Facts About Oshawa

  • Oshawa is a city in Ontario, Canada, on the Lake Ontario shoreline.
  • The name Oshawa originates from the Ojibwa term aaz haway, meaning “the crossing place” or just “a cross”.
  • Oshawa’s roots are tied to the automobile industry, specifically the Canadian division of General Motors, known as General Motors Canada. Founded in 1876 as the McLaughlin Carriage Company by Robert McLaughlin, and then McLaughlin Motors Ltd by his son, Sam, General Motors of Canada’s headquarters are located in the city.
  • Oshawa was incorporated as a village in 1850.
  • Originally called Skae’s Corners, its present name is an Ojibwa term meaning “that point at the crossing of the stream where the canoe was exchanged for the trail.”
  • The Estimated Population of Oshawa is 170,071.
  • In 1974, Oshawa became part of the newly formed Regional Municipality of Durham.
  • The automotive industry was the inspiration for Oshawa’s previous mottos: “The City that Motovates Canada”, and “The City in Motion”.
  • The city’s airport is the only one with the word “executive” in its name: “Oshawa Executive Airport”.
  • Oshawa is home to General Motors Canada. It used to be called the Automotive Capital of Canada.
Facts About Oshawa
Facts About Oshawa

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