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Whether you have already arrived in Durham or you are just thinking about moving here - finding a job in your field will probably be one of your greatest concerns.

Major employers in Durham include, but are not limited to:

Plus, there are many smaller firms that supply parts and materials for the automotive industry and other manufacturing sectors.  Durham has a strong energy sector.

GM Canada HeadquartersAcross Canada traditional manufacturing continues to decline but is being replaced by greater use of advanced manufacturing and technology and new industries related to bio-technology, renewable energy and new agricultural methods.

New construction, especially residential housing and expansions of Ontario Power Generation capacity and development related to the expansion of the 407 highway east through Durham Region are expected to drive the local economy over the next decade.

The Durham Workforce Authority is a public agency that studies the local labour market (employment). They identify opportunities and needs and make recommendations to government for new initiatives to improve how the labour market works. A priority that they have identified for Durham Region is the attraction and retention of skilled and professionally trained immigrants to meet the future needs of local business and industry.

Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)

In Ontario, the rights and duties of workers, supervisors, employers and others for safe and healthy workplaces are set out in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

As a workers, you have the right to:

  • Know about workplace hazards
  • Refuse unsafe work
  • Participate in addressing workplace health and safety issues

Some examples of employer duties are to:

  • Provide basic health and safety awareness training to workers and supervisors
  • Provide information, instruction and supervision to workers on how to work safely
  • Do everything reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers from being hurt or getting a work-related illness

There are a series of training tools to help you learn how to work safely - several available in different languages - at the Ontario Ministry of Labour's website.

For more information, email  or call the Ontario Health and Safety Contact Centre at:

Toll Free: 1-877-202-0008


  • Did You Know?

    As of October 1, 2017, the minimum (general) hourly wage  in Ontario is $11.60
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