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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 communications@oshawa.ca.

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News Archives for 2015


March 2015


Mar 3 - Oshawa releases capital works program for 2015

The City of Oshawa has released its capital works program identifying major road works, engineering projects and other infrastructure priorities for 2015.

During the construction season, over 10 major projects will be initiated or completed this year, ranging from road rehabilitation and sidewalk construction to watercourse improvements, storm sewer upgrades, bridge rehabilitation and cycling improvements.

As part of the annual pavement preservation program, approximately 80 kilometres of City roads will receive preventative work, including 7 kilometres of paving and resurfacing, 75 kilometres of sealing road cracks, and maintenance of curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

Some of the other major infrastructure projects include:

  • completing the City’s first modern roundabout at the intersection of Thornton Road North and Conlin Road West to help accommodate increased vehicle traffic when the Highway 407 East Extension is complete;
  • completing the $8-million Conlin Road West project that includes widening Conlin Road West from Founders Drive to Stevenson Road, constructing a new bridge, realignment of the Oshawa Creek and adding cycling lanes;
  • replacing four pedestrian bridges, including one that completes the 7-kilometre Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path; and,
  • watercourse improvements along Goodman Creek and Harmony Creek.

“The growth in Oshawa has simply been amazing, and these 2015 capital projects to our new and existing infrastructure ensure our residents have the services they require,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee. “Early Council approval of these projects has enabled the City to get the best prices possible through our tender process.”

Another initiative this year is the expansion of the Watercourse Monitoring Program. A partnership between the City, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Central Lake Ontario Conservation, the program monitors and assesses water conditions in the Oshawa Creek and Harmony Creek and helps to support Oshawa’s commitment as a “Great Lakes Community.”

To learn more about upcoming capital works and infrastructure projects, visit www.oshawa.ca/infrastructurerenewal. To stay up-to-date on potential service disruptions, bookmark the Public Notices and Road Updates sections on the City website or follow “OshawaCity” on Twitter or Facebook.

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February 2015


Feb 26 - TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay Celebration Announced for Oshawa

TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay route detailed on map of Ontario.The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice® and OLG, is coming to Oshawa on June 5, 2015.

Residents can now learn about the torch relay celebrations taking place in Oshawa and mark that special date in their calendar.  We’re inviting the community to celebrate the Pan Am flame when it visits the Civic Recreation Complex and City Hall here in Oshawa.

“Oshawa is excited to host the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.  We look forward to sharing the Pan Am spirit and showcasing our great community,” said Mayor John Henry.  “Welcoming the Pan Am flame to Oshawa is a special opportunity to show our community pride!”

A detailed map is now available online highlighting Oshawa, with the date and location for the community celebrations.

The torch relay begins its 41-day journey when the Pan Am flame is lit during a traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico before landing in Canada on May 30, 2015.  From Toronto, the flame heads to Thunder Bay on May 31st where it will visit the Terry Fox Monument before arriving in Nipigon, the most northern town on the Ontario leg of the journey. The smallest towns through which the torch will pass are Bruce Mines, population 566 and White River, population 607.

“The Games are all about bringing people together, and the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay will unite Ontarians, Canadians and communities. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to experience the emotion, excitement and significance of the Pan Am flame,” said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015).

Three-thousand torchbearers will carry the flame through communities across Ontario as well as Richmond, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal and Halifax.  The torch will see more than 60 modes of transportation while touring through Canada exceeding 5,000kms on the road and 15,000kms by air. The torch relay will finish in Toronto on July 10, 2015 to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, which signifies the start of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games.

As it makes its way to the Opening Ceremony of the Pan Am Games, the torch will visit six Canadian Forces Bases, a national and provincial park as well as five First Nations communities including the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations, the official Host First Nations of the Games. The Pan Am torch will also visit five national historic sites including Fort Henry in Kingston and the Halifax Citadel.

On July first, the torch will take part in Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill in our nation’s capital, Ottawa - a chance to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit during Canada's biggest birthday party.  

TO2015 is proud to bring the relay to Canadian communities with the help of presenting partners President’s Choice® and OLG, community partner CIBC and signature supporters Ontario Trillium Foundation, Porter Airlines and Star Media Group and Metroland Media to ensure it is a memorable experience for everyone involved.

Specific timing for Oshawa celebrations will be confirmed beginning in May. Street-level route will also be confirmed in May.

In addition, a separate TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Torch Relay will take place prior to the start of the Games on August 7, 2015. Details on the route and torchbearer application process will be released in April 2015.

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Feb 26 - City donates trees to enhance McLaughlin Bay

Trees collected from the City of Oshawa’s Christmas tree collection program this past January will enhance the fish habitats in McLaughlin Bay. The City of Oshawa worked with Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Central Lake Ontario Conservation to supply Christmas trees to create artificial habitats for fish instead of composting the trees into soil.

Built into a cube with logs and trees placed in the middle, these artificial habitats known as fish cribs provide protection, food and shade for young fish and are hotspots for breeding and spawning. Additionally, the tree branches and roots improve the water quality by providing nutrients to the water to help aquatic plants grow. The completed fish cribs can be seen on the west side of the McLaughlin Bay and will sink in the spring to provide fish habitat and cover.

“This partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is an amazing way for us to continue the Christmas spirit by giving back to our environment,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee.

The structures were constructed by staff from Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Central Lake Ontario Conservation with help from volunteers from General Motors and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

The City of Oshawa Christmas tree collection occurs every January. To learn more about the program visit www.oshawa.ca/waste.

For updates on the City of Oshawa, visit www.oshawa.ca or follow “OshawaCity” on: Twitter and Facebook.

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Feb 20 - Oshawa recognized with provincial economic development awards

The City of Oshawa was recognized by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) at its annual Marketing Awards Dinner. This year, one hundred and twenty-nine submissions were judged for projects in communities across the province and two of Oshawa’s initiatives were recognized.

In the Publications category, Oshawa received an award for the Emerging Foodies guide, a unique guide to the food scene in downtown Oshawa. Oshawa also received an award in the Strategic Plans category for Culture Counts – Oshawa’s Arts, Culture and Heritage plan. The Plan provides a framework and vision to help Oshawa continue to build a creative, vibrant and sustainable community that engages and inspires residents.

“While development activity in Oshawa has and continues to break records we also support the revitalization of our downtown with such things as our “Emerging Foodies” guide,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee. “I am pleased that this unique guide has been honoured with an EDCO Publication award and encourage people to make good use of it when visiting our downtown.”

“Our Arts, Culture and Heritage plan – “Culture Counts” has been well received and thanks goes to the staff and community members who came together to develop this plan,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “The fact that “Culture Counts” has been recognized with an EDCO Strategic Plan award is simply amazing.”   

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.

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Feb 20 - Oshawa Mayor delivers State of the City address to local business community

Oshawa Mayor John Henry delivered his State of the City Address to the local business community at the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mayor’s Lunch on February 18.

To a packed conference room at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre, Mayor Henry thanked the Chamber and its businesses for their valuable contributions to the local economy.

“The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce plays an integral role in our community,” said Oshawa Mayor Henry. “To our business leaders, thank you for your commitment to our community and confidence and investment in Oshawa.”

The State of the City address opened with the Mayor speaking to key challenges, including: high electricity prices in Ontario, which is affecting the manufacturing industry and places a strain on small businesses; the need for provincial funding to assist with Highway 407 East Extension related road works; and ensuring the future of the automotive sector in Oshawa to protect jobs, spin-off industries and our post-secondary partners.

The Mayor stressed that cooperation and partnerships between all levels of government and stakeholders is essential to finding solutions to these challenges.

Mayor Henry shared good news stories from municipalities across the Region. Oshawa’s highlights included:

  • more than half a billion dollars’ worth of building permits issued in 2014 and six new building records, including highest year ever on record;
  • 35 new business openings in Oshawa last year;
  • recognition from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business for fostering entrepreneurship, with Oshawa ranking 6th in Ontario for entrepreneurial policy;
  • Oshawa ranked 7th most affordable in a BMA Municipal Study comparing average property taxes across 26 municipalities;
  • Oshawa reported the greatest increase in average household net worth in all of Canada, according to Environics;
  • Oshawa ranked a Top 10 community in Canada for new residents; and,
  • the City’s Director of Economic Development Services, Cindy Symons-Milroy, recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2015.

Mayor Henry also spoke to initiatives for the year ahead that will guide Oshawa’s growth as a diverse and innovative city for business, research and education, including: supporting existing and new businesses; fostering innovation, new business start-ups and creativity; and taking advantage of new growth opportunities in key sectors.

“I am looking forward to the year ahead and the many exciting new developments, initiatives and collaborations that are planned and underway for our local economy,” said Mayor Henry. “Cooperation and partnerships between all levels of government, within our community, and among everyone here today is crucial in the years ahead and to our continued success.”

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Feb 19 - Registration for Spring Summer Programs is now open!

Are you ready to get active? The new activeOshawa Spring and Summer Leisure Guide is now available. There is something for everyone - swimming, skating, dance, art, music, fitness, sports and camps. Oshawa residents are now able to register either online, by drop-off, fax or stop by one of our designated in-person locations. Non-Resident registration begins on Wednesday, March 4.

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Feb 19 - Council-approved 2015 operating and capital budgets are now available online

The City of Oshawa’s Council-approved 2015 operating and capital budgets are now available online. The 2015 City Budget invests in key strategic priorities to strengthen the future of the City while also balancing affordability with the delivery of quality services.

The operating budget provides funding to deliver efficient and affordable services to the Oshawa community such as snow removal, road maintenance, and fire prevention and response.

The capital budget represents an investment of more than $28 million in core infrastructure to support continued growth. This includes building renewal, parks and trails, and road/sidewalk reconstruction, as well as investing in key strategic priorities including completion of the Consolidated Operations Depot project, Highway 407 related local road works and Fire Hall No. 6.

The 2015 City Budget also includes 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 18 local community groups.

Budget highlights:

  • meets the public service and infrastructure needs of residents
  • balances competing priorities and challenges
  • continues to provide high quality services while keeping taxes as affordable as possible
  • provides for inflationary increases
  • includes increased contributions to capital reserves to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the City

“The 2015 budget includes input from Council, City staff, and our community. It reinforces this Council’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and demonstrates that our city is on course to provide the services, programs and infrastructure needed to support our quality of life, while strengthening businesses and attracting investment,” said Mayor Henry.

“City Council continues its commitment to control taxes while retaining high service standards within the community,” said Councillor Nancy Diamond, Chair, Finance Committee. “The strategic combination of extensive opportunities -- for public input; ensuring affordability as a critical measure; investigation of funding options; long term planning; and commitment from Finance Committee members, Council and staff -- has delivered an effective budget for 2015 and a solid base upon which to develop future budgets.”

The 2015 City Budget includes a tax levy increase of 1.82 per cent for residential properties, which translates to a property tax increase of $12.43 per $100,000 of assessment. This means that a residential property owner with a property assessed at $290,000 would pay an additional $36.03 per year in property taxes on the City of Oshawa portion of their tax bill.

For more information, and to view the 2015 City Budget online, visit www.oshawa.ca/2015budget.

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Feb 19 - City of Oshawa receives funding offer from Ontario’s Ice Storm Assistance Program

Oshawa to recoup December 2013 ice storm costs

The City of Oshawa is pleased to report that the Province of Ontario has offered an interim installment of $571,619 from Ontario’s Ice Storm Assistance Program. The Ontario government is offering interim funding to municipalities while it continues to review all claims received. Oshawa’s interim installment represents 35 per cent of the City’s total requested amount and will be applied to the City’s winter maintenance reserves. The City has requested $1.6 million in funding.

“We appreciate the Province recognizing the significant financial impact of the ‘2013 Ice Storm’ by providing assistance. We welcome the first installment and look forward to receiving the additional installments,” said Mayor Henry. “We are very proud of the accomplishments of our staff, as well as their dedication to our community during and after the ice storm.”

Oshawa was one of the first Ontario municipalities to activate its Emergency Operations Centre on Sunday, December 22, 2013. City staff, the Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation, and other Regional departments quickly worked together to address the City’s immediate issues. This included 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. This was the worst winter storm and physical damage the city has faced in many decades.

Province of Ontario Ice Storm Assistance Program Quick Facts

  • The province announced in February 2014 that it would pay 100 per cent of eligible disaster response and recovery costs to municipalities and conservation authorities severely affected by the December 2013 ice storm.
  • The Ice Storm Assistance Program is a one-time disaster relief program for the December 2013 ice storm. It focuses on costs related to the immediate emergency response, such as setting up warming centres, and the subsequent cleanup of debris necessary to protect public safety.
  • Ontario will be reimbursed by the federal government for a portion of the eligible response and recovery costs under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements.
  • The ice storm caused widespread damage and blackouts across southern, western and eastern Ontario. At the peak of the storm, over 800,000 hydro customers were without power.

Background Information

Additional Resources

For additional updates on the City of Oshawa, visit the City website or follow “OshawaCity” on Twitter and Facebook.

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Feb 13 - Mayor Henry talks winter snow clearing operations on The Weather Network

Oshawa Mayor John Henry and the City of Oshawa are being featured on The Weather Network for the City’s practices in winter maintenance.

Two news segments aired on February 12:

  • How the City of Oshawa budgets for snow plowing and sidewalk clearing - watch the video
  • How the City uses road temperature technology to assist with informed and timely winter road maintenance - watch the video

The Weather Network will visit the City’s Ritson Depot once again on February 17 to report on:

  • How a City snow plow operates
  • A look inside the City’s brine storage facility

 

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Feb 13 - D.R.P.S.: Prepare For The Deep Freeze This Holiday Weekend

The Durham Regional Police Service reminds residents to take precautions for the cold this Family Day Weekend and offers some tips. Read the article.

 

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Feb 12 - 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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Feb 10 - Celebrate the Flag - Join in the Celebrations!

The 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada will be celebrated on Sunday, February 15. It marks the day in 1965 when the red and white maple leaf flag was first raised over Parliament Hill in Ottawa as well as throughout Canada.

“The Canadian Flag symbolizes our pride and patriotism for a country full of promise. It is recognized and admired worldwide as a symbol for a country made of peace, harmony and democracy,” said Mayor John Henry.

Take part in the National Flag Day celebrations by learning more about how our flag was created and its meaning. Another fun way to celebrate the anniversary is to participate in the “Share your Moment with the Flag” challenge by sharing a picture or video of you and the flag with the hashtag #flag50 on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

For more information on National Flag of Canada Day, visit the Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage webpage.

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Feb 10 - Marketing Intelligence: Special Events Planned for Downtown Oshawa

Business leaders are invited to a free Lectures20 event on February 20 at CORE21. A panel of speakers will present “Special Events Planned for Downtown Oshawa in 2015.”

Knowing the character, demographic and dates of these events should lead a business’ seasonal marketing campaign. Attendees will also hear from Durham Region Tourism on how to cross promote your business effectively.

To register and for more information: http://lectures20.eventbrite.com

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Feb 4 - Oshawa in the News: January 2015 media summary report

The City of Oshawa's January 2015 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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January 2015


Jan 28 - City of Oshawa launches bids.oshawa.ca

The City of Oshawa has launched bids.oshawa.ca, a new bid opportunities web portal for vendors and contractors. The new web portal provides vendors with easy, online access to view City of Oshawa bid and tender opportunities.

Each year, the City issues a wide range of bid opportunities for various goods and services, from construction services to building supplies to computer software and equipment. In 2014, the City issued approximately 100 formal bid opportunities.

All bids are available free of charge at bids.oshawa.ca. Registered vendors can subscribe to receive email notifications of opportunities that are relevant to their selected categories of goods and/or services.

Highlights of the self-service features for vendors and contractors are:

  • Easy, online access to view bid opportunities
  • Vendors can register for an account to be notified by email of opportunities that are relevant to their commodity choices.
  • Vendors can register additional company contacts to receive email notifications.
  • After registering for a bid, vendors can easily download all relevant documents (e.g. drawings) and will be notified by email of any addenda or changes to the bid.

“We are making it easier to do business with the City of Oshawa,” said Councillor Nancy Diamond, Chair of the Finance Committee. “In such a highly competitive economy, businesses will receive notification of bid opportunities and have full access to potential contracts. At the same time, the City will benefit from a broader range of suppliers. In the ‘soft launch’ this week, over 1,000 suppliers have already taken advantage of registration.”

In addition, the new system provides a more efficient method to manage the City’s vendor database, including maintaining an inventory of emergency vendors that could provide services or products in the event of an emergency.

To access the new web portal and view current bid opportunities, visit bids.oshawa.ca. For more information, contact Purchasing Services at 905-436-5637, by email at purchasing@oshawa.ca or in-person at City Hall, 7th Floor (50 Centre Street South) during regular business hours, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The new web portal, bids.oshawa.ca, is part of the City’s website redesign project. Underway since fall 2014, the new website will launch in spring 2015.

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Jan 27 - Oshawa appoints new Commissioner of Development Services

The Corporation of the City of Oshawa is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Paul Ralph as the new Commissioner of Development Services, effective February 2, 2015. This appointment follows the retirement of Mr. Thomas Hodgins at the end of January.

In 1986, Mr. Ralph began his tenure at the City of Oshawa as a Planner A and went on to various positions such as Planner B, Senior Planner, Principal Planner and Manager, Development & Urban Design. In May 2008, Mr. Ralph was promoted to Director, Planning Services.

“On behalf of members of Council, I would like to congratulate Mr. Ralph on his appointment to Commissioner,” said Councillor John Aker, Chair of Development Services. “Mr. Ralph has an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit our city as we continue to grow and prosper”.

Some of the Development Services Department strategic priorities include such matters as:

  1. Implementation of the Plan 20/Twenty for Downtown Oshawa
  2. Advance major development applications including new residential subdivision applications in the Kedron Part 2 Planning Area
  3. Complete a new Airport Business Plan
  4. Finalize the City’s first Integrated Transportation Master Plan
  5. Finalize a Windfields Farm Legacy Program
  6. Deliver a major capital program including, road, sidewalk, bridge and watercourse improvements.

“The Corporation will be relying on Mr. Ralph to use his vast expertise and experience, to lead the Development Services Department, and help the City achieve its strategic goals while championing our corporate values of authenticity, courage and trust,” said Ms. Beverly Hendry, Interim City Manager.  

Mr. Ralph will oversee five branches: Administration and Accessibility Services, Building Permit and Inspection Services, Economic Development Services, Engineering Services and Planning Services. In addition, the Oshawa Municipal Airport is managed through this department.

Mr. Ralph holds an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree with a major in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo. He is a registered Professional Planner and a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners.

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Jan 26 - Oshawa Council approves 2015 operating and capital budgets

On Friday, January 23, 2015, Oshawa Council approved the 2015 operating and capital budgets. The 2015 City Budget invests in key strategic priorities to strengthen the future of the City while also balancing affordability with the delivery of quality services.

The operating budget provides funding to deliver efficient and affordable services to the Oshawa community such as snow removal, road maintenance, and fire prevention and response.

The capital budget represents an investment of more than $28 million in core infrastructure to support continued growth.

The 2015 City Budget also includes 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 18 local community groups.

For more information on the budget process, visit www.oshawa.ca/2015budget.

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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 www.toronto2015.org/venue/oshawa-sports-centre or www.oshawa.ca/panam.

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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 http://consultantconnect.org/category/econdev-podcast/. 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 www.oshawa.ca/business or follow @InvestOshawa on Twitter.

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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 www.oshawa.ca/permits.

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