In the heart of Durham County, set along the shores of Lake Ontario is the town of Ajax, Ontario. As part of the Greater Toronto Area, the town of Ajax contains one of the highest population growth rates in Canada, with an approximate population of 120,000, with a local labor force of 91,480 people. Because of its inclusion in the Greater Toronto Area, the current labor force is significantly expanded to include the labor force in the entirety of the Greater Toronto Area.
Oshawa Executive Airport, and the Lester B. Pearson International Airport 45 minutes away, links Ajax via air, and the Port of Oshawa provides linkages to the rest of North America by sea. Railway access is provided by Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railway lines which run through the industrial zones of Ajax.
The key industries of the town have evolved past the historical industries and now focus on manufacturing, business and Information Technology Services, Healthcare, Tourism and Logistics and Warehousing. Key players in the industrial sector include Volkswagen Canada Inc., Lear Canada and the Ontario Power Generation.
Manufacturing retains the bulk of land usage in Ajax, where the automotive and aerospace industries take advantage of the proximity to the Greater Toronto Area, as well as the shipping linkages through Oshawa. Land use in Ajax prioritizes the Regional Centres, Regional Corridors, Transit Areas, Local Centres and Local Corridors. The Employment Areas contain the Prestige Employment, General Employment, Heavy Employment and the GO Transit Mixed Use Area. The Heavy Employment Sites which include warehouses, logistics and heavy manufacturing industries are located south of Highway 401 and along HIghway 22.