Community Spirit Awards – Nominate a Community Champion today!

We’re looking for Oakville’s shining stars! Every year Oakville residents spend countless hours volunteering their time to make our town a better place to live, work and play. We want to hear about these outstanding individuals and groups, share their stories, and celebrate their success.

Nominations are now open for the 17th Annual Community Spirit Awards recognizing outstanding individuals, groups and businesses. Nomination forms are available at all town recreation facilities, Town Hall and Oakville Public Library branches, or complete the online 2018 Community Spirit Awards nomination form. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, April 16 at 4 p.m. in the following award categories:

Award Categories

Access Award – sponsored by Access Abilities

Recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses or organizations that have made or are making a significant or ongoing voluntary contribution, beyond legislated requirements, to the well-being and advancement of people with disabilities.

Arts Award – sponsored by The Oakville Beaver

Recognizes an individual or organization that, through their volunteerism, has contributed to nurturing and enhancing the arts in Oakville.

Group Volunteer Award – sponsored by the Town of Oakville

Recognizes a group of three or more individuals who have come together to volunteer their time toward a shared goal/activity or event involving leadership, innovation and creativity. Activities or events can benefit all ages.

Heritage Award – sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada

Recognizes an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to Oakville by aiding in the preservation and celebration of Oakville’s natural, built or cultural heritage.

Individual Volunteer Award – Sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant

Recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding volunteer contribution towards improving the well-being of Oakville residents of any age group.

Senior Award – sponsored by Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence

Recognizes a senior individual or group (65 years and older) that has made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the Oakville community.

Youth Award – sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

Recognizes a youth individual or group (18 years and under) that has made positive contributions towards enriching Oakville’s quality of life. Continue reading Community Spirit Awards – Nominate a Community Champion today!

Council approves final design for Lakeshore Road reconstruction

Council approved the final design for Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project at a special Planning and Development Council held on Tuesday night.  Reconstruction between Navy and Allen streets is scheduled to start in the spring of 2019 and will be delivered in two phases:

  • Phase 1 in 2019 (spring to fall) – between Navy and Dunn streets
  • Phase 2 in 2020 (spring to fall) between Dunn and Allan streets.

“Downtown Oakville is essential to the cultural and economic well-being of our community,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We will be working closely with the Downtown Oakville BIA and individual businesses to implement measures that will encourage residents to continue visiting downtown throughout the reconstruction.”

Work on revitalizing the downtown streetscape began last year with the reconstruction of the Lakeshore Road Bridge. The bridge incorporated the new streetscape features such as granite curbs and light standards that will be included for the Lakeshore Project. This year the town will also be undertaking the conversion of existing one-way streets to two-way operation including the resurfacing of Navy, Randall, Church, George, and Dunn streets.

“With Lakeshore Road East, (Navy Street to Allan Street) coming to the end of its lifespan, the town undertook extensive research and public consultation to identify broader opportunities,” Dan Cozzi, director of Engineering and Construction, reported to Council. “This undertaking will improve traffic, beautify streets and improve pedestrian/cycle ways in the downtown.”

Council also heard about potential mitigation efforts to ensure sustainability of the commercial district through the construction period.

“We have examined similar projects in other communities,” Dorothy St. George, director of Economic Development stated. “Further consultation with businesses, Downtown BIA and other stakeholders will help ensure that we have the right plan for Oakville.”

Visit our Lakeshore Road Reconstruction Project page for more information, including a map and timeline.

Council seeks appointee to fill vacant Ward 4 seat

Seat declared vacant after resignation of former councillor Roger Lapworth

The Town of Oakville is looking to appoint a qualified candidate to fill the Ward 4 Town Councillor position left vacant following the recent resignation of former councillor Roger Lapworth. Councillor Lapworth announced his resignation for personal reasons on March 29, 2018. Lapworth had served as Town Councillor for Ward 4 since 2006.

Council officially declared the seat vacant at its meeting last night, and under the Municipal Act, an appointment to fill the vacancy must be made within 60 days of declaring the seat to be vacant. The town’s procedure for filling vacancies on Town Council notes that between January 1 of a regular election year and 90 days prior to voting day, the vacant position will be filled by appointment only.

To apply for the role, an applicant must be a Canadian citizen, 18 years of age or older and legally permitted to vote and hold municipal office. Candidates must live, own or rent property in the Town of Oakville or be the spouse of an owner or renter.

The town will provide an information session as part of its “So you want to run for Council” session taking place at Town Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18. This session will also be made available online at

Nomination packages will be available at the Clerk’s office in Town Hall and online at beginning on April 6, 2018. Applicants will be required to submit 25 declarations of endorsement with their nomination forms.

Applications will be accepted beginning April 13, 2018 until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018. A special meeting of Council will take place on Monday, May 7 in the Town Hall Council Chamber to give each applicant 5 minutes to explain why he or she is the best candidate for the position. Council will then vote to appoint the successful candidate to fill the vacancy.