Office of the Mayor and Council Update
Friday June 5 COVID-19 emergency
Yesterday in Oakville we acknowledged the Black Lives Matter movement and expressed our solidarity thanks to the freedoms afforded to us as Canadians.

Tomorrow we will remember those who fought for our freedom as we acknowledge the 76 th anniversary of D-Day. It's important to recognize the sacrifices of so many who gave their lives and those who served in our armed forces. 

Today I want to acknowledge World Environment Day and remind you that even during these exceptional times as we care for ourselves, nature should always be in our thoughts. The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature.

Let’s continue to be kind to each other and to our planet and use our voices for good. Together is the only way forward.

For a look forward in the recovery and back at where we’ve come from in the pandemic, please scroll to the end of this email for the updated timeline.
Items in this update:

  • COVID case counts
  • COVID-19 deaths per million
  • Canadians think everyone should be tested for COVID
  • Thousands of COVID cases missing from Toronto hot spots map
  • Ontario’s for-profit nursing homes have 17 per cent fewer workers, higher COVID rates
  • Ontario big city mayors say services at risk
  • Downtown construction contines
  • Call for cost-sharing on emergency funding for transit
  • 'Mental health may be unspoken pandemic through all this'
  • Provincial Government announcements
  • Ontario's $23 billion recovery
  • Ontario to release details on ‘Stage 2’ of reopening businesses next week
  • Federal Government announcements
  • Support for Canadians with disabilities announced
  • Trudeau to offer provinces billions to reopen the economy safely
  • Unemployment rates hit new record
  • Student grant program still hasn't launched
  • Face coverings to be mandatory on public transit in England
  • In other COVID-related news
  • 'American Idol' star continues to fight two months after contracting COVID
  • Canada can hit climate targets
  • Dental clinics a 'ticking time bomb' warns hygienist
  • What might K-12 schools look like in the fall?
  • B.C. premier suggests ban on evictions by commercial landlords is coming
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COVID case counts
Total confirmed cases in Halton increased by 5 from 661 to 666 (with 1 pending confirmed case) with 1 new confirmed case in Oakville, from 218 to 219.

There was 1 reported recovery in Oakville, from 210 to 211 and 6 recoveries in Halton Region from 608 to 614 . That leaves 5 active cases in Oakville.
As of 11 a.m. Friday, Ontario’s regional public health units are reporting a total of 31,177 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,419 deaths.

There are 94,325 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada, according to The Canadian Press, including 7,702 deaths, 51,876 resolved.
Visit for the U of T COVID-19 data aggregation map
COVID-19 deaths per million
Canadians think everyone should be tested for COVID
More than three in five Canadians support the idea of testing every Canadian for the novel coronavirus, according to a Nanos Research poll commissioned by CTV News.

Two thousand cases missing from map of Toronto's hot spots
More than 2,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases are missing from the map the City of Toronto released last week that shows infections by neighbourhood, CBC News has found.

Ontario’s for-profit nursing homes have 17 per cent fewer workers, higher COVID rates
Ontario’s for-profit nursing homes employ, on average, 17 per cent fewer full-time and part-time workers compared to non-profit and municipal homes, according to a Star analysis of union staffing data.

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Oakville and Halton
Downtown construction continues
What's happening now
Allan to Reynolds
  • Installation of granite curbing
  • Continuation of work on granular road base
  • Installation of street light wire
Reynolds to Trafalgar
  • Water service connections on the north side
  • Sanitary laterals on the north side
  • Starting Silva cell installation – south near completion, then moving to the north side
  • Concrete road base removal

Work toward Phase One completion
  • Installation of granite curbs, granite pavers and planter curbs continues on the north and south side
  • Removal of temporary asphalt
  • Begin installation of bollards
Call for cost-sharing on emergency funding for transit
The Ontario Public transportation Association reached out to its members to support and initiative from the Transportation and Infrastructure Ministers of four provinces - British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec - calling for cost-sharing on emergency funding for transit.

From the joint letter:

"Our public transit agencies are facing an unprecedented financial challenge as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Significant drops in ridership have had a devastating impact on operating revenue for transit agencies across the country, with millions of dollars being lost every month. We acknowledge our role in tackling this issue, but no individual level of government can solve this critical challenge alone. As public transportation has been declared an essential service by both federal and provincial governments, we have to work together in order to guarantee the financial survival of the transit agencies through the COVID-19 crisis...We call on the Government of Canada to commit to share in the cost to ensure transit systems can continue to operate and meet the needs of people across the country."
'Mental health may be unspoken pandemic through all this'
 Many Canadians won’t be travelling anytime soon, even if restrictions lift, and many Ontarians feel Premier Doug Ford has done a great job managing the Province’s response to the pandemic.

Ontario big city mayors say services at risk
Today I met with the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario to further discuss the growing financial ad service delivery challenges municipalities face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We resolved to reach out to their local Members of Parliament and Members of Provincial Parliament to seek commitments for their support.

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Provincial Government Announcements
Ontario's $23 billion recovery
In today's briefing, Premier Doug Ford said it could cost $23 billion for Ontario to recover from COVID-19. Trudeau’s Friday announcement of $14B for all of Canada “must be the start ... not the end,” Ford says.

“$14 billion for all of Canada just won’t cut it.”

Ford also said the province is still working on when Stage 2 of reopening can begin, but that won’t happen without more help from the federal government.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford will make another COVID-19 announcement on Friday after allowing short-term cottage and condo rentals to resume.

Federal Government announcements
Supports for Canadians with disabilities to address challenges from COVID-19
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced support to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic.

This support includes a special one-time, tax-free payment to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1, 2020, as follows:

  • $600 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate. 
  • $300 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
  • $100 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

Combined with the special payments of $300 for Canadians who are eligible for the OAS pension and the additional $200 for those eligible for the GIS, all seniors with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate will receive a total of $600 in special payments. People who are eligible for this special payment will receive it automatically.

The Government of Canada recognizes that people with disabilities are also at higher risk of job loss during economic downturns. To help Canadians with disabilities get and maintain good jobs so they can continue to support themselves and their families, the government will:
  • Create a National Workplace Accessibility Stream through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. A new investment of $15 million in 2020-21 will provide community organizations with resources to improve workplace accessibility and access to jobs in response to COVID-19, including by helping employers set up accessible and effective work-from-home arrangements. This support will also cover expanding accessible online training opportunities and helping connect Canadians with disabilities working from home with employers.
  • Invest $1.18 million in five new projects across the country through the Accessible Technology Program. With this funding, organizations will develop dynamic and affordable technology, such as accessible payment terminals for retailers and tools to make communication easier for Canadians with disabilities in the digital economy.
Trudeau to offer premiers billions to help reopen the economy safely
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to offer premiers billions in federal funding to help them safely reopen provincial and territorial economies without triggering an explosive second wave of COVID-19 cases.

Unemployment rate hits new record even as economy adds jobs: StatCan
Statistics Canada reports a record high unemployment rate as the economy added 289,600 jobs in May, with businesses reopening amid easing public health restrictions.

Ottawa promised $5,000 grants to student volunteers. Six weeks later, the program still hasn’t launched
More than a month after promising students grants of up to $5,000 as incentive for volunteer work, the federal government is still sorting details of how the program will work.
International news
Face coverings to be mandated on public transport in England
Passengers on England's buses, subways and trains will have to wear face coverings from June 15 when most shops reopen, the British government said Thursday.
In other COVID-related news:
Two months after contracting COVID-19, actor Nick Cordero is still fighting
‘It’s just hard to explain how unfair this is,’ says friend and former ‘American Idol’ star Constantine Maroulis.

Canada can hit climate targets without ruining economy, economists and climate experts say
A new study suggests that CO2 emissions could drop by seven per cent in 2020 due to global COVID-19 shutdowns. But going forward, cutting emissions won't require stalling the economy, say economists and climate experts.

Dental clinics 'a ticking time bomb,' warns hygienist amid rift over COVID-19 safety guidelines
As many shuttered dental clinics prepare to reopen, a rift is growing over proper protocols to keep patients and staff safe — with one Ontario dental hygienist calling clinics a "ticking time bomb" for creating new COVID-19 cases.

What might K-12 schools look like in the fall? Depends where you are, educators say
This week, several provinces joined Quebec in re-opening school doors for teachers and some students. Canadian peers across the nation are watching carefully to see what classes might look like in the fall.

Varcoe: Kenney suggests ban on evictions by commercial landlords is coming
British Columbia Premier Jason Kenney says it makes no sense for commercial landlords to kick out good tenants during a pandemic, but the province appears poised to temporarily stop such evictions.
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.

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
Oakville Public Library is excited to announce that on Tuesday, June 9 they will begin offering contactless holds pickups and accepting returns of borrowed library material!

More details about Library Takeout service, including pickup/return locations and operating hours, will be shared next week!
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 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