Town calls for collaboration and funding support from higher levels of government regarding province’s Bill 23

Oakville fully recognizes the significant role municipalities play in increasing the housing supply in Ontario, however the new legislation – Bill 23, as it currently stands, creates significant administrative and funding challenges for the town. As such, the town awaits further information and clarification on the commitment the province has made to ensure the town receives the necessary funding support to address the new housing legislation.

“The public expects all levels of government to work together to solve the housing supply crisis, and the town seeks collaborative efforts and financial support from higher levels of government. We remain optimistic the Province will come through on its pledge to protect the long-term sustainability of municipal budgets and help Oakville create a thriving future.”

Mayor Rob Burton

Based on the information available so far, the new housing legislation will require the town to approve two to three times more residential units than what the development industry has built in the last 10 years. It will be up to the development industry to build those pre-approved units amidst a labour shortage and supply chain challenges. To achieve the established targets set by the province, action and support is required by all levels of government, including the Town of Oakville.

The Government of Ontario has assigned Oakville a housing target of 33,000 units as part of the province’s overall target of 1.5 million homes in the next 10 years. This is in addition to 19,000 units already allocated to the town by the Province’s Growth Plan. As such, the town will be required to accommodate around 52,000 new residential units over the next decade across the town, and mostly directed to strategic growth areas such as Midtown, Bronte GO, Uptown and Hospital District.

The current legislative changes also mean that the town will collect lesser revenues from developers for new parks, roads and recreational amenities. There are also significant changes to some processes such as site plan control, appeals to the Ontario Land Tribunal, as well as public input and consultation on draft plans of subdivisions. 

“Everyone agrees that housing affordability and attainability need to be addressed. However, solutions need to include all stakeholders – all levels of government, the development industry, and citizens – to ensure that those solutions don’t unfairly burden existing taxpayers. Staff will continue to work through these changes, assess the implications, and continue to provide Council with information and the best advice going forward.”

Jane Clohecy, Chief Administrative Officer

The full impacts to the town are still being determined in the Ontario Government’s ongoing discussions with Ontario Big City Mayors and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

Following a staff presentation on Bill 23 last night, Council passed a motion “that staff update Council and the public as they receive additional information on Bill 23, its impact on the community and provide clarification on commitments by the province and actions by the Federal Government to address all of Oakville’s concerns.”

Council also directed staff to submit the town’s comments to the Environmental Registry of Ontario to inform future regulations associated with Bill 23, as well as forward the staff report to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and other key ministries and stakeholders.

For more information review the staff report on the impacts of Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022.

Council also approved a staff report on the impacts Bill 109, More Homes for Everyone Act, 2022 will have on the planning process including changes to the time periods for which planning applications must be considered, and the introduction of penalties if those define time periods are not met.

Summer Art Camps—Registration Now Open! Multiple Sessions All Summer: 4 July – 19 August

Oakville Galleries’ day camps offer instruction in key art-making techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture, and then build on these fundamentals with fun-filled projects. No two campers’ outputs look alike, as every activity is adapted to suit our participants’ individual ideas, interests and abilities. For ages 6-12.

This year’s camps will focus on getting outside as much as possible, adding additional health and safety as well as using nature as inspiration. Classes will include instruction in creating artworks influenced by the beautiful surroundings of Gairloch Gardens and Lake Ontario. Each session will introduce new techniques as we bring them to life with our imaginations. Materials such as chalk pastel, watercolour, canvas and clay will be used to create beautiful masterpieces.

This year, Oakville Galleries will also reintroduce our Camps for French Learners! Designed for children with a basic to intermediate understanding of French, Camps for French Learners are a great way to strengthen your child’s French speaking skills before returning to school in September. Taught in French by an artist from Oakville Galleries, our programs combine art activities and language lessons for a dynamic hands-on learning experience. Students should have at least one year of core French classes or French immersion before participating in this program.

In the event of a closure or changes to provincial health guidelines, Oakville Galleries will instead offer virtual content and/or adjust programming accordingly throughout the listed dates.

Cost: $238 ($280 for non-members) LONG WEEKEND 4 DAY WEEK: *$204 ($240 for non-members)

Registration and more information

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre JURIED SHOW OF HALTON AND PEEL

December 9th – February 6th

There is nothing more thrilling then when you see your art hung on a gallery wall. The mandate of JCHAC is to provide exhibitions for emerging artists.

Our newly hung Juried Show for the Artists of Halton and Peel is extraordinary, not only for its diversity, but for the artistry of the paintings. Paintings vary from tiny exquisite watercolours to large colourful canvases, from extraordinary portraits, to landscapes and digitized photographs. On one wall a giant bird flies toward a seascape of the Outer Hebrides. Another is a pastel of our valley, fields, and sky.

36 artists participated with 118 offerings. 68 were hung, 
The jurors tried to select one painting from each artist and did their best. Colour is key, too bright can be a problem and size is a factor as well. Hanging the show was crucial. We are confident that this is one of our best.

Visit our virtual exhibition and experience the extraordinary!

 

Oakville moves to modified Step Two of the provincial reopening roadmap

In line with Ontario’s response to a significant rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the province, the Town of Oakville has entered a modified Step Two of the province’s roadmap to reopen effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022. 

A number of measures will be in place to help reduce the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant and its impact on the health care system. The province will remain in this temporary step for at least 21 days (until January 26) while province-wide vaccination efforts continue. 
As a result of the new restrictions, town facilities are closed. Registered recreation and culture programs scheduled to start between January 5 to 26, drop-in activities and indoor rental permits are cancelled. Refunds will be automatically issued to impacted customers. All memberships (including payment plans) will be placed on hold and restarted when programming is able to resume.

Oakville Public Library remains open at 50 per cent capacity, and opportunities for outdoor recreational activities are available throughout the town. Review the news release for details.
Updates to town programs and services as a result of the province’s modified Step Two Roadmap to Reopen will be posted on our COVID-19 Information page and the town’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

More Halton residents eligible for third dose of COVID-19 vaccine 

Starting Saturday, November 6, the following Halton residents are eligible to receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine provided it is at least six months after their second dose:

  • Halton residents 70 years of age and older
  • healthcare workers
  • designated essential caregivers in congregate settings
  • individuals who received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults and their non-Indigenous household members

Eligible individuals can book appointments at a Halton Region Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic through Halton’s online booking system, starting Saturday, November 6, 2021. Learn more>>