News Release

August 23, 2018

Celebrate the Official Grand Opening of Pat Bayly Square Sept. 16
Featuring the unveiling of Canada’s first monument to honour women war workers

Residents, visitors and history enthusiasts are invited to attend the grand opening of the highly anticipated Pat Bayly Square (55 Bayly St. W) on September 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event features an official ceremony starting at 2 p.m. with tributes to Ajax’s storied history.

As part of the celebration, the Town is unveiling the first monument in Canada to honour Canadian women war workers, including those who worked at Defence Industries Limited (D.I.L.) in Ajax during World War II.

The event will also feature live entertainment, an artisans market, activities and a special tote bag giveaway for the first 300 guests.


“Named after Ajax’s first mayor, Pat Bayly Square pays homage to the Town’s past while representing Council’s vision for the New Downtown Ajax. This new urban, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development will be a hub of community activity and a destination for visitors for generations to come.”

-       Mayor Steve Parish 


  • The square also features the bust of Pat Bayly, a reflective pool/skating rink, accessible gathering and event space, a civic space and change rooms.
  • Aside from being the first mayor of Ajax, Pat Bayly was an engineer, professor and inventor of the Rockex cipher machine used during World War II. To recognize this accomplishment, the square will include paving patterns and signage inspired by the machine’s unique graphic style.
  • D.I.L. was one of the largest munitions plants in the British Commonwealth during World War II, employing more than 9,000 workers from across Canada.
  • Renowned artist, Timothy Schmalz, sculptor of the women war workers monument, will be in attendance to share important details about his work on the historic piece.
  • The monument was commissioned by the Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Committee who raised $170,000 from community and corporate donations. The Ministry of Canadian Heritage provided a grant of $232,000 and the Town of Ajax $100,000.




Media Contact: Rachael Wraith, Senior Communications Officer, 905-619-2529, ext. 3325