Halton Region Public Health is working closely with partners to roll out the vaccine as quickly and equitably as possible. Planning is underway to ensure that everyone in Halton who wants the vaccine can receive it, following the vaccination of priority populations.
Earlier this week, Premier Ford announced a province-wide stay-at-home order, effective April 8 for a minimum of four weeks. This order requires residents of Ontario to remain at home, except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store, accessing health care services, outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.
Please note that the ServiceOakville counter at Town Hall is now closed to the public for the duration of the stay-at-home order. You can access many services online at oakville.ca; if you require further assistance, you can reach ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or by email.
For a complete list of what is open and closed, as well as the latest updates on service changes and community supports, please visit our COVID-19 page.
Thank you for doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Halton Region has launched their online booking system and is inviting all residents who are 80 years of age and older to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment! Residents can book at any location that is most convenient. In Oakville, the site is St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas Street West. This is an initial location and other clinics may be identified as required.
Residents who require additional booking support can call Halton Region at 311 and a customer service representative will be available to help. If you have a family member, friend or neighbour who is 80 years of age or older and may need some assistance, we encourage you to reach out and help them register online. Halton Region has also arranged for free transportation to and from the clinics for residents who require it.
With spring nearing, many are looking forward to warmer temperatures and enjoying the outdoors. The Oakville Fire department is reminding residents to stay off all bodies of water that appear to be frozen, as changing weather can cause rapid and significant changes to ice conditions.
Sunlight and solar radiation travelling through clear ice can cause the water below to warm and melt from the bottom up. When water is flowing above or below the ice surface, such as the inflows to storm management ponds, it will weaken, creating unstable and dangerous conditions.
Please stay off all bodies of water, including stormwater management ponds. Stormwater management ponds are designed to retain water runoff and slowly release it back into receiving water courses. Factors such as frequent flowing water, fluctuating temperatures, and runoff pollutants like road salt, make these bodies of water (frozen or open water) especially unpredictable and subject to rapid change.
Although they may look inviting, they are not safe. Don’t skate, walk or toboggan on these ponds. Please obey all posted signs, and exercise caution around ice-covered bodies of water. Be safe this spring and check out these helpful tips from Conservation Halton.
Throughout the town, there are many safe and fun outdoor winter activities for the entire family to enjoy. Please visit our winter recreation page for a full list of activities.
Throughout the town, there are many safe and fun winter activities for the entire family to enjoy responsibly, such as: outdoor skating on town rinks, groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails; winter cycling trails; and winter pickleball and tennis courts (weather permitting).
We know that things feel a little different this year, but it’s so important that we continue to follow all health and safety measures in place and enjoy recreation activities with members of our own households only for the safety of the entire community.
SAFETY REMINDER: Skating, walking and tobogganing on stormwater management ponds is unsafe and not permitted under our parks by-law. For your safety, please stay off all creeks, ponds and ice-covered bodies of water as they haven’t had time to freeze solidly yet. Be sure to check out these ice safety tips and this video message from Oakville Fire Chief Paul Boissonneault where he discusses the dangers of venturing onto frozen bodies of water.