Sitting on the shore of Lake Ontario not far from Toronto, the city of Oshawa is home to about 150,000 people. It is often given the nickname "The Automotive Capital of Canada" – although Windsor, Ontario competes with it for the title – due to its large car industry, which is of great importance to the city and drives the local economy. Expats living in Oshawa will soon discover that this is indeed a city made for cars – in fact, the Canadian Automotive Museum is one of its star attractions. There's also a strong educational sector here, with Trent University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology campuses of great prominence in the city and even fuelling a small boom in building. For expats living in Oshawa with an interest in sport, this city has it all: hockey, soccer, basketball and plenty of other sports besides are popular and the city's many sports venues are a great way for an expat in Oshawa to get to know the local community and settle in.
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On arriving in the city, expats in Oshawa will enjoy exploring the historic and friendly downtown area, where many of the city's restaurants and bars can be found, and strolling through the Parkwood Estate Gardens. The latter is a grand country house built almost a century ago for – you guessed – a local automobile businessman. When moving to Oshawa, getting to the city shouldn't be difficult, with train services, intercity buses and flights to the city's Oshawa Municipal Airport. You can find out plenty more about moving, expatriation and what to expect as an expatriate in Oshawa on the InterNations website. We have a good selection of content from InterNations members, giving an insight into life as an expat in other cities, as well as a set of general expatriation articles in our online Expat Magazine. From international finance to working abroad, it's a great general resource for any expatriate moving abroad.
The city's proximity to Toronto makes it a vibrant place to be based. A strong university presence also gives expats working in Oshawa the feeling of being in a dynamic city with plenty of global minds to meet. You can find other expats in Oshawa through our InterNations website, using the discussion groups, forums or private communications to get more information on things to do in the city, network, socialize or even organize a meet-up. There are plenty of great places to get together in the city's downtown and it's only a short journey for expatriates working in Oshawa to travel out to Toronto. There, you can find a wider international network again, or simply enjoy one of Canada's – if not the world's – most famous cities.