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Welcome to Durham Region, the largest geographic region in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, encompassing the Cities of Oshawa and Pickering, the Towns of Ajax and Whitby, the Municipality of Clarington and the Townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge. Durham Region offers the best of both worlds a full service urban community complemented with beautiful rural areas.

As an emerging power in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Durham Region has one of the fastest-growing populations in Canada, with approximately 656,055 residents in December 2014 and a forecasted population of around one million people by 2036.

Durham Region is a dynamic region with a wide range of advantages, including an abundant supply of land, a skilled labour force, a first-class transportation network, education and training opportunities, and countless features that support balanced living. 

Highway 407 East Project

The Highway 407 East Project is comprised of three highways; these are Highway 407, Highway 412 and Highway 418. These highways extend the existing Highway 407 ETR further east and connect it to Highway 401 in Ajax and in Courtice. Construction has started and will continue until 2020, when Highway 407 is open to traffic at Highway 35/115 in Clarington and the two connecting highways from Highway 407 to Highway 401 are completed. The following are key dates in the project:

  • Open to traffic (June 20, 2016) - Phase 1 from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa, and Highway 412 (a 10-kilometre north-south highway that connects Highway 407 to Highway 401) are opened to traffic.
  • Start of Tolling (February 1, 2017) - Phase 1 from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa and highway 412 began to be tolled.
  • By spring 2017 - The initial portion of Phase 2 from Harmony Road to Taunton Road Road/Highway 418 opened to traffic.
  • By 2020 - The remainder of Highway 407 (from Highway 418 to Highway 35/115) and Highway 418 (a 10-kilometre north-south highway from Taunton Road to Highway 401) are scheduled to open to traffic, completing the project.

Once complete, the Highway 407 East Project will help relieve congestion and support the efficient movement of people and goods through the eastern Greater Toronto Area and beyond. It will create opportunities for business, accommodate population and employment growth and provide emergency detour routes for Durham Region. 

Although connected to the private Highway 407 ETR, the new Highway 407 is a separate entity, owned and operated by the Province of Ontario.


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