Muskoka in West Harbour

One of the many wonderful things about the West Harbour area is our abundance of urban amenities, with Kerr Village, Downtown Oakville, and Lakeshore Road all a few steps from our front doors.  Yet right on the West Harbour door step, Waterworks Park and Tannery Park offer secluded, quiet areas to indulge in a bit of Muskoka tranquility, without the annoying drive through Cottage country traffic.


More public consultation on Downtown furnishings coming this fall

The City of Oakville will provide further opportunities for community input this Fall, in response to questions and concerns raised by the tentative direction of street furniture and lighting designs.

Official City announcement here:

Project information can be found here:




Town begins 2016 ash tree treatment program Look for green ribbons on treated trees

Oakville, June 7, 2016 – for immediate release

The town continues to take action against the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Beginning this week, municipal ash trees on streets and in parks which continue to qualify for treatment are being injected with the bio insecticide TreeAzin® to protect them against the insect’s damaging effects. Select treated trees will be adorned with a green ribbon.

“Maintaining a healthy urban forest is vital to Oakville’s livability and sustainability,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Using best forest management practices, the town is assuring a healthy, thriving tree canopy for today and years to come.”

TreeAzin is a natural and safe bio-insecticide derived from the seeds of the neem tree, and provides up to two years of protection against EAB before it must be reapplied. This is the fourth treatment for many of the trees in this year’s program.

“According to the most up-to-date research results, the EAB infestation has reached extreme levels in Oakville and is now at its peak. All ash trees are under stress from the insect, but by continuing to treat the trees within the treatment program our goal is to have these beautiful trees lining our streets after the EAB population has died out,” said Jalil Hashemi, acting manager, Forestry.


The town’s EAB monitoring program suggests the EAB population will start to decline as all of the town’s ash trees will either be protected or will have died, leaving the insect with no food source. EAB larvae kill ash trees by eating the soft tissue under the tree’s bark, preventing nutrients from reaching the canopy. TreeAzin inhibits the feeding and growth of the larvae.


The town also wants to remind residents they can take action to mitigate the impact of EAB. Forestry staff say watering your treated municipal ash tree helps the tree uptake the insecticide more readily, providing added protection. In addition, residents are encouraged to remove any dead ash trees on their own property and help contribute to the town’s tree canopy by replacing with a new native tree.


Municipal street and park ash trees that did not qualify for treatment are being removed for public safety and replaced with trees of different species. Select trees marked for removal will be identified by a red ribbon.


For more information, visit and search Trees and Woodlands.



Media contact:

Jill MacInnes
Communications Advisor
Strategy, Policy and Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3096


Economic Outlook Breakfast with Mayor Rob Burton

Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:30 to 9:30 AM
Join Mayor Burton and business leaders from across town for Oakville’s latest economic update.
  • Economic Development Update
  • Lively Q&A Session with the Mayor
  • Hot Buffet Breakfast

Don’t miss out on the year’s most important business breakfast. 


Presented and Hosted by 
Oakville Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Holiday Inn Oakville Centre
590 Argus Road

Tickets: Chamber Members – $25.00; Non-Members $30.00

Another Successful Earth Day Clean Up

Thank you to all of the volunteers who grabbed rakes, gloves and garbage bags for our annual Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday, April 23rd.  The event was a great success, once again demonstrating what a wonderful, actively engaged community we have here in the West Harbour area.

Special thanks goes to West Harbour Resident’s Association President Diana for hosting the event, her time and energy are always appreciated by the neighbourhood. Amongst the clean up crew were Ray Chisholm, newly elected Ward 2 Councillor, and the lovely couple complete with three little ones who won’t actually move into the neighbourhood until July, but are already active participants in our events!

Town event encourages residents to be prepared for extreme weather and household emergencies

Keep Calm and Adapt event at Town Hall on April 30

Oakville, April 25, 2016 – for immediate release

The town is launching the second annual Keep Calm and Adapt, its emergency and extreme weather preparedness event designed to help residents build their knowledge and personal resilience to our changing climate.

The event will take place at Town Hall on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to coincide with Emergency Preparedness Week, National Safe Building Month and National Safe Boating Week all taking place in May.

Exhibitors will be on hand to discuss programs and incentives available in Canada, Ontario and specifically Halton Region that can help you implement climate change mitigation and adaptation actions to help protect lives and properties. There will be lots of information and activities available for all age groups including Science Ninjas, emergency vehicles, prizes and giveaways.


Keynote speakers include The Weather Network’s Mark Robinson at 9:30 a.m. and Chris St. Clair at 12 p.m.

For more information on this and more of the town’s environmental initiatives, visit the Environment section at

Official Plan Review – Downtown Oakville Growth Area

Have your say about building heights in Downtown Oakville.

As part of the town’s official plan review, we’re looking at the land use policies for Downtown Oakville.
We want your input on possible locations for buildings taller than four storeys.
Information Night
Downtown Oakville Growth Area Review
Tuesday April 26
 7-9 p.m.
Town Hall, Bronte Room
1225 Trafalgar Road
This event is a follow up to the open house held in November 2015. A staff presentation will be followed by a discussion.

Share your views on Oakville’s harbours

Community workshops for Harbours Master Plan on Tuesday, May 3
What’s your view on Oakville and Bronte Harbours? Now’s your chance to help shape the future of the harbours by providing input into the town’s first Harbours Master Plan.

“Oakville’s harbours benefit everyone so it’s important that we hear the perspectives of as many residents, businesses and community groups as possible,” said Chris Mark, director of the Parks and Open Space department. “With help from key stakeholders and the public, our goal is to establish a long-term strategy for harbour development that supports the changing and growing nature of the community.”

Residents are invited to attend one of two workshops on May 3 at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) located at 2302 Bridge Road.