March 31, 2020 – Declarations of Emergency

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Written on April 1st, 2020

A Message from Sean O’Meara, Region and Town Council Ward 1

As you may be aware, both the Region of Halton and the Town of Oakville have declared States of Emergency.  This coincides with the Province releasing a list of essential businesses and thereby closing all non-essential businesses to ensure physical distancing.

At all levels of Government, we are trying to maximize the use of the limited essential service resources we have.  In this effort, we are not duplicating information on all platforms, rather we are trying to direct residents to the level of government that is responsible for those services, decisions, declarations.

How does this work (examples only below)?

Town Services – (What’s open, permits to be accessed, loose leaf cancellation, etc…) Oakville
Regional Health information – (What are the pandemic numbers, what is the doctor saying, what advice should I follow) Region of Halton
Legal Changes – (mandated closures, legal authority, police enforcement, etc…) Province of Ontario
Federal Assistance – (Employment Insurance, help for small/medium business, etc..) Government of Canada

While there is overlap, it can be daunting navigating all the information out there.  If you need assistance with any issue, please let me know and I can try my best to guide you.

Province of Ontario

The Province has mandated all non-essential businesses to close.  A list of essential business categories that may remain open can be viewed here Essential Businesses

The Province has issued a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds, effective immediately. This new order would close all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario, including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities

To ensure compliance, the Province has issued a Municipal designation to allow municipal officers the ability to enforce social distancing and the EMCPA laws.  The new measures to be enforced involve the noted above closures as well as no groups over 5 (outside of family) are to be 2 metres from each other. 

Region of Halton

Chair Gary Carr declared a State of Emergency for the Region of Halton.  This declaration supports the work already being done by our Chief Medical Officer and our Regional Chief Administrative Officer.  As of yesterday, the Region had 36 confirmed cases of COVID19 with 2 deaths.  All other Regional Public Health related information can be found at Halton COVID19

Town of Oakville

As part of our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and based on the advice being provided by the Medical Officer of Health, the Town has closed all town facilities and parks and is focusing only on essential and critical services to ensure the safety of the community. 

ServiceOakville remains available at 905-845-6601 or service@oakville.ca to respond to community questions and requests for essential services.

A secure drop box is available just outside of the main Town Hall entrance for payments, letters, applications, etc.

Town Council voted to allow the deferral of property tax until the end of June.  We have made parking in municipal lots and on-street in the BIAs free for quick pick-ups.  

Due to the essential nature of how we are operating, we are cancelling the loose leaf pick-up service this Spring.  The Region of Halton will still be picking up your yard debris in the brown bags each week so please use those.

A full list of critical and essential services can be found here Critical Services

As warm days approach intermittently, the desire to congregate outside will grow, please do not gather outside or be in areas where others are.  The next two weeks is vital to us getting through this.  The sooner we adhere to the health professionals recommendations the sooner we all can get back to the way of life we miss.

If you wish to report individuals or groups not adhering to the laws you are able to contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or HRPS non-emergency line at 905-845-4777 or 311 to request enforcement. Level of enforcement will be resource dependent and a graduated approach to enforcement with education being the first response and fines will follow.


As Always for Updates:

Here are the links to the Federal, Provincial and Regional websites:

Federal Government of Canada
Province of Ontario
Region of Halton
Town of Oakville 

If you know of neighbours or individuals requiring assistance please do not hesitate to contact me and I will reach out as best I can to get them whatever assistance they may need.

Please ensure you are physically distancing yourselves from people, please wash your hands, please if you are not feeling well self-quarantine.

Sean O’Meara