Client Profile

Altus Group’s clients were the City of Oshawa, the Municipality of Clarington, and dLAB (the Durham Learning and Business District). dLAB is a proposed dense, dynamic urban hub of office and retail space woven together with postsecondary campuses. It is located in the heart of Durham Region, straddling the Whitby-Oshawa border.

The Challenge

The City of Oshawa, the Municipality of Clarington and dLAB required an unbiased research team to conduct an analysis on the economic impacts of a proposed GO Train Lakeshore East extension through Central Oshawa and into Bowmanville.

The Solution

Altus Group’s Economic Consulting team identified the impacts of the proposed extension of the GO train on economic activity in Region of Durham.

This analysis included:

  • Impacts of initial investment, development and construction of project
  • Impacts of on-going operations
  • Economic efficiencies and benefits to prospective new riders and businesses
  • Potential for stimulated development activity in areas around new stations
  • Potential support for emerging economic sectors
The Result

The City of Oshawa, the Municipality of Clarington, and dLAB used Altus Group’s analysis to approach their provincial partners and in June 2016 received word from the ministry that planning would begin on the proposed corridor. The clients fully attributed this successful outcome to the sound economic research from Altus Group and its partner on the project.


Metrolinx is currently working with Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) to improve infrastructure and service planning that will serve a 20km extension of the Lakeshore East GO line by 2025. Construction is slated to begin in 2019 for four new stations to support the service: Thornton Road in Oshawa, Ritson Road in Oshawa, Courtice Road in Courtice, and Martin Road in Bowmanville. This expanded GO Transit service will provide the Durham Region with more direct connections to the larger GO Transit network, while reducing congestion on the main GTHA roadways and helping to connect the people of Durham Region to further education and job opportunities.