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Industry Report - March 2024

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Explore Exciting Careers In Film And Television

With new studios opening across Canada and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, film and television production volumes are rising at unprecedented rates! Creating a movie or television series requires a broad range of skills and interests, and provides many well-paying, high-quality jobs—from script to screen, to special effects.

Learn about these opportunities in Durham Region and beyond at the Film and Television Industry Career Fair on March 25, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Durham College – Ontario Tech University Campus in Oshawa. Meet industry professionals, visit interactive displays and experience what it is like behind the scenes!

Register now for the Film and Television Industry Career Fair
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Uxbridge BIA Easter Eggstravaganza

On March 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., join the Uxbridge BIA for an egg-citing Easter Eggstravaganza in downtown Uxbridge. Kids 12 and under, accompanied by adults, are welcome to come hunt for Easter eggs at participating businesses within the Uxbridge BIA. There will be photos with the Easter Bunny at the BIA Hut in the Circle K parking lot, along with other fun activities and promotions for the whole family during the event. 

Find egg-citing Easter events in Durham Region

Central Counties Tourism (CCT) 2024 Symposium: Tourism Now

Join CCT for the highly anticipated 2024 Symposium, Tourism Now on April 9, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Markham.

This year’s event will focus on embracing new technologies and learning how they can work for tourism. Through a mix of speakers and panel sessions, the event will fuel creativity and collaboration, and strengthen business excellence.

Your ticket includes a day of learning, idea sharing and networking, as well as coffee and treats, a catered lunch and afternoon break, a take-home gift, and exclusive offers for attendees! Advanced tickets are required.

Get tickets to CCT 2024 Symposium: Tourism Now
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Township Of Brock 2024 Mayor's Networking Business Event

Join the Township of Brock's 2024 Mayor's Networking Business Event on April 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Beaverton Town Hall.

This free networking event is an opportunity for the township to provide municipal and Regional updates, to help you better serve the community.

Local business owners are encouraged to register online, and provide suggestions for topics of discussion. Appetizers and light refreshments will be available for attendees to enjoy as the mayor provides a brief presentation. Municipal and Regional staff will also be in attendance to answer any questions you may have.

Register for the 2024 Mayor's Networking Business Event
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Whitby Destination Development Networking Event

Join Whitby Tourism, CCT and Durham Tourism, for the next Destination Development tourism networking event on April 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Dish Play in Whitby.

The Town of Whitby is looking forward to collaborating with tourism businesses and community partners to develop a tourism economy that is welcoming for both visitors and residents’ and excited to tell the stories of our amazing community—working with you to uncover new partnerships and create high-quality visitor experiences.

Come join your tourism colleagues at this networking event to learn about the exciting tourism initiatives on the horizon, participate in engaging conversations, and pursue potential partnerships and collaborations.

Contact Whitby Tourism to RSVP for Destination Development
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Boujee Bites Is Back!

The second annual Boujee Bites event invites self-proclaimed “foodies”, from across Ontario, to sample bite-sized treats from some of Oshawa's most delicious restaurants.

Join Oshawa Tourism on June 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) to eat, drink, network and explore the latest art exhibitions. 

New this year, the event will also include the ultimate Oshawa Food Fight—crowning the culinary champions in various categories, including Sushi Rolls, Cauliflower Bites, Eggs Benedict, Burgers and Shawarma Plates.

Get your tickets to Boujee Bites
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Share Your Photos With Destination Ontario – AlwaysON Content Program

Destination Ontario is on the hunt for content! Do you have photos of your business or local scenery that you want them to share?

Submit an AlwaysON Partner Content Intake Form to have your owned or published content, and product/experience ideas, considered on an ongoing basis. For business operators, please use the Tourism Business Operators Intake Form.

Your content submissions may be utilized in our organic and paid media efforts, in our media relations and broadcast activities, in trade itineraries, business development training, and in recommendations provided by our travel counsellors through our Ontario Travel Information Services (OTIS).

Submit your content to Destination Ontario
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Oshawa Tourism Visitor Experience Survey

Oshawa Tourism is conducting a Visitor Experience Survey to gather diverse perspectives on how Oshawa is perceived as a destination. 


Whether you're a resident, a visitor, or a professional who sees potential in Oshawa for conferences, meetings, or cultural experiences—or even if you have never been to Oshawa—your insights are valuable. Your feedback will be pivotal in shaping strategies to improve and market Oshawa as a dynamic and welcoming city, and to enhance Oshawa's appeal as a destination for both leisure and business visitors.

Complete the survey

Local Business Highlights

Two people making pizza at Lowlands Fire Food in Oshawa, Ontario

Congratulations to Lowlands Fire Food on becoming a Feast On® certified business! This certification verifies that a business sources their goods and ingredients with purpose—supporting Ontario's farmers and makers that are working the land in ethical and sustainable ways. Learn more about Feast On®.

Hand holding a patty from The Original Patty Gyal restaurant in Ajax, Ontario

The Original Patty Gyal in Ajax offers different kinds of patties—including spicy beef, mild beef, chicken, veggie, goat, shrimp, and ackee and saltfish—appealing to customers from near and far. Learn how owner and entrepreneur, Carlene Honigan, brought Patty Gyal to life in our recent Innovation & Inclusivity blog. Read the full story.

Aerial view of various meals on a table at BONDST Snackbar in Oshawa, Ontario

Congratulations to BOND|ST Snackbar on their official opening in downtown Oshawa! The Snackbar is part of the BOND|ST Event Centre and is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 4 p.m. to close. Enjoy delicious shareable plates like tacos, dips, desserts and more.  Learn more about the new BOND|ST Snackbar.

Discover more local businesses

🏆 The athletes have returned home. The roar of the crowds has quieted. But thanks to an outstanding legacy fund of $145,579, the Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games will have a positive impact in our community for years to come. Learn how the Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games Legacy Fund supports community for future generations.

🔴 The 2024 Quadball Canada National Championship will be held from March 16 to 17 at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex. Previously, Durham Region hosted the Eastern Regional Championships (in 2017, 2018 and 2022). Oshawa’s high-caliber facilities, incredible event support staff, and commitment to a quality player experience, make it the ideal host for the 2024 National Championship—which will be the first National Championship under the name “Quadball Canada.” Approximately 200 athletes, from teams across the country, will be travelling to Durham Region for the event. Admission is free for spectators to come and join the excitement. Learn more about this event.

🌊 The annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics is back—one of the biggest fundraisers for our Special Olympics athletes! Get ready to plunge with Durham Regional Police Service and the Oshawa Generals on March 19. Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by polar plunges at 11 a.m. This fun day will provide you with an opportunity to wear your favourite costume and make a big splash! All funds raised will support programming and events for 23,000 athletes across the province. Learn more about the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.

🥌 The 2024 Canadian Police Curling Championship will be held from April 6 to 13 at the Whitby Curling Club. Spectators are encouraged to come cheer on police officers from across the country as they represent their provinces in this event that mirrors the Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts competitions. Event organizers are still seeking sponsorship and support from local businesses and volunteers. In addition to the sponsorship opportunities listed on the website, there are many ways our community can lend support (such as restaurant discounts, food and beverage sponsorships and more). Contact Shelley Van Erp for more information. Learn more about this event and how your business can support.

Find more sport updates in Durham Region

Current News & Trends

🎙️ In this episode of Hustle Over Everything, local REALTORS® Randy Rodney, Jackie Rodney, and Chiriga Derek talk about their journey in building a million-dollar real estate space in Oshawa, Ontario. Listen to the full podcast.

📈 The Tourism SkillsNet Ontario: Workforce Issues, Opportunities, and Impact Report provides crucial insights for industry leaders, policymakers and stakeholders by delving deep into the heart of Ontario's tourism and hospitality sector. View the full report.

💼 LinkedIn Creator Mode is a new LinkedIn feature that allows users to optimize their profiles for content creation and audience engagement. Learn how you can use LinkedIn Creator Mode to your advantage.

🏔️ In Norway, the tourism industry is committed to creating tourism that balances economic interests with social and environmental heritage. Learn how they are achieving this goal.

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