Located just 20 minutes from Toronto, Ajax is part of the Greater Toronto Area, home to over 6 million people. Ajax is within a day's drive to over 120 million customers who represent over one-third of the North American marketplace. Here you can find data on our 120,000 population and why nearly 2000 businesses choose Ajax.

 Demographics
Location

Ajax is located in Durham Region in Southern Ontario, Canada, located in the eastern part of the Greater Toronto Area.

Distance to Major US Centres:

New York – 818 km or 508 miles

Boston – 906 km or 563 miles

Detroit - 412 km or 256 miles

Chicago - 867 km or 538 miles

Washington - 947 km or 588 miles

Education and Schools

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) and Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) are responsible for public education in Ajax and other municipalities in Durham Region.

Healthcare

Ajax is home to Lakeridge Health Ajax Pickering Hospital, as well as a number of medical clinics, specialty clinics and laboratories.

Visit the Hospitals and Walk-in Clinics page for more information.

Housing

Ajax offers a range of housing options that are affordable and part of safe and active communities.

Housing market

Housing availability

Incentives

Learn more about incentives in Ajax:

Federal and Provincial Funding: Mentorworks

PriorityPATH

Community Improvement Plans

Workforce

With a population of nearly 120,000, Ajax offers employers a local labour force of approximately 91,480 people. Within a 30 minute drive, an expanded labour force of over one million lives in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The people behind these numbers are highly educated and diversely skilled.

Labour force Statistics

Durham Workforce Authority

Maps

Visit the Maps page for available maps of Ajax.

Population and Demographics

Based on the 2016 census, Ajax has a population of 119,677 people, and is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Ontario.

For more statistics, visit Ajax Data Portal on on the Durham Workforce Authority website. The data is available for download.

 Site Selection

 
Finding a Location

The Economic Development Office works closely with local landowners, brokers and developers. These established relationships allow for the up to date information about available land for development and existing vacant space. This helps to ensure that all prospective Ajax locations are included when undertaking a site search on your behalf. Contact us for a custom report.

 Setting up a Business
Moving or establishing a new business may present unique demands on financial and human capital. The Economic Development Office can provide suggestions for identifying funding sources, local suppliers, business associations, utilities, initial hiring fairs, logistics, ground-breaking ceremonies, and links to post secondary institutions.
 Establishing a Local Presence

Businesses can quickly and easily make initial connections and linkages through the Economic Development Office, and may also be able to provide assistance with lead generation, help setup an announcement of your arrival with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and assist you with the coordination of local dignitaries.

 Development Charges and Fees
Visit the Development Charges and Applications page for more information on Ajax's development process, charges and fees.
Key Sectors

Based on key attributes, The Economic Development and Tourism Strategy has identified five key sectors that demonstrate the greatest potential for growth in Ajax:

Manufacturing

Durham Region has traditionally been a centre of manufacturing with strength in the automotive (i.e. General Motors in Oshawa), aerospace (i.e. SAFRAN Messier-Dowty in Ajax) and automation (i.e. Siemens in Ajax) sectors. These industries have continued to thrive by developing and implementing sophisticated manufacturing methods and structures that allow them to better manufacture and deliver their products to market.

Business and Information Technology Services

Business and information technology services represent a significant business and labour force attraction and retention opportunity for the Town of Ajax.

Ajax has an excellent base for expansion of this sector and a strong regional economy to support businesses in the professional services sector. Continued population growth should also foster growth in several sub-sectors including legal services, accounting and tax preparation or services supporting local industries, like architectural, energy and engineering services.

Healthcare

The health care and services sector represents a significant business attraction and expansion opportunity for the Town of Ajax.Successful regional economies need the availability of high quality health care. Hospitals and related healthcare institutions are major employers with employees contributing to the local economy through wages and spending.

Tourism

Tourism is a sector that is quickly gaining momentum as Town of Ajax grows. As the population continues to increase, so too are tourism related products and services that cater to residents, businesses and visitors. To date, Ajax is proud to be home to a number of significant Tourism attractions that draw visitors into the Region on a regular basis.

Logistics and Warehousing

The Town has experienced considerable growth in several sub-sectors of importance to the wholesale trade and transportation wholesale trade industries. These include strong labour force growth in personal and household goods wholesalers/distributors and local job growth in machinery, equipment and supplies, motor vehicle parts and building material and supplies. The importance of strength in this sector is the advantage it provides to other sectors, especially manufacturing and retail trade.

Not only do these sectors represent key areas of focus both locally and provincially, they reflect emerging trends that are shaping industries of the future.

Major Employers

Ajax's five key sectors include manufacturing, business and IT services, healthcare, tourism, and logistics and warehousing.

Major employers in Ajax include:

  • Loblaw's Distribution
  • SAFRAN (formerly Messier-Bugatti-Dowty Inc.)
  • Lakeridge Health (Ajax Pickering Hospital)
  • Intact Insurance Company
  • Lear Canada
  • Volkswagen Canada Inc.
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Westrock Packaging Systems Ltd.
  • Axalta Coating Systems
  • Lifetime Athletic Ajax
 Transportation, Logistics
Ajax strives to provide businesses and residents a safe and efficient transportation network.

Ajax is also accessible by air, rail and water and public transit via the following providers:

Utilities
Providers:

Electricity: Veridian Connections

Natural Gas: Enbridge

Water and Sewer: Region of Durham Works

Historical Rate data