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The City of Oshawa News Archive is a two-year snapshot of the media releases and major announcements that appeared as Top Stories on the City’s homepage. The archives are organized in reverse chronological order and by month. Please note that some of the links may no longer be active. For more information, contact email@example.com.
News Archives for 2014
The City of Oshawa is celebrating its 90th anniversary as a “City” on March 8. Visit the City website, www.oshawa.ca, to learn more about the history of Oshawa and to view weekly historical facts and accompanying archival photos.
On March 8, 1924, with a population of 15,545, Oshawa was elevated from a town to city status:
“By order of the Ontario Railway and Municipal Board, the Town of Oshawa was erected into a City at twelve o'clock noon today, Saturday, Mar. 8th, 1924, becoming the twenty-fifth city of the Province of Ontario with a population of 15,545. It is one of the few cities to attain that status by reason of its requisite population and not by Special Act of Parliament. The event was celebrated by a salute of twenty-five guns fired from the turret of the Armoury. A meeting was held in the Armoury being addressed by the Mayor, members of the Council and the Clergy. Through the afternoon and evening parades were held, followed by a community dance: the real celebration of the event being left until the Old Home Week, August 3rd to 9th, 1924. The Ontario Reformer and the Oshawa Telegram issued historic numbers on this occasion.”
~ Oshawa City Council Dated 8 March 1924
“From the movement of goods, manufacturing, medicine and education, the City of Oshawa has played an integral role in the development of Canada as we know it today,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry. “Oshawa is one of the fastest growing regions in Canada and this City is quickly being recognized by people from around the world as their choice location to live and work. We can be proud of the many successes Oshawa has achieved and we can be confident we will achieve many more.”
Oshawa’s beginnings date back to the early 1700s at the Oshawa Harbour, which was a transfer point for the fur trade. Around the year 1750, the French established a trading post near the mouth of the Oshawa Creek.
In the 1800s, immigration to the area continued as did the need for services; hotel and inn accommodations, stores, churches and mills were built. In 1842, the inhabitants of the area received government permission to establish a post office in the settlement. When choosing a post office name, two visiting Indians suggested the Indian name “Oshawa,” meaning “the point at the crossing of the stream where the canoe was exchanged for the trail.”
In 1850, Oshawa was incorporated as a village with a population of approximately 2,000. In 1879, with a population of just under 4,000, Oshawa’s status was changed from a village to a town.
A key milestone in the growth of Oshawa was the establishment of the Pedlar Metal Roofing Company in 1861. In 1911, the Company reorganized into a joint stock company under the name of the Pedlar People Limited that grew to become the largest of its kind in the British Empire.
Oshawa is historically recognized as a centre for automotive manufacturing excellence and the home of General Motors Canada. In 1876, Robert McLaughlin who had already established a carriage works business, relocated to Oshawa because of the area’s rail and harbour facilities. The McLaughlin’s began producing automobiles in 1907 and formed General Motors of Canada in 1918.
Today, with a population of 157,000, Oshawa is the largest municipality in the Regional Municipality of Durham. Oshawa is a growing and evolving city that is fostering the development of diverse economic sectors and knowledge-based industries. Although still a sector of strength, especially in the field of engineering, automotive is no longer the sole focus in Oshawa. Oshawa’s diversified business platform focuses on five key sectors: advanced manufacturing, health and bioscience, energy generation, multi-modal transportation, and logistics and information technology.
Once again, Oshawa’s Peony Festival has been named one of the 2014 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario (FEO). FEO’s annual Top 100 list recognizes festivals and events that excel within the industry.
“It is no surprise our Peony Festival has once again received recognition as a top event in Ontario, as it is truly amazing,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “I encourage everyone to come to our fabulous gardens on June 14th and 15th and see for themselves, I'm sure they won't be disappointed.”
The 10th annual Peony Festival takes place June 14-15, 2014 in the heart of the beautiful Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens (OVBG) at 155 Arena Street. Hosted by the City, this free event displays 300 types of peonies in the gardens. In addition, hundreds of peony blooms are displayed in Children’s Arena for the annual Canadian Peony Society - Ontario Region’s judged Peony Show. Artisans, live music, gardening advice and photo contest are all part of this remarkable flower festival. For more details about the Peony Festival, visit www.oshawa.ca/peony.
FEO was established in 1987 as the provincial, not-for-profit tourism association devoted to the growth of the festivals and events industry in Ontario. For more information, including the complete listing of 2014 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario, visit www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca.
Oshawa Mayor John Henry delivered on February 20, 2014, the annual “State of the City Address” to the local business community at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre. The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce event – the 22nd Annual Mayor’s Lunch – was presented in conjunction with BMO Bank of Montreal.
The Mayor began his address by highlighting that Oshawa will celebrate on March 8, 2014, its 90th Anniversary as a “City” and by thanking local businesses and business leaders for their valuable contributions to the local economy.
“Oshawa’s strong business community has been integral to the growth and expansion of Oshawa,” said Mayor Henry. “Thanks to the many years of support and investment of our local businesses, Oshawa has matured from its humble automotive beginnings to an emerging leader in key economic sectors and to a world-class city poised for continued growth.”
Mayor Henry highlighted economic development opportunities in each of Oshawa’s existing and emerging economic sectors: Advanced Manufacturing; Health and Bioscience; Energy Generation; Multi-Modal Transportation and Logistics; and Information Technology.
The address focused on Oshawa’s promising prosperous future made possible through the support of local businesses, community partnerships and new investment opportunities.
“I am extremely proud of the progress we have made together this year,” said Mayor Henry. “I look forward to another amazing year and collectively, to our continued success and growth.”
Feb 19 - City of Oshawa approves Oshawa’s First Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan
On February 18, 2014, Oshawa Council approved its first “Culture Counts: Oshawa’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan”. This plan serves as a framework, and identifies key opportunities that the City, and the arts, culture and heritage sector can implement over the next five to ten years to help Oshawa maintain and build upon its cultural vitality.
“Culture Counts: Oshawa’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan”, which began in February 2013, was developed by a community steering committee, an interdepartmental staff team and the consulting firms of AuthentiCity (a division of Millier Dickinson Blais) and Public Interest.
The City of Oshawa received partial funding from the Government of Ontario for the development of the plan.
"As the council member of the steering committee it has been very exciting to see this living document become a reality and how it will be a key role in the future of economic development in the City of Oshawa,” said Councillor England, Council representative on the Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan Steering Committee. “Furthermore, the grassroots efforts of the arts, culture and heritage communities made this plan a reality and deserve a lot of thanks and gratitude from our city.”
Essential to the success of the project was consultation with the community and stakeholder groups. Without this valuable and critical feedback, the Plan would not have been possible. The consultation process included a survey, community launch event and visioning session, three focus groups, workshops, two community soundings and a community forum. In all, over 300 people were involved in the community engagement activities.
“This plan has been a year in the making, but well worth the wait,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “The work done by the community steering committee and interdepartmental team along with the excellent input from residents has allowed the production of an amazing plan that will serve Oshawa for years to come.”
The Plan is organized into six strategic directions as follows.
• Broaden and Evolve the City’s Role in Arts, Culture and Heritage
• Grow Culture-Led Economic Development
• Strengthen Communication within and about the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector
• Build a Strong, Vital and Connected Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector
• Create Vibrant Places and Spaces
• Provide Access and Promote Inclusion in Oshawa’s Cultural Life
The strategic directions, strategies and actions within the Plan will help to increase the organizational capacity of cultural organizations, connect arts and culture stakeholders, strengthen the cultural infrastructure, support the City’s existing work on a public art policy, leverage investment in arts and culture, and connect the creative economy.
Ongoing generation of strategies and actions will be encouraged in support of achieving the individual strategic directions and ultimately the future state vision of arts, culture and heritage in Oshawa.
“Culture Counts” is the brand for Oshawa’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan. The colour of the brand represents vibrancy, creativity and energy. The dots in the logo represent both the need to better connect different components of the arts, culture and heritage sector in the city. The words themselves express the importance of culture to Oshawa’s economic development and quality of life.
For updates on Culture Counts, visit www.oshawa.ca/culturecounts or follow “OshawaCity” on: Twitter and Facebook.
Oshawa Council approved on Friday, February 14, the 2014 operating and capital budgets. The 2014 operating budget provides the funding necessary to deliver efficient and affordable services to the Oshawa community. The 2014 capital budget and 9-year forecast focus on investing in and renewing the City’s core infrastructure and providing the key infrastructure necessary to meet the future needs of the community.
“The 2014 budget addresses both current and future needs of our community by incorporating a nine-year plan of infrastructural requirements within our community,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry. “It provides this Council and future Councils the ability to achieve and maintain fiscal responsibility.”
“Oshawa City Council has transformed the budget process,” said Councillor Nancy Diamond, Chair, Finance Committee. “By developing more realistic criteria, including the most important ‘affordability’, in considering potential projects; by ensuring increasing savings in Reserve Funds; by paying down pre-existing debt; and by including the opportunity for public participation through innovative measures, Council continues to respond to the community’s many financial challenges, while holding to minimal tax increases.”
The 2014 operating budget maintains all base 2013 levels of programs and services, as well as:
• addresses volume growth;
• provides for inflationary increases;
• reflects the approved park, recreation, planning and engineering fee increases;
• contains a provision for contractual labour increases that are subject to negotiation and possible arbitration in 2014; and,
• includes increased contributions to reserves to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the City.
This was the first year that City staff presented a 10-year capital plan. The plan reflects sound asset management planning and focuses on infrastructure renewal and priority capital projects. Highlights from the 2014 capital budget include:
• Design work for Fire Hall #6
• Workforce Management Software – phase 1
• Master Plan for Windfields Community Park
• Oshawa Harbour improvements
• Highway 407 related local road works
• Major road and sidewalk reconstruction
The 2014 City Budget includes a tax levy increase of 1.44 per cent for residential properties, which translates to a property tax increase of $9.94 per $100,000 of assessment. This means that a residential property owner with a property assessed at $290,000 would pay an additional $28.83 per year in property taxes on the City of Oshawa portion of their tax bill.
Property taxes are collected by the City, on behalf of the City of Oshawa, the Region of Durham and the Durham school boards. Together, the total residential property tax bill for Oshawa residents (including the City of Oshawa, Region of Durham and Durham school boards) will increase by approximately 1.19 per cent. This translates to a property tax increase of approximately $59.98 for 2014 on a residential property assessed at $290,000.
As part of the 2014 budget process, the City provided new ways for community members to submit comments and ask questions, including a Facebook Town Hall, Open House events, online feedback form and printed feedback forms/boxes at City Hall, City facilities and Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres branches.Return to top
In celebration of Ontario Heritage Week, Heritage Oshawa will host an event at the Oshawa Centre on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Centre Court area.
As part of Oshawa’s celebration, members of Heritage Oshawa will be on hand to answer questions and display some of Oshawa’s cultural treasures. The theme for 2014 is “Remembering the First World War: Ontario in Transition.” This period was one of rapid transformation and the results resonate through our society to this day. The display will include informative heritage related material, as well as exhibits from community partners.
Additionally, the newly updated Inventory of City of Oshawa Heritage Properties will be available for viewing and purchase.
Ontario Heritage Week takes place each February and is led by the Ontario Heritage Trust. In 2014, Heritage Week will occur from Monday, February 17 to Sunday, February 23.
For more information about Ontario Heritage Week, visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca.
Heritage Oshawa is the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee for the City of Oshawa. The Committee advises and assists Council on matters related to heritage conservation and promotes heritage conservation within Oshawa. For more information on Heritage Oshawa, visit www.heritageoshawa.ca or www.oshawa.ca/tourism/history2.asp.
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Feb 7 - Oshawa recognized with provincial economic development award
The City of Oshawa was recognized by The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) at its Annual Marketing Awards Dinner on Thursday, February 6, 2014 in Toronto.
David Tuley, Oshawa’s Downtown Development Officer, together with Denis O’Connell, Vice-President of CORE21, accepted the award for the development of CORE21 – a project that after many years in the making has materialized into Oshawa’s first entrepreneurial co-working facility located in the heart of Oshawa’s downtown. The project was awarded in the Planning and Building Initiatives – Physical Infrastructure and Redevelopment Initiatives category that recognizes creative forms of improving community competitiveness.
CORE21 was developed through a concept initiated through Oshawa’s Economic Development Services and was realized after working with a private sector investor, Denis O’Connell, to revitalize a vacant commercial space to bring the downtown co-working and entrepreneurial hub concept to life. CORE21 is now fully operating as a versatile and dynamic work environment that is customized for small businesses, entrepreneurs, community groups and the arts community to engage, collaborate and create in Downtown Oshawa.
For many years, Oshawa has been recognized as a supportive community for new businesses and entrepreneurial minds,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee. “CORE21 is a great asset to Downtown Oshawa and opens the door to future growth and development.”
EDCO’s annual marketing awards feature and showcase the best in economic development marketing initiatives within Ontario and applaud the outstanding marketing achievements of community and economic development organizations across the province.
For more information on Economic Development Services, visit www.oshawa.ca/business or follow @InvestOshawa on Twitter. For updates on the City of Oshawa, visit www.oshawa.ca or follow “OshawaCity” on: Twitter and Facebook.Return to top
The monthly Oshawa in the News report contains short summaries and web links to media articles that reference Oshawa’s economic growth, job creation, global reach, innovation and distinctions. The report also includes media coverage of major City initiatives, programs and events.Return to top
The City of Oshawa has officially taken ownership of the former marina lands at the Oshawa Harbour through an “instrument of grant” recently signed by both the City and the federal government. The former marina lands are 8.4 hectares (20.5 acres) in size.
The transfer of the former marina lands to the City was outlined in the July 2010 Oshawa Harbour Settlement Agreement between the City, Crown and the Oshawa Harbour Commission (now transitioned to the Oshawa Port Authority). The federal government completed environmental remediation work on the lands in fall 2013 and offered the lands back to the City; Council recently approved the transfer.
Under the Settlement Agreement, the City has now acquired a total of approximately 19.4 hectares (48 acres) of land located near the Oshawa Harbour. The former marina lands are the last remaining parcel of land to be transferred to the City.
The City earlier acquired approximately 1.8 hectares (4.5 acres) of land located on the north side of Harbour Road in 2010 and 9.3 hectares (23 acres) of land located on the east side of Simcoe Street South, south of Harbour Road to about 140 metres south of the Oshawa Creek, in 2012 from the federal government. The City has undertaken measures to enable portions of these lands to be used for special events at Lakeview Park and plans to open up all of these lands for public uses after further environmental work.
In addition, the City acquired approximately 0.8 hectares (2 acres) of land at 1609 Simcoe Street South from a private owner in December 2012. This site is to be integrated with adjacent City-owned lands and opened up for public uses after further environmental work.
“The City’s objective is to continue the redevelopment of our waterfront as a mixed use, vibrant, people friendly place,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry.
For more information, visit www.oshawa.ca/harbour. For updates on the City of Oshawa, visit www.oshawa.ca or follow “OshawaCity” on: Twitter and Facebook.
The City of Oshawa has published a special edition e-newsletter on the 2014 City Budget. Learn more about the draft budget that was presented to Council, as well as upcoming opportunities to provide your input.Return to top
Posted January 29, 2014
City of Oshawa staff presented the draft 2014 City Budget on January 29 to Council for review. The budget is founded on the goals in the Oshawa Strategic Plan and Council’s guiding principles of financial stewardship.
The draft operating budget provides the funding necessary to deliver efficient and affordable services to the Oshawa community. The draft 2014 capital budget and 9-year forecast focuses on investing in and renewing the City’s core infrastructure and providing the infrastructure necessary to respond to our growing city.
The draft budget submission requires an additional $2.4 million over the 2013 approved budget. The budget submission:
- maintains the base 2013 levels of services;
- addresses volume growth;
- provides for inflationary increases;
- reflects the approved park, recreation, planning and engineering fee increases;
- contains a provision for contractual labour increases that are subject to negotiation and possible arbitration in 2014; and,
- includes increased contributions to reserves to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the City.
Funding for park/trail development and road/sidewalk reconstruction were also highlighted in the budget submission, as well as funding for external agencies (including Oshawa Historical Society, Oshawa Public Libraries, Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres, Parkwood Foundation and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery) and financial support for 21 local community groups through the Partnership and Anchor Grant Program.
This is the first year that a 10-year capital plan has been presented to Council for review. This plan reflects sound asset management planning. Highlights from the 2014 capital budget include:
- Design work for Fire Hall #6
- Workforce Management Software – phase 1
- Master Plan for Windfields Community Park
- Oshawa Harbour improvements
- Highway 407 related local road works
- Major road and sidewalk reconstruction
The 2014 City Budget proposes a tax levy increase of 2.11 per cent. The proposed increase would see residential property taxes increase by $14.57 per $100,000 of assessment, meaning that a residential property owner with a property assessed at $290,000 would pay an additional $42.24 per year in property taxes on the City of Oshawa portion of their tax bill.
Upcoming Council Budget Meeting dates are:
- January 31: Grants, External Agencies and Advisory Committees
- February 7: Operating Budgets
- February 10: To Receive Comments from the Public (requests must be submitted in writing to the City Clerk no later than 1:00 p.m. on February 6)
- February 11: Capital Budget and 9-year Forecast
- February 14: Budget Review and Approval
“I look forward to the budget discussions and delivering residents a budget that makes Oshawa a more liveable city,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry.
“Council’s budgetary process has been significantly updated to be more realistic in determining projects based on clear criteria, including the critical factor of ‘affordability’,” said Councillor Nancy Diamond, Chair, Finance Committee. “We welcome full public participation, with many opportunities for input, including even a Facebook Town Hall meeting with the City Treasurer.”
The City welcomes comments and questions on the draft City Budget and invites Oshawa residents and businesses to:
- Complete a feedback form online (or a printed form available at City recreation facilities and Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres)
- Join the City Budget Facebook Town Hall on February 5, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
- Drop-in to an Open House –
- February 6, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Civic Recreation Complex, Main Lobby
- February 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: South Oshawa Community Centre, Main Lobby
- February 9, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Legends Centre, Main Lobby
For more information on upcoming meetings and opportunities for feedback, and to view the draft 2014 City Budget, visit www.oshawa.ca/budget2014.
For updates on the City of Oshawa, visit www.oshawa.ca or follow “OshawaCity” on: Twitter and Facebook.2014 Draft Budget:/cit_hall/budget.asp
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From February 7 to 13, Hot Roots Soups -- a downtown Oshawa soup festival sponsored by Durham Veg, the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oshawa, will be celebrating Black History Month within a context of healthy living and sustainability. Local restaurants in the downtown area will be incorporating locally grown root vegetables, plus squash and pumpkin, to create Afro-Caribbean inspired soups throughout the duration of the festival. To learn more, visit: www.creativecarrot.ca/hotroots.htm.Return to top
Today, downtown Oshawa is currently home to the greatest number of restaurants the area has ever had. From 38 establishments in 2009 to 58 today, downtown is continuing to grow into a distinct and noticeable foodie district. In the last year alone, new restaurant/café openings included Felicio’s Cake Boutique, Berry Hill Food Co., Spicy Affairs, Maharaja Indian Cuisine, Smoke’s Poutinerie and Tutto Market Café.
The Emerging Foodies – a new downtown dining guide features local business owners, a categorized directory and map. View the guide online or visit oshawa.ca/business.To request a printed copy, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The City of Oshawa has initiated an Integrated Transportation Master Plan (ITMP) study to define a city-wide transportation vision and address future growth and transportation challenges.
This inaugural study will integrate elements of land use planning, policy and stakeholder participation to prepare a master plan for transportation across the city, in both urban and rural areas. Once complete, the ITMP will identify and evaluate alternative multi-modal transportation network solutions and recommend a preferred transportation network and a long-term implementation strategy.
Two Public Information Centres are planned in 2014 to gather feedback on key transportation issues and concerns. The first PIC will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Leisure room of Legends Centre at 1661 Harmony Road North in Oshawa. A Presentation will be made at 7:00 pm providing an overview of existing conditions and an initial analysis.
Upon completion of the study later this year, the ITMP Report will be made available for public review and input. For more information visit the website attached.
Jan 14 - City of Oshawa asks for financial assistance to help offset the costs of the ice storm
The total cost of the recent ice storm for the City of Oshawa is expected to reach over $2 million. Half of the total cost was incurred during the immediate response to the ice storm, representing more than 20 per cent of the City’s annual budget for winter maintenance and forestry services.
“Costs to the City of Oshawa are expected to double to more than $2 million as we complete the cleanup and replace much of our tree canopy that was lost in the ice storm,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry.
Furthermore, Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation (OPUC) estimate its storm related costs at approximately $500,000. Approximately 25,000 homes and businesses were without power at the height of the storm, and the City and OPUC worked quickly and efficiently to restore power.
The City was one of the first Ontario municipalities to activate its Emergency Operations Centre on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. and quickly began to address the City’s immediate issues, including returning power to residents, clearing main arterial roads, and establishing warming centres for residents and their pets who would be without power for an extended time.
“The City incurred significant overtime costs for staff directly involved in attending to the storm’s impact, opening warming centres and operating our call centre,” said Mayor Henry. “We also incurred additional contractual service costs for snow clearing and forestry related work and increased refuse collection costs, as well as lost revenue from facilities that had to be closed the first day of the storm.”
The City sent letters on January 7, 2014 to the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, and the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, requesting financial assistance from the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada to help offset the extraordinary costs the City incurred in responding to and cleaning up from the storm.
“Significant work is still required to prune trees and clean up fallen trees and limbs on rights of ways, at City facilities, parks, trails, public cemeteries, open spaces, creek beds and valley lands,” added Mayor Henry. “The damage to the City’s tree canopy is significant and work will go on for years to replace all that was lost.”
For updates on the City of Oshawa, visit www.oshawa.ca or follow “OshawaCity” on Twitter and Facebook.
Jan 10 - City of Oshawa achieves eight new building records
It was an amazing 2013 for the City of Oshawa with eight new building records set in one year, including highest year on record for Residential Construction value at $287 million.
1. January – Highest January Residential on record ($27 million)
2. January – Highest January Total Permits on record (141 permits)
3. February – Highest February Residential on record ($18 million)
4. June – Highest Residential in any one month on record ($57.6 million)
5. June – Highest June Total Construction value on record ($60 million)
6. September – Highest September Commercial on record ($17 million)
7. December – Highest December Residential on record ($19.5 million)
8. 2013 – Highest Year for Residential on record ($287 million)
In 2013, the City of Oshawa issued 1,304 building permits with a total value of $369,158,000 (comprising of $286,945,000 in Residential, $41,433,000 in Commercial, $32,201,000 in Governmental/Institutional and $8,579,000 in Industrial value).
There were 1,020 new residential units created consisting of 391 single dwellings, 570 apartment units, 26 townhouses, 21 duplexes, 10 semis and 2 converted dwellings.
Some of the major projects issued in 2013 included:
- Benson St. Group Limited – two 4-storey retirement apartment buildings at 1335 Benson St. ($38 million)
- Student Housing Canada – 118-unit student apartment building at 1569 Simcoe St. N. ($24 million)
- Durham District School Board – new school at 610 Taylor Ave. ($11 million)
- Ritson Division Retail Group Ltd. – commercial plaza at 200 Ritson Rd. N.
- Trustees of Congregation of King St. – place of worship addition at 611 King St. W. ($5 million)
“The strong building activity shows confidence in the City by the investment/ development industry,” says Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee. “The 2013 activity provided the community with new educational facilities, new opportunities for local jobs, wider housing choices and new local shopping and services.”
“2014 also promises to be strong for Oshawa’s growth and development,” says Mike Leonard, Oshawa’s Chief Building Official. “We received applications in the first two days of January for the Oshawa Centre expansion valued at $230 million and a 16-storey apartment building valued at $30 million.”
In 2013, Oshawa’s Building staff received the ‘Yaman Uzumeri – International Award of Excellence’ from the Ontario Building Officials Association for providing the public with the highest level of service and promoting the importance of the Building Official’s role. This award was presented at the December 16 Council Meeting.Return to top
The monthly Oshawa in the News report for December 2013 is a high-level media scan comprised of short summaries and web links to media articles that reference Oshawa’s economic growth, job creation, global reach, innovation and distinctions. The report also includes media coverage of major City initiatives, programs and events.Return to top