Ajax is a Southern Ontarian town, located in the Durham Region in the eastern part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The town was established in 1955 and according to the 2016 population census; Ajax has a total population of 119,677 (which is a 9.2% increase in population from its 2011 population), a land area of 67.07 square kilometers, and a population density of 1,634.2 per square kilometer. Ajax is bordered by the City of Pickering, Town of Whitby and Lake Ontario and it consists of 29 communities.
Owing to its population size, Ajax is ranked as the 44th largest municipality in Canada. It was named after a Royal Navy cruiser, HMS Ajax that served in World War II. Ajax is about 25 kilometers from Toronto and it is bounded by Whitby and Pickering.
Prior to 1949, the only industry in Ajax was D.I.L. The city had no industry from 1945-1949 with the closure of D.I.L. However, Dowly Aerospace began operating in the town in 1949. Several other companies also entered the market space in 1969, namely DuPont, Volkswagen Canada, Ajax Textile, Paintplas, AEG Bayly Engineering and so forth.
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