Office of the Mayor and Council Update
Tuesday June 2 COVID-19 emergency
Last week Town Council unanimously passed the Commercial Recovery Initiative, one aspect of which is the new patio program, launched in partnership with my Oakville Economic Task Force,

This program will support the town-wide reopening of restaurants in a practical and safe manner by converting available outdoor space to allow customers to shop to dine while following proper physical distancing. Our hope is that it will restore confidence with in-person dining when the provincial orders allows restaurants to restore full service.

As an added help to recovery for our restaurants, the application fees related to processing permits have been waived for 2020.

Applications are available online now and town staff are available to begin the intake and consultation process for patios and bistros on municipal sidewalks and roadways.   While town permits will be issued, applicants must comply with provincial directives and regulations.

Take a look at how far we've come in the pandemic and a look ahead as we navigate through recovery by scrolling to the end of this email for an updated timeline.

Items in this update:

  • COVID case counts
  • COVID-19 deaths per million
  • Hospitals fail to flag 700 positive tests
  • Migrant workers test positive for COVID-19
  • Town of Oakville news
  • Virtual coyote and wildlife meetings
  • Lyons Valley Park remains closed
  • Community cleanup success
  • Oakville Community Foundation update
  • Oakville Hospital Foundation donation
  • Provincial Government announcements
  • New management appointed at Kitchener long-term care home
  • Ontario helps manufacturers ramp up production of personal protective equipment
  • Patient ombudsman launches investigation
  • Federal Government announcements
  • Canada orders syringes for entire population
  • Canada Revenue Agency opens up snitch line
  • Trump mobilizes military, threatens to use troops to quell protests
  • Tokyo cases spike
  • In other COVID-related news
  • B.C. bans commercial landlords who forgo federal rent relief from evicting tenants
  • COVID-19 in Toronto 'could have been much worse,' city says, as number of deaths top 800
  • Ottawa to become 1st Canadian city to make masks 'mandatory' on transit
  • Testing for COVID-19: Your questions answered
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COVID case counts
Total confirmed cases in Halton increased by 4 from 645 to 649 (with 0 pending confirmed cases) with 4 new confirmed case in Oakville, from 213 to 217.
There were 6 reported recoveries in Oakville, from 199 to 205 and 17 recoveries in Halton Region from 591 to 608

That leaves 9 active cases in Oakville.
As of 11 a.m. Ontario’s regional health units are reporting a total of 30,132 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,338 deaths.

As of 8 a.m. Canada had 91,705 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases, with 49,739 of those listed by provinces as recovered or resolved. 
Visit for the U of T COVID-19 data aggregation map
COVID-19 deaths per million
Some 700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Toronto area were not flagged to public health officials because of a mixup between two hospitals, CBC News has learned.

At least 164 migrant workers at one Ontario farm have tested positive for COVID-19
It’s asparagus harvest season, but some of the fields in Norfolk County, Ontario, are all but empty following an outbreak of COVID-19 that has spread to 164 migrant workers from Mexico, temporarily halting production.

Town of Oakville news
Virtual coyote and wildlife public meetings
We have two virtual Coyote and Wildlife public meetings planned this month to help the community be “coyote wise”, to learn how to successfully live in co-existence with wildlife and coyotes in an urban environment. The virtual meetings will be held on June 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and June 25,   6:30-8:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to participate can email   to indicate their preferred meeting date. Participants will receive a follow-up email from staff closer to the date with details about how to participate. We are sharing information with the community through our communications channels. Please feel free to share with your constituents who may be interested.

Lyons Valley Park remains closed
Lyons Valley Park is closed due to significant washout on the pathways as well as to the playground surfacing material. Work on restoration is expected to begin next week and once completed the park will reopen.
Community cleanup success
Pictured here are a group of Oakville volunteers working hard to make our community beautiful.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the community cleanup so far!
Oakville Community Foundation update
To date the Oakville Community Foundation, and with the support of Foundation Fundholders and private foundations, along with individual community members has been able to distribute $628,000 charities locally. The Foundation is now looking to the needs of the next phase – the recovery and rebuilding phase – to continue to distribute funds to those agencies.

Recently, We Love Oakville launched a call to support OCF through their Resident Associations. In just a couple of weeks, the group has raised almost $3,000 for OCF.

In the meantime, OCF continues to dialogue with the Region COVID Action table partners and build upon knowledge of the sector needs to determine the next step in funding allocation, including funds raised by We Love Oakville. 

The needs will be great - and different than what we've seen before. For example, those who are home are not necessarily safe. Hidden issues of domestic violence are being noted, and shelters are in short supply so organizations are having to find alternative options, which come at a cost. Similarly, youth-in-risk (1 in 8 youth in Oakville live below the poverty line) and those who are supported by the children's aid society, are in need of increased resources, mentoring and support, which is putting an increased burden on the service providers.  

What the OCF has learned as the emergency continues is the need for protecting our vulnerable populations, seniors, those with language barriers, as well we need to improve systems approaches such as food delivery. And that's just the start. So support from We Love Oakville now and in the future, is incredibly important. With leadership like WLO and engaging the residents locally to know more about the ways to support the community, as well as trusting The Foundation as a steward and guide for these donations, is also incredibly important.  

Further, OCF has received $502,500 from the federal Emergency Community Support Funds to support vulnerable populations in our community. The online application portal opened last week and the foundation is committed to reviewing applications quickly so applicants will hear back within two weeks.

OCF fundraising and trail building plans are on hold, with the expectation that the program won’t move forward until next year at the earliest.

Oakville Hospital Foundation donation
Inspired to support the tireless work of health care and community organizations in the battle against COVID-19, Argo Developments has made a $100,000 donation to the Oakville Hospital Foundation.

The development company came together with partners in each active community to donate to the major hospitals in Halton and Peel Regions, and to various food banks in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon.   

 This particular donation is from two active Oakville Development Projects: 
  • $50,000 from Emgo (North Oakville I) Ltd. – This project is a partnership between Argo Development Corporation and Emery Investments
  • $50,000 from Bronte Green Corporation – This project is a partnership between Argo Development Corporation, Krpan Group, DG Group, and Caivan Communities
Provincial Government announcements
New management appointed at Kitchener long-term care home 
The Ministry of Long-Term Care has issued a Mandatory Management Order appointing St. Mary's General Hospital in Kitchener to temporarily manage Forest Heights long-term care home for 90 days. The order may be extended beyond the 90 days, if necessary.

Despite receiving hospital support for weeks, Forest Heights has been unable to contain the spread of COVID-19. By taking these steps, the Ministry of Long-Term Care is putting in place a rigorous management structure to help contain the spread of the disease and assist in returning the home to normal operations.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care will continue to make decisions on which long-term care homes may require additional management support on a case-by-case basis. The province is working with its health partners in addressing challenges in the long-term care sector by deploying hospital Infection Prevention and Control teams to homes, testing all staff and residents, providing personal protective equipment, and redeploying hospital staff to help support frontline workers in long-term care homes.
More innovative businesses are receiving financial support today through the Ontario Together Fund to re-tool their processes and increase their capacity to make personal protective equipment (PPE). 

The three new companies receiving support are:

Southmedic  — Southmedic is a Barrie-based medical device manufacturer that distributes to more than 60 countries around the world. The province is providing $1.8 million to help the company reengineer and retool its current production, and purchase new moulding equipment. With this new equipment, the company will double its output of oxygen masks, triple its output of ETCO2 masks, which are specialty masks used to monitor breathing prior to ventilator use, and quadruple its output of eye and face shields to help meet the province's need for PPE. The funding will also allow the company to reorganize its production facility to allow for physical distancing.

Sterling Industries  — Sterling Industries is a Concord-based contract manufacturer and assembler of medical devices and sub-components. The province is providing $1,023,325, which will allow the company to increase its output of face shields from 200,000 per week to more than a million per week. This increased capacity will help Sterling Industries deliver 10 million face shields to Ontario Health more quickly.

SRB Technologies  — SRB Technologies is a Pembroke-based producer of self-powered emergency lighting and self-powered exit signs. The province is providing $59,889 to help the company convert a portion of its production from emergency lighting solutions for the nuclear, aerospace, construction and defence sectors to manufacturing medical-grade face shields, which will be supplied to regional hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Patient Ombudsman launches investigation
Another investigation has been launched in Ontario into how Ontario nursing homes handled COVID-19. This investigation is headed by the province’s Patient Ombudsman whose offices has received 150 complaints.

Federal Government announcements
Canada orders syringes for entire population
The federal government has inked a contract for 37 million syringes — roughly enough for the entire Canadian population — as it prepares for “mass vaccinations” against COVID-19.

Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand said Tuesday that the contract was signed with the Canadian branch of Becton Dickinson, a global medical tech giant.

Canada Revenue Agency opens up snitch line to information about federal COVID-19 aid program fraud
The agency says it’s looking for information regarding people who are receiving either CERB or CESB who are ineligible, or businesses or charities that are 'misusing' the wage subsidy program
Trump mobilizes military, threatens to use troops to quell protests across U.S.
Military police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at a peaceful protest near the White House while the president delivered a Rose Garden address on Monday.
Tokyo cases spike
Tokyo  issued an alert to residents  for the first time urging additional caution against the coronavirus pandemic, after a spike in new cases.

The Japanese capital saw 34 new infections on Tuesday, the most in a single day in more than three weeks. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike triggered what she has dubbed a “Tokyo Alert,” aiming to heighten Tokyo residents’ awareness of the state of the pandemic, and which could lead to businesses in the capital again being asked to close their doors should a surge continue.

While the alert itself won’t immediately lead to new restrictions, if cases continue to climb in the city the government has said it could reinstate its call for companies to shut and residents to stay at home.

Of the 34 cases Tuesday, 13 came from a cluster at a hospital in Koganei in the west of the city, where more than 30 infections have been reported to date. Koike also said that many of the cases over the past week came from Tokyo’s nightlife districts, with dozens of the infections linked to areas populated by hostess clubs and other such entertainment venues.
In other COVID-related news:
B.C. bans commercial landlords who forgo federal rent relief from evicting tenants
B.C. Finance Minister Carole James says landlords who choose not to apply for Canada's emergency commercial rent relief program will not be able to evict businesses that aren't able to pay rent.

COVID-19 in Toronto 'could have been much worse,' city says, as number of deaths top 800
A total of 828 people have died of COVID-19 in Toronto and a total of 379 people are in hospital, the city reported on Monday.

Ottawa to become 1st Canadian city to make masks 'mandatory' on transit
Ottawa will become the ;first city in Canada to officially require ;passengers and staff on its public transit system to wear masks, but no one will be barred from boarding a bus or train if they're not.

Testing for COVID-19: Your questions answered
We've received more than 1,500 questions about COVID-19 testing from Canadians, and many readers are confused about the process and the results. We took your most common questions to the experts. Here's what you wanted to know about testing.
Upcoming events:
Sunset Cinema @ Home: June 19

Stay home, stay healthy, and support Oakville Hospital healthcare heroes! Join  the Oakville Hospital Foundation  for Sunset Cinema @ Home, the perfect summer movie night on Friday, June 19 at 7pm.

Webinar: Preparing to reopen your agri-business or agri-tourism business in Halton   

June 3, 2020 | 11 a.m. to noon


This webinar is part of our larger “Reopening your business in Halton” series, designed to provide helpful advice and tips to make sure your business is ready to reopen safely.
To learn more about this series and other webinars, visit our Small Business page on
Walk to end ALS
The virtual edition of the Walk to End ALS event will take place June 21. ALS partner, Brain Canada, is offering a dollar for dollar match of up to $1 million to invest in promising ALS research.

What's on at the OPL
Tuesdays & Thursdays • 10 am
Family Storytime on Instagram Live
Get moving with stories, songs and fun during Family Storytime! Hosted virtually on Instagram Live. Follow @oakvillelibrary on Instagram .

Tuesdays & Thursdays • 2 pm
Kids Library Club
Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays as we explore fun activities in the fields of science, technology, art and more! Tuesday's session is all about Exploring Nature and History in
National Parks and Thursday is Digital Painting . Limited spaces. Register

Wednesday, June 3 • 3 pm
Virtual Book Club: The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose
Our Virtual Adult Book Club meets every Wednesday!
Join us on Zoom (Meeting ID: 946 8682 1877) or call 1-647-558-0588. Details

Thursday, June 4 11 am
Let's Talk About Books, Movies & More: Legal Thrillers
This week, we'll discuss our favourite books, movies and more that relate to Legal Thrillers. "Let's Talk About" are weekly, virtual sessions that explore different themes in arts, culture and literature.
Join us on Zoom (Meeting ID: 919 0809 0975) or call 1-647-558-0588. Details

Friday, June 5 • 10 am
Virtual Crafty Bees Meetup with The Hive
An informal, weekly craft meetup to share what you’re working on, and gather inspiration from fellow craft enthusiasts.
Join us on  Zoom  (Meeting ID: 940 3637 9535, Password: Hive) or call 1-647-558-0588.  Details

Fridays and Saturdays • 10 am
Family Storytime on YouTube 
Follow OPL on YouTube and enjoy pre-recorded Family Storytime on Fridays and Saturdays at 10 am. Remember to subscribe to our YouTube page so you don't miss out!

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Staff Book Recommendations on YouTube
Listen to over 100 short book reviews from OPL staff, uploaded weekly on YouTube .

Virtual Tech Help
Book a virtual one-on-one session for basic technology assistance. Limited sessions. Register  
Food Banks experiencing record demand
Oakville's food banks are in record-breaking demand. If you can donate anything, please do. Your help is needed.

Fareshare Food Bank Oakville: 905-847-3988 or email

Kerr Street Mission: 905-845-7485 or donate online at

The Salvation Army Oakville: Donate online
Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate under increased safety measures. I f you know or are aware of someone who is struggling, call 211 and get help to navigate the network of health, community and social service programs. This service is offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and has interpretation for over 150 languages. And, if you are able, please consider supporting the Meals on Wheels effort by making a donation.

Downtown Oakville Instagram live series
On Wednesday, May 6 Downtown Oakville will be launching a weekly Instagram Live Series hosted by different Downtown businesses. The live events will allow you to purchase products, participate in fitness classes, attend workshops, and more!

Follow @oakvilledowntown on Instagram to learn more and tune in. 

June 3 at 2 p.m. - Lakeshore Yoga 
June 10 at 1 p.m. - Makers Mojo 
June 17 at 2 p.m. - Must Boutique 
June 24 at 7 p.m. - Dr. Adrienne, Naturopathic Doctor 
Testing in Oakville
Call the COVID-19 hotline
For the duration of the pandemic, if a member of the public wishes to report an incident of non-compliance with the emergency orders, they may contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722

It is critical that our residents use 911 for emergencies only.
Coronavirus timeline