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Office of the Mayor and Council update
May 3, 2021


Halton vaccination program expands today and rest of the month

Halton’s vaccination program is expanding over the next 10 days, starting with today’s successful expansion to booking those aged 50 plus who cannot work from home. As of Wednesday, May 5, that expands to those 40 plus who cannot work from home, then 30 plus who cannot work from home on Friday, May 7. Starting Wednesday, May 12, appointments will begin opening up to age groups, starting with those aged 50 plus. This schedule in Halton aligns with Provincial timing to open appointments to all eligible Ontarians by the end of May and will continue to align with the Province’s direction on prioritization, including determining eligibility based on age and risk.

In Halton, we continue to see higher rates of infections among those who cannot work from home and higher risk of death among older age groups. This is evident in the slide above from Friday’s modelling provided by the Ontario Science Table.

When Halton’s mayors and Chair, amongst other municipal leaders in the province, protested outdoor restrictions that the Science Table had said were not needed nor effective, the government called all Ontario mayors to a briefing the next day to tell us they had issued a stay-at-home order, not a stay safe outdoors order.

To protect the community and reduce risk for everyone, the roll out of appointment booking to Halton residents will continue in priority sequence, contingent on supply and Halton continues to vaccinate residents on pace with supply, with the capacity to vaccinate even more residents per day should supply increase.

While we book more residents for their first dose this month, we must all continue to follow all the public health advice and stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and maintain room in our healthcare system.
  • Only leave home for essentials
  • Stay home if you’re unwell
  • Wash and sanitize hands frequently
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Keep a distance of at least two metres from anyone outside your household
  • Wear a mask when distance can’t be maintained, even outside, and where mandated
  • Book your COVID-19 vaccine when you’re eligible for one
Please keep well, stay safe, and let me know of any chance to help by emailing

Halton Region announces COVID-19 vaccination schedule for the month of May

In response to the Province’s announcement to accelerate the rollout of its COVID-19 vaccine program, Halton Region is moving forward with a vaccination schedule for the month of May to vaccinate those most at risk in the Halton community.

Halton’s vaccination schedule aligns with the Province’s direction to prioritize vaccination based on age and risk. Halton is making essential workers a priority as there continues to be higher rates of infection among those who cannot work from home. Age also continues to be a predictor for a higher risk of severe illness and death. To protect the community and reduce risk for everyone, our plan will roll out appointment bookings to Halton residents in priority sequence as follows:

Halton Region Public Health will not be making exceptions and the plan is contingent on vaccine supply from the Federal and Provincial Governments.

Halton Region Public Health is also reminding residents that full protection from COVID-19 is not achieved until at least two weeks after an individual’s second dose. At this time, all Halton residents, regardless of vaccination status, should continue to stay home as much as possible, only go out for essential reasons and only gather indoors and outdoors with their households. When out in public for essential reasons or enjoying outdoor activity, please wear your mask and keep a two-metre distance from anyone outside your household.

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Free webinar: Stop The Big Sprawl

To save green space, control growth. See you at free webinar by Environmental Defence Canada.

-- Halton Council Member and Oakville Mayor Rob Burton

To see today’s updated COVID-19 statistics for Oakville from Halton’s Public Health Unit CLICK HERE
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Halton COVID case counts

There are currently 224 Active Cases in Oakville and 42 COVID-19 patients being cared for at OTMH (this number includes transfers from facilities outside of Halton Region).
Confirmed cases in Oakville increased by + 37 from 4680 to 4717 with + 125 new confirmed cases in Halton from 14,830 to 14,955
There were + 43 new reported recoveries in Oakville from 4,553 to 4,596 and + 125 new recoveries in Halton from 14,252 to 14,377

Ontario is reporting 3,436 new cases today, bringing the total to 473,901. Of those, 428,786 are resolved with 8,118 deaths. Currently there are 1,925 patients in hospital, 889 of whom are in ICU with 611 of those on ventilators.

Comparing Halton to GTHA - Case Numbers

Source: Public Health Ontario
Halton COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard
The indicators are based on the Ontario Public Health Unit Core Indicators for COVID-19 Monitoring, with targets adapted to the local Halton context and population. Together the indicators are intended to provide an overall snapshot of current local data on the COVID-19 pandemic, to keep the community informed and assist with local decision-making.

Canada COVID case counts

As of this morning, Canada had reported 1,237,640 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 83,555 considered active. A tally of deaths stands at 24,316.

As of early Monday morning, more than 152.8 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to a case-tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll stood at more than 3.2 million.

COVID-19 vaccine tracker

Halton's COVID-19 vaccination program

COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario


As of Sunday at 4:11 pm CST, more than 13,825,476 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

Oakville & Halton

Town of Oakville Announcements

Public notice of pesticide use between May 1 and June 15, 2021


The Town of Oakville will be conducting aerial spraying of select woodlands to control a gypsy moth infestation.


Two treatments will be performed by helicopter within a few days of each other between May 1 and June 15, 2021, weather permitting, from 5 – 8 a.m.

Trails will be closed for a few hours during the spraying. Check our Forestry Map for spray areas and the town’s website, Facebook and Twitter feeds for 48 hour notice of aerial spray commencement.

For more information contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or toll-free at 1-877-625-8455.

Foray 48B Biological Insecticide Aqueous Suspension, containing active ingredient Bacillus thuringiensis, subsp. Kurstaki strain ABTS-351, (PCP# 24977) under the Pest Control Products Act (Canada).

The Town of Oakville will be conducting select ground spray of street trees adjacent to aerial spray locations to control a gypsy moth infestation.

Treatments will be performed by Oakville staff between May 1 and June 15, 2021, weather permitting, in the early morning, based on insect emergence and species host preference.

Please visit our Gypsy Moth page to find up to date information, including 48 hour notice to ground spray areas.

For more information visit or contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or toll-free at 1-877-625-8455.

DIPEL® 2X DF Biological Insecticide, containing active ingredient Bacillus thuringiensis, subsp. Kurstaki strain ABTS-351, (PCP# 26508) under the Pest Control Products Act (Canada).


Help shape your Halton—have your say!



The Provincial Growth Plan mandates that Halton plan for 1.1 million residents and 500,000 jobs by 2051. Halton is reviewing their Regional Official Plan to meet this direction and remain responsive to our community’s needs.

As part of this review, The Region of Halton has developed different Growth Concepts outlining how and where Halton could grow by the year 2051. Check out the Regional Official Plan Amendment (ROPA) 48, which is being considered by Regional Council. ROPA 48 provides direction on how to accommodate future growth in existing urban areas.

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2021 Virtual Public Information Centres (PICs)

Join one of Halton Region's virtual Public Information Centres (PICs) online or by phone!
  • To request PIC materials and submit questions in advance, email or call 905-825-6000, ext. 7772.

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Thank you for taking part in the Regional Official Plan Review process! To learn more or contact the Region of Halton: If you require an alternative format or need accessibility-related accommodation to access or comment on ROPR materials, please email or call 311, 1-866-442-5866 or TTY 905-827-9833.
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Buy tickets for In Conversation With Genevieve Graham


Join us on May 4 at 7 pm for In Conversation With Genevieve Graham, author of "Letters Across the Sea." This virtual chat is moderated by Canadian writer Kayleigh Platz. Register now online, cost covers ticket and a copy of "Letters Across the Sea." In partnership with A Different Drummer Books and Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.
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‘Energy transformation requires community’: With launch of championing agency, Oakville aims to cut emissions in half by 2041


Oakville’s response to the climate emergency now has a leading organization – and soon, will have boots on the ground.

Future Energy Oakville (FEO) has been established to help bring the vision of a sustainable energy future closer to reality.
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'Overjoyed to see you' Halton paramedics making COVID vaccine house calls to homebound residents


A strike team of Halton paramedics is making house calls to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to those who are physically unable to make it to a clinic or pharmacy.

Halton Paramedic Services Director Greg Sage said that during the weekend of April 24, the group of paramedics began administering vaccines to eligible residents who are homebound either because of advanced age or a chronic health condition.
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'Risk for spread': May opens with 23 active workplace outbreaks across Oakville and Burlington as well as Milton, Halton Hills that leave 206 infected with COVID-19


There are 23 active workplace COVID-19 outbreaks across Oakville and Burlington as well as Milton and Halton Hills with more than 200 cases, Halton Region revealed Saturday (May 1).

Of these, eight are in Burlington, eight in Milton, five in Oakville and two in Halton Hills.
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Parking ban around Oakville’s lakeside parks


The town plans to ban parking on streets around Oakville’s popular lakeside parks for the second summer in a row.

Town council has approved a bylaw that will allow special no parking zones on streets near parks like Coronation and Bronte Beach, with increased fines of $100 for violators.
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Summer camp organizers across Halton preparing for all scenarios



Same restrictions, but a more positive outlook.

That’s the scenario for many summer camps across Halton, as they head into another season amid the pandemic.

While facing similar obstacles this time around, most organizers — who had just a few weeks to make adjustments in 2020 — are feeling more ready to take on the challenges ahead.
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Federal environment minister to undertake Highway 413 environmental assessment


The federal government has committed to doing an environmental assessment of Highway 413 - a proposed 400-series highway that would stretch across the GTA.
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Government of Ontario Announcements

Ontario Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Booking for More People


Individuals Aged 18 and Over in Hotspots Eligible to Book as of May 3

Due to a stable and reliable increase in vaccine supply, this week, the Ontario government will further expand booking eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination appointments across the province.

As of Monday, May 3, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., individuals who are 18 and over in 2021 and live in one of the 114 hot spot communities will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a mass immunization clinic through the provincial online booking system or directly through public health units that use their own booking system. This expansion of eligibility will support the government’s strategy of allocating 50 per cent of vaccine allocations to hot spots the weeks of May 3rd and 10th.

“With additional supply our government is increasing access to the COVID-19 vaccines in the communities hardest hit by COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Continuing to focus on getting vaccines in the arms of those most at risk will help to stop the spread of COVID-19 in these communities, protect our hospital capacity and save lives. I continue to urge everyone to sign up to receive the vaccine as soon as it’s your turn.”
In addition, beginning Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. the following groups throughout the province will be eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, through the provincial online booking system and call centre or directly through public health units that use their own booking system:
  • Individuals turning 50 and over in 2021;
  • Individuals with high-risk health conditions;
  • People who cannot work from home who fall under Group One (including remaining elementary and secondary school workers); and
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals in addition to the other channels previously available to book their appointment.
In addition, priority populations who have been only able to book via the provincial call centre will now also be able to book online, including individuals with the highest risk health conditions, child care workers in licenced child care settings and education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs.

“With access to more vaccine supply, we are able to expand eligibility and increase the speed and scale of vaccine delivery in communities where it is needed most and will have the greatest impact,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “I urge everyone who is eligible to book their appointment, to do so as soon as possible. Every vaccine administered is a step toward reducing COVID-19 transmission and will help save lives.”

Ontarians who are now eligible to book their vaccine appointment are asked to be patient, as it could take time to receive their vaccination. Public health units are responsible for managing and overseeing the distribution and administration of vaccines for their entire region, and public health units may have different vaccine administration rates based on local context.

Ontario Taking Steps to Better Prepare and Support Youth Leaving Care

Province engaging youth with lived experience for input on new framework

The Ontario government is engaging youth with lived experience to help develop a new framework that would see youth transition out of the care of children’s aid societies when they feel ready and better prepared. Their feedback will help establish readiness indicators, such as stable housing or education, to ensure young people are set up for success once they leave care, a key pillar of the province’s plan to modernize the child welfare system.

“We know many young people leaving care are struggling and we want to change that,” said Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues. “Our goal is to ensure youth feel confident and have the tools to thrive as independent adults. Listening and working with youth and child welfare advocates is critical as we design a new framework to better support them as they transition from care to adulthood.”

The Ontario Children's Advancement Coalition and Youth in Care Canada will co-lead youth consultations alongside the ministry, with mentoring and support from the Children's Aid Foundation of Canada. The engagement sessions will begin later this spring and will inform the development of the readiness indicators. The organizations will hear from youth with lived experience, service providers, advocates, partners and stakeholders on how best to support young people preparing to transition from care.

While work is underway to design the new framework, the province has extended the moratorium on youth aging out of their care arrangements with children’s aid societies to September 30, 2022. This moratorium will ensure youth in the child welfare system who pass the cut-off age during the COVID 19 pandemic will continue to receive supports and services.
“Our government is redesigning Ontario’s child welfare system to provide more opportunities for children and youth,” added Dunlop. “This new framework will promote positive outcomes and allow our young people leaving care to be set up for success and thrive as independent adults. These young people are capable and deserve the chance to flourish at every stage of their life.”

“Our partnership between government and non-profit organizations founded and led by first voice advocates, and our work together, is expected to transform the ‘aging out’ experience,” said Cheyanne Ratnam, founder, president and CEO of the Ontario Children’s Advancement Coalition (OCAC). “It will result in better outcomes, across lifespans, for Ontario’s children and young people in and from the child welfare system.”

"The partnership between Youth in Care Canada, the Ontario Children’s Advancement Coalition, and the government represents the mutual commitment of our organizations to the betterment of outcomes for young people in and leaving care,” said Conner Lowes, President of Youth in Care Canada (YICC). “We as an organization are so proud to be taking this step to help reform the child welfare system in such a fundamental way, thereby providing young people with the crucial support they need to succeed."

“We’ve heard first-hand from so many young people who have ‘aged out’ of the current system that this milestone has been traumatizing, leaving them feeling ill-equipped, confused and abandoned,” said Valerie McMurtry, President and CEO of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. “We are proud to stand alongside first voice advocates as they partner with government on this important work and are optimistic that this project will create new ways to better address the individual needs of young people, supporting them to build successful futures for themselves.”

Ontario had no plan to address pandemic or protect residents in long-term care, final commission report says


Ontario was not prepared to address a pandemic and had no plan to protect residents in long-term care, according to a final report from an independent commission released Friday evening.
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Feds ‘happy to work’ with Ontario after request to halt arrival of international students


Canada may consider halting the arrival of international students in Ontario, prime minister Justin Trudeau said following a request from Ontario premier Doug Ford.
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Government of Canada Announcements

A safe and dignified retirement for Canadian seniors


The global COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for Canada’s seniors, especially those living in long-term care homes. On top of this crisis, too many seniors are worried about their retirement savings running out and concerned about being able to live independently in their own homes. The Government of Canada will learn the hard lessons of this pandemic and take further action to protect the health and safety of Canadian seniors, while also supporting a retirement that is free from financial worry and provides a better quality of life.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today highlighted Budget 2021 measures that will raise benefits for seniors and put more money in their pockets, make sure those in long-term care live in safe and dignified conditions, and help them lead more healthy and independent lives.
To give more than three million seniors greater financial security and put more money in their pockets as they advance in their retirement, Budget 2021 proposes to increase the Old Age Security (OAS) pension by 10 per cent for seniors 75 and over as of July 2022. It also proposes a one-time payment of $500 in August 2021 to OAS pensioners who will be 75 or over as of June 30, 2022.

The government is also fulfilling its commitment to ensure the tragedies that took place in long-term care homes across the country this year never happen again. Budget 2021 intends to ensure a high standard in long-term care homes with $3 billion in funding over five years. The federal government will work collaboratively with provincial and territorial partners to make sure seniors in long-term care homes live in safe and dignified conditions.

To support the independence of seniors who live at home, Budget 2021 proposes to launch the Age Well at Home Initiative. This new initiative will assist community-based organizations in providing support to seniors – such as matching seniors with volunteers who can help with meal preparations, home maintenance, daily errands, yard work, and transportation – and will allow them to live independently in their homes for longer. 

These measures build on the work that the government has been doing over the past year, and since 2015, to support Canadian seniors and help them retire in dignity after a lifetime of hard work. The Government of Canada will continue to take additional actions to better support seniors, and improve their quality of life, now and into the future.

Canada to receive 2M vaccine doses this week as Pfizer-BioNTech ramp up deliveries


Canada is set to begin receiving more than 2 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine each week as the two pharmaceutical firms ramp up their deliveries and begin shipping shots from the United States.
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Health Canada holding off on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine distribution


Health Canada is holding off on distributing Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine after it became clear the doses that arrived in the country on Wednesday were processed in the same U.S. plant that's been mired in quality-control problems.
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Hajdu says Canada will come up with 'certification' to allow COVID-clear Canadians to travel again


Health Minister Patty Hajdu says her government embraces the concept of "vaccine passports" and will come up with a form of certification to allow vaccinated Canadians to travel internationally again.

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Frustration mounts for pharmacists who feel left out of COVID-19 vaccine rollout


Pharmacists across Canada are calling for increased access to the country’s supply of COVID-19 vaccines as lineups for doses mount.

In places like Toronto, London, Ont. and Victoria, B.C., lineups for vaccines can be seen circling the block, prompting pharmacists to speak up about their own unused capabilities to help.
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'We're in a lot of trouble': What's happening in Alberta as it shatters multiple COVID-19 case records?


Alberta has become one of the hot spots for COVID-19 in Canada during this third wave of the pandemic.

The province broke its daily COVID-19 record for the third day in a row on Saturday when it reported 2,433 new infections. As of Sunday afternoon, Alberta’s test positivity rate hit 12 per cent, its highest since the pandemic started.
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International news

Australians returning from India could face jail time under new COVID-19 measures


Australian residents and citizens who have been in India within 14 days of the date they plan to return home will be banned from entering Australia as of Monday and those who disobey will face fines and jail, government officials said.
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Why so many Americans are skipping their second COVID-19 shot


When the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that almost 8% of the millions who have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine hadn't returned to get the second shot they need, it raised concerns that the country might not be able to reach herd immunity.
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U.K. has ‘good chance’ of ditching COVID-19 social distancing rule by June: Boris Johnston


Britain is on course to ditch the COVID-19 social distancing rule requiring people to stay at least one metre apart towards the end of next month, Boris Johnson said.
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Germany cancels Oktoberfest 2nd year over coronavirus fears


Bavarian officials on Monday cancelled Oktoberfest festivities for a second year in a row due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, saying there are too many risks in hosting the celebrations -- which bring in visitors from around the world -- during a global pandemic.
Read the full story 

In other COVID news

Risk from COVID-19 variants remains after first Pfizer shot: study

The study found that people who previously had mild or asymptomatic infection had enhanced protection against more infectious mutated variants that emerged in U.K., South Africa.
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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:

Kerr Street Mission

The Salvation Army Oakville


Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate under increased safety measures.
Learn more 

Oakville Fare Share Food Bank new hours

The demand for service at the Oakville Fare Share Food Bank have almost doubled over the last nine months and as a result, hours will increase to serve everyone.

The new hours are:
Monday 9.30 am to 2.30 p.m.
Thursday 2 to 7 p.m.

This is an increase of two hours per week and will continue until at least the end of February 

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