
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In 2016 the city of Oshawa partnered with Tribute Communities for naming rights and the General Motors Centre was renamed the Tribute Communities Centre.
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Oshawa was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012.
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Oshawa was home to Windfields Farm, a thoroughbred horse breeding operation and birthplace of one of Canada's most famous racehorses, Northern Dancer.
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Oshawa was the only city that Highway 401 was built directly through, rather than bypassing.
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Port of Oshawa is a major stop for the auto and steel industries as well as winter road salt handling and agricultural fertilizer.
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Oshawa Executive Airport is a municipal airport owned by the city that operates all private general aviation and charter services for eastern Toronto, with customs and immigration officers on-site.
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Lakeridge Health Oshawa is home to Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network that opened in 2013.
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Oshawa is home to the Oshawa Clinic, the largest, multi-specialty medical group practice in Canada.
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Oshawa was the first city in Ontario to provide paramedic services.
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Oshawa is a Community Teaching Site for Queen's University School of Medicine at Lakeridge Health.
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Oshawa has few media outlets of its own due to its proximity to Toronto.
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Oshawa is home to Artsforum Magazine, a not-for-profit magazine of arts and ideas launched in Fall 2000 by John Arkelian, its publisher and editor-in-chief.
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