The Power of Clarington’s Economic Growth

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Sights are on the Municipality of Clarington as a place to call home. In the last few years, dollars have been spent on infrastructure projects
totalling over $14 billion, such as Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment project, the Highway 407 East Extension to Highway 35/115, Port Granby environmental remediation project, and proposed GO Transit Lakeshore East Extension to Bowmanville.

Clarington’s total building permit values also continue to increase year after year. With a population fast approaching 100,000—and expected to increase by more than 45 per cent by the year 2031—people and businesses are making a commitment to secure their future in Clarington.

According to the Municipality of Clarington’s 2018 Growth Trends Review
report, Clarington’s total building permit values increased by 11.3 per cent, from $379.6 million in 2017 to $422.6 million in 2018. Residential building permit values rose by four per cent in 2018; rising from $330.3 million to $343.4 million.

The value of non-residential building permits in 2018 increased by about 60 per cent, from $49.4 million to $79.1 million. Clarington is one of the fastest-growing municipalities within Durham Region. Over the past 15 years, Clarington’s share of building permit values, within Durham, has more than doubled—rising from 10 to over 20 per cent.

In 2018, the total value of building permits in the Region of Durham was about $2.06 billion. That’s an increase of $98 million from the previous year. The Municipality of Clarington contributed approximately a quarter of that total value.

Over one million square feet of industrial space for various users will be constructed in the next 18 months. Construction of Toyota Canada Inc.’s
350,000-square-foot eastern Canada Parts Distribution Centre is well underway in east Bowmanville. A $40 million investment—bringing more than 100 jobs—is projected to be operational by April 2020.

East Penn Canada announced—earlier this year—that Clarington will be home of their new 200,000-square-foot distribution centre headquarters, just south of Highway 401.

In addition, Clarington is forming the foundation for the cannabis innovation. Currently, there are three Health Canada Licensed Producers in the community; soon to be four. Six additional cannabis licensed holders are in various stages of development. It is anticipated this industry will represent over 1,000 skilled jobs, including those involved in cultivation,
extraction, research and development and product development.

In June, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced its plan to build a
new corporate campus in Clarington, which will consolidate its operations. Thus fostering collaboration and innovation. Plans are to build this campus by 2024. The facility will accommodate staff from 15 existing locations across the Greater Toronto Area and Niagara Region, bringing over 2,000 jobs to the Clarington community. OPG has created a positive economic imprint in Durham Region— supplying 34 per cent of clean, safe, reliable
energy to Ontario for 30 years. Clarington is excited to encourage economic spin-off, as benefits are realized in the community.

The new campus will be built on an existing OPG site, just north of the Darlington Energy Complex.