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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

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2015 | 2014

News Archives for 2015

January 2015

Jan 23 - Attend the Pan Am Games Information Session on Wednesday, January 28

TORONTO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Oshawa Information Session
Residents and businesses invited to the January 28, drop-in evening session

TORONTO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee representatives, Games partners, together with the City of Oshawa, invite residents and businesses to a TORONTO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Information Session on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

The drop-in information session will take place between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the City of Oshawa’s Civic Recreation Complex (Meeting Rooms 4 & 5).

Experts from TO2015, Ministry of Transportation, Integrated Security Unit and City of Oshawa will give a presentation and will be available at various display tables to answer questions about the Games in Oshawa.

In summer 2015, Ontario will host the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games between July 10 and August 15, 2015.  The Oshawa Sports Centre (General Motors Centre) will serve as the venue for boxing and weightlifting events.

“The City of Oshawa is proud to host boxing and weightlifting competitions during the TORONTO2015 Games,” said Oshawa Mayor John Henry. “The Oshawa Sports Centre (General Motors Centre) is the choice venue for the 245 athletes; it will provide a spectacular view for up to 3,000 spectators per session.”

For more information about the Games in Oshawa, visit or

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Jan 22 - Oshawa’s own chosen as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers

Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, recently announced North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2015. The City of Oshawa is proud to announce that Cindy Symons-Milroy, Director of Economic Development Services was included in this prestigious list.  

“I have the privilege of working with a great team in our Economic Development branch and together, we continually reach out to the site selection community in order to make Oshawa top of mind and build those critical relationships that help drive investment decisions,” said Cindy Symons-Milroy.

The economic developers selected for the list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.

“The list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers was developed as a way to acknowledge the work of these 50 economic development leaders and elevate the conversation around best practices in the industry,” said Ron Kitchens, managing partner of Consultant Connect. “Each leader named is absolutely deserving of this recognition for the work they do every day to build their communities. The insights they share on the podcast are invaluable and worth every minute of your time to listen in.”

“On behalf of the Development Services Committee and Oshawa City Council, I congratulate Ms. Symons-Milroy on receiving this recognition,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee. “Oshawa has seen a great deal of growth over the past four years with 2014 having almost an equal balance between residential and commercial/industrial growth. I’m sure the focus of Ms. Symons-Milroy and her staff will ensure continued economic activity in our city.”

Along with the honour of being recognized as one of the top performing economic developers, Ms. Symons-Milroy will be featured on the podcast, From The Ground Up: North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. Ms. Symons-Milroy will share insights gained from her experience in the field of economic development, what makes Oshawa unique and her perspective on the most important industry and leadership trends of the future.

For more information about North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers or to subscribe to the weekly podcast, visit The podcast series is also available via iTunes by searching “From The Ground Up: North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers.”

For more information on Economic Development Services, visit or follow @InvestOshawa on Twitter.

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Jan 13 - 2015 City Budget Process

City of Oshawa staff presented the City's draft 2015 Operating Budget to Council on January 14, 2015.

As part of the budget process, upcoming Council meetings include:

Residents are encouraged to attend the Budget meetings in person, or watch online via

For more information, visit the Budget 2015 webpage.

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Jan 9 - Emergency Shelter Information - During Cold Weather Period

Looking for/interested in information about emergency shelters? Visit the Region of Durham's Emergency Shelter webpage for details.


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Jan 8 - Oshawa in the News: December media summary report

The City of Oshawa's December 2014 Media Summary Report is now available!

The report summarizes news coverage of City programs and events, as well as great news about Oshawa.

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Jan 5 - Oshawa issues over half a billion in building permits in 2014

For the first time in its history, the City of Oshawa has surpassed half a billion in construction value. Oshawa continues its record-setting trend with six new building records in 2014:

  1. February    – Highest February residential ($26.7 million)
  2. March        – Highest commercial value in one month ($153 million)
  3. August       – Highest August on record ($68.5 million)
  4. December  – Highest December on record ($43.8 million)
  5. Highest year-end commercial value ($182.8 million)
  6. Highest year on record ($507 million)

Total construction value in 2014 was more than $60 million over the record set in 2007, which was $446 million. Also in 2014, the City of Oshawa issued 1,400 building permits with a total value of $506,845,400 (comprising of $265,604,200 in residential, $182,844,100 in commercial, $30,063,600 in governmental/institutional and $28,333,500 in industrial value).

In addition, there were 805 new residential units created in Oshawa consisting of 434 single dwellings, 210 apartment units, 150 townhouses, 2 duplexes, 2 semis and 7 accessory dwellings.

Some of the major 2014 projects included:

  • Oshawa Centre Holdings Inc. – Shopping Centre addition at 419 King St. W. ($130 million)
  • 255 Simcoe St. Holdings – Seniors’ apartment at 30 Adelaide Ave. E. ($20 million)
  • Chayell Hotels – Hotel & Conference Centre at 67 Simcoe St. N. ($20 million)
  • Metal Traders Inc. – Industrial warehouse at 953 Farewell St. ($11.7 million)
  • City of Oshawa – Consolidated Operations Depot at 199 Wentworth St. E. ($8.4 million)
  • Durham Catholic District School Board – Elementary school at 1425 Coldstream Dr. ($7.2 million)

“Oshawa has had an amazing year of construction with growth well balanced between residential and commercial/industrial. These statistics emphasize the fact that our City is an excellent place to live, learn, work and play,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee. “During the next four years, there will be positive announcements for the City of Oshawa to ensure our continued growth. The Development Services Committee and staff are committed to Oshawa’s growth through good planning.”

“2015 also promises to be strong for Oshawa’s growth and development,” says Mike Leonard, Oshawa’s Chief Building Official.  “We have 450 permit applications from last year that will be reviewed and issued in 2015.”

Oshawa has kept monthly building records since 1975, while yearly records date back to 1963. For more information on Building Permits & Inspection Services, visit

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