The dLAB Site
dLAB is located 48 kilometres (30 miles) east of downtown Toronto. It is bordered by Highway 401 and Champlain Road to the south, Thickson Road to the west, Thornton Road to the east and the railway corridor to the north. The site straddles the municipal border between the Town of Whitby (dLAB West) and the City of Oshawa (dLAB East).
The dLAB site symbolizes the kind of regional collaboration essential to Durham Region’s success. dLAB West, developed by River Oaks Group, is located on the Whitby side of the site, while dLAB East – which includes the planned Thornton Corners dLAB GO Transit station – is located largely on the Oshawa side of the site, with its development under the direction of Halloway Developments.
Measuring some 150 acres in total, dLAB is one of the largest assemblies of development land alongside Highway 401 in the Toronto area. Both the east and west channels of Corbett Creek run through dLAB. Each will be accompanied by green corridors of naturalized watercourses that will form part of dLAB’s vision for sustainable development: they will enhance a newly-urbanized dLAB with natural vistas, walkable pathways and easily-accessible open spaces.
At the western end of dLAB stands Durham College’s Whitby campus, where 3,000 students currently participate in classroom learning and 14 different apprenticeship programs, including 900 students enrolled at the Centre for Food. With a full-service, green-certified teaching restaurant and lounge, the Centre for Food focuses on field-to-fork innovation with an on-campus orchard, pollinator garden, greenhouse, planting zone and arboretum.