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Full nameOshawa
Settlement typeCity
MottoPrepare to be Amazed
RegionDurham Region
MayorJohn Henry
Governing BodyOshawa City Council
MPsJim Flaherty (Whitby-Oshawa)
Colin Carrie (Oshawa)
MPPsJerry Ouellette (Oshawa)
Christine Elliott (Whitby-Oshawa)
Total Area56.2 sq mi (145.65 km2)
Elevation347.8 ft (106 m)
Total Population141590 (2006)
Density (pop.)972.1/km2 (2517.7/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)330594
Other information
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC−5)
- Summer (DST)Eastern (EDT) (UTC−4)
Area code289 / 905

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Oshawa (2006 population 141,590, CMA, 330,594) is a city in Ontario, Canada, on the Lake Ontario shoreline. It lies in Southern Ontario approximately 60 kilometres east of downtown Toronto. It is commonly viewed as the eastern anchor of both the Greater Toronto Area and the Golden Horseshoe. It is not, however, part of the Toronto CMA but has its own metropolitan area, the fourteenth largest in Canada. It is the largest municipality in the Regional Municipality of Durham. The name Oshawa originates from the Ojibwa term aazhaway, meaning "the crossing place" or just "(a)cross".

The automobile industry, specifically the Canadian division of General Motors Company, known as General Motors Canada, has always been at the forefront of Oshawa's economy. Founded in 1876 as the McLaughlin Carriage Company, General Motors of Canada's headquarters and major assembly plants are located in the city. The lavish home of the carriage company's founder, Parkwood Estate, is a National Historic Site of Canada, and a backdrop favoured by numerous film crews, and has been featured in many movies including Studio 54, Billy Madison, Chicago, and X-Men.

Oshawa was also home to Windfields Farm, a thoroughbred horse breeding operation and birthplace of Canada's most famous racehorse, Northern Dancer.

Once very much a distinct community - physically, economically, and culturally - Oshawa has been increasingly subsumed into the Greater Toronto Area.

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Mahalak brothers lead as Plymouth Whalers blank Oshawa Generals 4-0 - Winnipeg Free Press Tweet this news
Winnipeg Free Press--Matt Mahalak stopped all 36 shots he faced as the Plymouth Whalers blanked the -Oshawa- Generals 4-0 in Ontario Hockey League action Saturday night. ... - Date : Sun, 30 Jan 2011 04:21:35 GMT+00:00
Oshawa Hospital Foundation starts review process - Newsdurhamregion.com Tweet this news
Newsdurhamregion.com---OSHAWA- -- Three months after facing a major controversy, the -Oshawa- Hospital Foundation is poised to start reviews of its governance and financial policies. ... - Date : Sun, 30 Jan 2011 09:42:50 GMT+00:00
Saginaw Spirit's offense stalls in 4-1 loss to Oshawa Generals - MLive.com Tweet this news
MLive.com--Immediately following a highlight reel save by Parks late in the second period, the Spirit gave up a breakaway and a goal to -Oshawa's- Emerson Clark. ... - Date : Sat, 29 Jan 2011 04:27:53 GMT+00:00
Saginaw Spirit can't complete comeback in 5-4 loss to Niagara IceDogs - MLive.com Tweet this news
MLive.com--Saturday's loss was in front of a sellout crowd of 5527, the Spirit's largest home crowd of the year, a night after the team lost to -Oshawa-, 4-1. ... - Date : Sun, 30 Jan 2011 04:12:04 GMT+00:00
Oshawa girl speaks out about composting - Newsdurhamregion.com Tweet this news
Newsdurhamregion.com---OSHAWA- -- For Molly Kalnitsky, moving meant saying goodbye to her house and an earth-friendly habit. "I thought it was kind of sad because we didn't get to ... - Date : Sat, 29 Jan 2011 09:46:16 GMT+00:00
David Richardson arrested for shooting pellet gun in Oshawa - Oye! Times Tweet this news
Oye! Times--Police responded to shots fired upon two residences in -Oshawa- last night and arrested an -Oshawa- man and seized a pellet gun. On Wednesday January 26, 2011, ... - Date : Fri, 28 Jan 2011 16:08:43 GMT+00:00
Aiming for imperfection in Oshawa - Newsdurhamregion.com Tweet this news
Newsdurhamregion.com---OSHAWA- -- It definitely runs against the grain, but Rick Kerr is hoping to stage a bad production in -Oshawa-. He's directing Play On!, running Jan. ... - Date : Fri, 28 Jan 2011 09:46:47 GMT+00:00
Woman hit by truck at Oshawa intersection - Newsdurhamregion.com Tweet this news
Newsdurhamregion.com---OSHAWA- -- Police are investigating after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in downtown -Oshawa- Friday morning. A woman, 57, was taken to hospital after ... - Date : Fri, 28 Jan 2011 18:30:05 GMT+00:00
Simmons At BDO Canadian Open - Discover Moose Jaw Tweet this news
Discover Moose Jaw--Moose Jaw's Pat Simmons and his rink are in -Oshawa-, Ontario for the 2011 BDO Canadian Open, which gets underway tonight. It's the third of four events in ... - Date : Wed, 26 Jan 2011 09:37:24 GMT+00:00
Durham board approves modified year for Oshawa high school - Newsdurhamregion.com Tweet this news
Newsdurhamregion.com--The Durham District School Board has approved a modified school year for the new high school in north -Oshawa-. If approved by the Ministry of Education, ... - Date : Wed, 26 Jan 2011 09:40:36 GMT+00:00

Soccer :
Ethnic origin
(multiple responses included)
Population Percent
Canadian 117,010 39.86%
English 97,125 33.09%
Scottish 63,380 21.59%
Irish 59,740 20.35%
French 32,085 10.93%
German 22,380 7.62%
Dutch (Netherlands) 15,085 5.14%
Italian 13,985 4.76%
Polish 11,490 3.91%
Ukrainian 11,035 3.76%

Soccer :
Census Population
1841 1,000
1871 3,185
1881 3,992
1891 4,063
1901 4,394
1911 7,436
1921 11,940
1931 23,439
1941 26,610
1951 41,545
1961 62,415
1971 91,587
1981 117,519
1991 129,344
2001 139,051
2006 141,590

Municipalities of Durham Region, Ontario

Town of Ajax * Township of Brock * Municipality of Clarington * City of Oshawa * City of Pickering *
Township of Scugog * Township of Uxbridge * Town of Whitby

Greater Toronto Area

RegionsDurham Region * Halton Region * Peel Region * York Region
CitiesBrampton * Burlington * Mississauga * Oshawa * Pickering * Vaughan
Towns and villagesAjax * Aurora * Caledon * East Gwillimbury * Georgina * Halton Hills * Markham * Milton * Newmarket * Oakville * Richmond Hill * Whitby
Townships and municipalitiesBrock * Clarington * King * Scugog * Uxbridge * Whitchurch-Stouffville

Census metropolitan areas (CMAs) in Canada by size

Toronto, ON * Montreal, QC * Vancouver, BC * Ottawa, ON * Calgary, AB * Edmonton, AB * Quebec City, QC * Winnipeg, MB * Hamilton, ON * London, ON * Kitchener-Waterloo, ON * St. Catharines-Niagara, ON * Halifax, NS * Oshawa, ON * Victoria, BC * Windsor, ON * Saskatoon, SK * Regina, SK * Sherbrooke, QC * St. John's, NL * Barrie, ON * Kelowna, BC * Abbotsford, BC * Greater Sudbury, ON * Kingston, ON * Saguenay, QC * Trois-Rivières, QC * Guelph, ON * Moncton, NB * Brantford, ON * Thunder Bay, ON * Saint John, NB * Peterborough, ON |

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