DURHAM: Representatives from The Regional Municipality of Durham met 
with provincial cabinet ministers—during the 2019 Association of 
Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) annual conference—to discuss challenges 
impacting residents and businesses in Durham; partnering on solutions to 
address these issues.
“Durham Region is one of Canada’s fastest-growing regions,” said John 
Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “We are experiencing immense economic and social change. To ensure our region’s continued 
growth and development, advance the quality of life for our residents, 
and support the future of our transportation network, we must work 
together to provide innovative, cost-effective and efficient services.”
The Region is advocating for support and action on the following issues:
GO Lakeshore East Extension, Option 1: To enhance GO train service north 
of Highway 401 into Oshawa and Clarington. This extension is critical to 
the region’s future land use and transportation network—putting train 
service and stations where people and businesses are located.
Option 1 will help to support community-building, economic development, and transit ridership growth for decades to come. It will provide value for our taxpayers via job stimulation, new homes, construction of office 
space, and over $1 billion in transit-oriented walkable urban development. And, it will provide an anchor in downtown Oshawa to drive Durham’s bold vision for transit.
Learn more about how the Region is keeping Durham on the right track.
Delivery of public health services across the region: Public health is 
working in Durham Region. The integration of our public health 
unit—within the regional government structure—has already created 
significant administrative efficiencies related to facilities, finance, 
human resources, information technology (IT) and legal services.
It also enables collaboration with other human services to help better meet the needs of our vulnerable populations. Removing public health 
from the Region would be complex, have a significant financial impact, 
and eliminate efficiencies already being realized.
Social housing crisis: Affordable, accessible and suitable housing is essential for healthy communities, strong and vibrant neighbourhoods. 
Current housing programs are not meeting the needs of our residents—some rent-to-income housing applicants face a 14-year wait. Plus, service 
managers require flexibility to optimize provincial funding.
We need more housing choices, innovative options, and improved access 
to information (particularly for support services related to addiction 
and mental health issues). Through Durham’s Primary Care Outreach 
Program (PCOP), a paramedic and social worker provide front-line 
services to those who are homeless/under-housed or have mental health and addiction challenges; including referrals for housing, counselling and 
other services.
The Region is committed to ending homelessness in Durham and ensuring affordable rent and greater housing choice for everyone. Learn more 
about At Home in Durham.
“The Region will continue these conversations with the province, 
ensuring that the needs of Durham’s residents and businesses are met,” 
said, Chair Henry. “We know that investing in our communities today will 
create a strong and resilient Durham of tomorrow.”