Welcome to Ajax, Ontario

In the heart of Durham Region, the Town of Ajax is a progressive, diverse and vibrant, waterfront community. Ajax is a unique place where people, nature, and history connect. Ajax is home to one of the fastest-growing populations in the eastern Greater Toronto Area (GTA). With over 65 languages spoken, we are also one of the most diverse. The history of Ajax dates back to 1941 during World War II, when the largest defence industry in North America, Defence Industries Limited (DIL), located in the area to provide supplies for the Allies in the war. Thousands of workers and their families settled in the immediate area, and a community was born. The name “Ajax” was chosen in honour of one of the three ships that in 1939 had engaged and routed the German battleship Graf Spee at the Battle of the River Plate near Uruguay.

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