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Ajax celebrates its 50th anniversary

The Town of Ajax, named after the courageous and determined British warship HMS Ajax, has a history deeply routed in industry and community spirit.

The Town began as the site of a munitions plant built by the Federal Government and operated by Defence Industries Limited (DIL) to provide war munitions to support the Second World War Allied effort.

In 1950, in response to a petition from citizens of Ajax, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) ordered that Ajax become the Improvement District of Ajax but that it would be owned by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and administered by a provincially appointed Board of Trustees.

In 1954, a petition for Town status was submitted to the OMB and the Board once again ruled in favour of the petition and the Town of Ajax was born. The first Council, comprising of Mayor, Reeve, Deputy Reeve and six Councillors, was elected on December 11, 1954 and were sworn into office at the first Council Meeting on January 10, 1955.

What began as a munitions plant during the Second World War has grown over the last fifty years into a vibrant community with a robust economy that will continue to grow well into the future.

February 19, 2005 in Toronto Area Communities | Permalink


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