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May 3, 2023 News

May 3, 2023 News

Find your Ward here here and your Council Members here

Oakville Transit now FREE

for youth and seniors

Starting May 1st, Oakville Transit is now FREE of charge for youth (13-19) and seniors (65+) with the use of a valid PRESTO card. 

PRESTO cards can be purchased anytime for a one-time fee of $6 at local Shoppers Drug Mart locations, Oakville GO station, Oakville Transit and Town Hall.

"This has been a wonderful start to a new initiative that's really going to open up possibilities for everybody in town to get around more and connect more with each other and make Oakville an even friendlier and livable place." 

- Mayor Rob Burton

Read more about the free transit program

Town invites public input 

to finalize plans for 

Midtown Oakville

Let's Talk Midtown: The Vision for Midtown Oakville

The Town of Oakville has released the latest draft of the town-initiated Official Plan Amendment (OPA) for Midtown Oakville. 

The town invites residents and businesses to provide their input through an online survey and in-person engagement opportunities before the OPA is finalized for Council’s approval.  

“Provincial legislation has designated 25 Urban Growth Centres across Ontario with minimum density targets for each one. Working together we can ensure that Midtown Oakville is Ontario's most livable urban growth centre. Our engaged community has an opportunity to help shape this exciting and historic project. Achieving success in Midtown is essential for our community’s future.” 

- Mayor Rob Burton

Read the full release

Hold the date - information session on Neighbourhood Traffic Safety Program 

on May 18

The Town is holding an information session on the neighbourhood traffic safety program on May 18.

The Neighbourhood Safety Program is an ongoing effort to ensure Oakville’s residential streets are safe for all road users.

The program will see the implementation of Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras, and an increase in community safety zones and pedestrian crossovers, to address speeding and aggressive driving in Oakville’s residential neighbourhoods.

Read more here

Mayor Burton

proclaims May as 

Asian Heritage Month

Asian Heritage Month

Mayor Burton and Ward 7 Councillor Scott Xie hosted members of Oakville's Asian community to proclaim May as Asian Heritage Month in the town. 

"Happy Asian Heritage Month. I am proud to celebrate the invaluable contributions of our Asian community to our town and our country. 

"From culture to cuisine, arts to science, the Asian community has enriched our society in many ways." - Mayor Rob Burton

Town of Oakville receives David W. Pretty Cup for lifesaving swimming programs

The Town of Oakville has received Lifesaving Society Ontario’s David W. Pretty Cup for a third year in a row.

Earlier this month, the town also received the 2023 Parks and Recreation Ontario Aquatics Facility Design Award. 

Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre has been recognized for its excellence in aquatics facility design and the innovative ways it meets the community’s needs. 

“Council and I are proud of the recognition the Town of Oakville is receiving for delivering great programs and services in high quality facilities. A big thank you to staff for their hard work, dedication, and contributions to our town’s livability and to our partners Diamond Schmitt Architects, Graham Construction, Austin Carrol Pools and DEI Consulting Engineers for helping the town build the award-winning Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre.” - Mayor Rob Burton

Read the full release

Feeding wildlife is prohibited 

on both public and private 

property in Oakville

On April 24, Town Council approved an amendment to the Lot Maintenance By-law prohibiting feeding wildlife and leaving food out to attract animals.

Feeding wildlife may seem harmless, however it can have serious impacts on both animals and the community.

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Blaze Fire Academy to offer three immersive career info sessions in 2023

Blaze Fire Academy, a joint initiative of the fire departments in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills, is back with more career sessions to encourage adults and youth to join the fire service. 

"We are immensely proud of the dedicated and skilled members of Halton’s Fire and Emergency Services teams who work tirelessly to keep our community safe around the clock. This year, the expanded range of training programs encourages people of all ages, genders and backgrounds to experience this important career firsthand in an immersive training format.” - Mayor Rob Burton

Read the full release

Oakville Fire invites homeowners and renters 

to attend fire prevention info session

Oakville Fire department is inviting you to attend a free fire prevention information session this May to learn about the legislated responsibilities landlords and tenants each have regarding smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. 

Topics covered will also include home escape planning, candle safety, and cooking safety.

An in-person session will be on Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Halton Multicultural Council, 1092 Speers Road, Oakville. 

A virtual session will be on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Interested attendees can register by emailing

Read the full release

Halton Regional Police Service 

Now Accepting Applications for 

2023-2024 Youth Advisory Council

This National Youth Week, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is excited to announce that its Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is now accepting new applicants for the 2023-2024 school year.

“Joining YAC is a great opportunity for the youth we serve to share their perspectives on the work we do and the issues and initiatives that impact them most,” said Sergeant Jacqueline Ross, Regional Community Mobilization Bureau. 

“We encourage all youth to learn more about our program and to consider applying for the upcoming school year.”

Read the full release

Hold the date, 

Annual Mayor's Picnic is back!

The Annual Mayor's Picnic is back! Join us on Sunday, June 11 from 12 Noon to 4:30 p.m. at Lakeside Park for an afternoon of music and activities. 

For more information visit

We look forward to seeing you there!

Local News

Town of Oakville receives David W. Pretty Cup for lifesaving swimming programs

Oakville Dads is a group of men who not only support each other, but the community in which they live.

Inspired by the Burlington Dads organization, founder Jeremy Sims took to Facebook to launch Oakville Dads in 2018; today, the group boasts more than 4,000 members.

Read the full story

Halton school board celebrating Education Week for students in Oakville, Milton, Burlington

This theme of this year’s Education Week is Education for a Brighter Future and the Halton District School Board will celebrate May 1 to 5 for students in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.

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Provincial News

Ontario Cracking Down on Auto Theft

The Ontario government is fighting auto theft by investing $51 million in new measures to help police identify and dismantle organized crime networks and put thieves behind bars. The funding will support first-of-its kind auto theft prosecution teams to investigate and prosecute criminal organizations that profit from stolen vehicles.

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Lack of Ontario long COVID strategy risks care: ministry documents

Ontario's lack of a long COVID strategy has led the health sector to cobble together "fragmented" clinics that are at risk of closure and may lead to little to no support for patients, internal Ministry of Health documents warn.

Read the full story

Update on Ontario's 

housing legislation

The following highlights the province's legislative housing pieces and what they entail.

First Term 2018 – 2022


  • Bill 66, Restoring Ontario's. Competitiveness Act

The province describes this as an Act to restore Ontario's economic competitiveness by amending or repealing certain Acts in order to “eliminate red tape and burdensome regulations so businesses can grow, create and protect good jobs for the people of Ontario”. 


  • Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act


The Bill includes extensive amendments to legislation related to housing development in Ontario, including substantial changes to the planning and appeal process, municipal revenue generation tools and environmental protection.


Second term 2022-Present


  • Bill 3, Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, 2022

Bill 3 would amend the City of Toronto Act, 2006 and the Municipal Act, 2001 to provide new powers to the mayor of the City of Toronto and mayors of other “designated municipalities,” such as by allowing them to appoint or dismiss the chief administrative officer or a chair or vice-chair of a local board. Only a two-thirds vote of city council can overrule a “strong mayor” on matters deemed a “provincial priority,” such as affordable housing projects, public transit, highways and other infrastructure.

  • Bill 109, More Homes for Everyone Act, 2022
  • Significant impacts on the planning process; shortened time periods and penalties
  • Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022
  • Sweeping changes to a range of legislation
  • Decreased development funding for new parks, recreation, roads, fire stations
  • Region’s role limited to infrastructure building; planning functions shifted to the town
  • Reduced role of Conservation Halton
  • Housing Pledge
  • Bill 39, Better Municipal Governance Act, 2022
  • Province to assign facilitators to assess regional governments and how to best extend “strong Mayor” tools
  • Proposed Bill 97, Helping Homebuyers, Protecting Tenants Act
  • Provincial Policy Statement and Growth Plan integrated in one document out for 60 day consultation
  • Additional protection for rental units

National News

Canada's poverty rate remains below pre-pandemic levels

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada took unprecedented action to support Canadians and ensure a robust economic recovery. By March 2023, 865,000 more Canadians were employed than before the pandemic. 

However, higher inflation rates are making it difficult for many Canadians to make ends meet, and higher prices on essential goods are causing undue stress. In the face of global inflation and rising costs, the Government of Canada continues to provide much-needed relief to Canadians.

Read the full release

Legislate CRA strikers back to work, small business group urges Ottawa

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on the federal government to end tax uncertainty for small businesses by legislating an end to the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) strike.

Read the full story

World News

U.S. ending COVID vaccine mandates for travellers. Where other countries stand

As Canadians prepare for the upcoming summer season, some may be eagerly planning trips abroad.

However, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic still a global concern, the question arises: what countries still require vaccine passports or tests?

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Sudan crisis: More than 100K flee war-torn nation amid crumbling ceasefires

Sudan’s war has forced 100,000 people to flee across the border and fighting now its third week is creating a humanitarian crisis, UN officials said on Tuesday as gunfire and explosions echoed across the capital in violation of another ceasefire.

Read the full story

Upcoming Events

Walk Location: Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides Head Office, 152 Wilson St, Oakville

Date of walk: May 28, 2023 11 a.m. 

More info here

$2,500 Digital Transformation Grants NOW available

Applications are now being accepted for the $2,500 Digital Transformation Grants! Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2023, or until funds are fully exhausted. There are a limited number of grants available, so businesses are encouraged to apply early!


It is free to apply and the process is simple:


  1. Register your business at and complete the digital assessment.
  2. Pass the pre-qualification quiz, complete the 2.5 hours of online training, and develop your Digital Transformation Plan.
  3. Apply for a $2,500 grant.

Food Banks experiencing record demand

Oakville's food banks are in record-breaking demand. If you can donate anything, please do. Your help is needed.

Fareshare Food Bank Oakville:


Kerr Street Mission


The Salvation Army Oakville

Food 4 Kids Halton

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1225 Trafalgar Road,

Oakville, Ontario


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