Oakville scaling back non-essential services due to COVID-19


The Town of Oakville has announced it will be scaling back non-essential services in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

However, all essential and critical services will be maintained to ensure the safety of the community. 

While we recognize the inconvenience that this change may mean for some residents, the safety of our community and our staff has to be our primary focus,” Mayor Rob Burton said in a news release. 

We will continue to adjust our operations according to the recommendations of health authorities to reduce the ability of the pandemic to spread,” he continued. 

Essential and/or critical services that will remain operational include services that:

  • are required to meet legislative requirements
  • support employee and public safety and security
  • enable critical business services and supports
  • protect and operate vital infrastructure
  • are necessary to keep essential services operating
  • fulfill contractual, legal and financial obligations.

Staff has done a thorough assessment of the services required to keep our community safe and supported,” the town’s Acting CAO, Jane Clohecy, said in the same release. 

Examples of essential services include the public safety services delivered by Oakville Fire, Roads and Works, Parks and Open Spaces, and Municipal Enforcement, as well as Transit, ServiceOakville, and key support services,” she continued. 

Additionally, Oakville transit will continue to operate, albeit with reduced hours; as of March 23, Oakville transit will operate on Sunday schedule—7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Further, the Economic Development department will remain open to provide information and support to the business community during these challenging times. 

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