Halton Region launches COVID-19 vaccination clinic online booking system for residents 80 and older

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.

Please remember that these clinics are not open to the general public at this time and are for Halton residents that are eligible. There are no walk-in appointments.

For updates on when it will be your turn to get vaccinated, the latest information on vaccine safety and Halton Region’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.

Stay off the ice: Oakville Fire warns residents of unstable ice as temperatures rise

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. 

Stay safe and stay off the ice!

Outdoor winter activities you can safely enjoy this season

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.

For a complete listing of our outdoor winter programs, please visit our There’s Snow Place Like Home page.

Join The Town of Oakville for Family Day on February 15 – virtually!

While you might not be able to spend time with those outside your household, you can still celebrate safely with your virtual Oakville family! Join us at your convenience on Monday, February 15, 2021 for fun activities for all ages and abilities. 

Families can take part in a variety of virtual activities including yoga, cookie bake-off (Grandma’s Gingersnaps versus Chocolate Chip), family story-time, a colouring contest, self-guided StoryWalks with the Oakville Public Library, a home history hunt with the Oakville Museum, and much more! 

Take-and-make yarn butterfly craft kits are available for pick up at Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre until February 13 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please call 905-815-5979, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to pre-book your pick-up time. Masks are required in all facilities.

 All virtual Family Day activities will be posted on our Family Day page. Share your Family Day pics on the town’s TwitterFacebook and Instagram accounts.
Be safe and have fun!

Stay safe when you skate: Outdoor skating in Oakville

With the arrival of colder temperatures, physical activity and mental health remain a priority. The Town of Oakville has many opportunities to skate outdoors while ensuring that current COVID-19 guidelines are followed.

The town maintains 17 outdoor neighbourhood skating rinks for your winter enjoyment (open, weather permitting).

Residents are reminded to stay off all bodies of water, including stormwater management ponds. Once frozen over, a stormwater pond may look safe, but it’s what’s below the surface that makes it dangerous. 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 – it could result in a ticket under our parks by-law. Please obey all posted signs, and exercise caution around ice-covered bodies of water.

Enjoy the outdoors this winter, but stay safe and stay off the ice!