COVID-19 Recovery

The Economic Development department remains committed to working closely with local businesses and partners to support economic recovery in Oakville.

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Business Support

Explore programs, funding and resources to support business recovery

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Research and Data

Understand the economic impact of COVID-19 with local research and industry findings

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Online Tools

Grow your business operations through technology with free digital resources

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Public Health Guidelines

November 13, 2020: Halton Region moving to Red-Control level as of Monday, November 16.

Halton Region: COVID-19 Information and Guidance

Ontario: COVID-19 Response Framework

Oakville's Economic Task Force

Mayor Burton, along with the Economic Development department, Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Visit Oakville, and Oakville Business Improvement Associations have formed an Economic Task Force. The Task Force is working in collaboration to provide immediate short-term relief measures to the business community, as well as explore options to support Oakville's long-term economic recovery.

On May 25, 2020, Town Council unanimously passed a motion to implement the Commercial Recovery Initiative that will permit commercial services outdoors, including expanded patio service when the Provincial order is lifted; along with other measures to help local businesses.

2020 patio applications

Through the Commercial Recovery Initiative, a new patio program has been launched for 2020.

What’s new for 2020

  • Town lands, such as sidewalks and parking spaces and will be available in 2020 for patios subject to permitting requirements.
  • Opportunities for new or extended patios on private property with temporary exemptions from required parking.
  • Application fees related to processing permits have been waived for 2020.
  • Municipal information and documentation required by the AGCO can be processed at the same time, if applicable.

For more information, visit the town's patio application page.

Halton Region Public Health Guidelines

COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines: Food and Drink Establishments 
Frequently Asked Questions: Reopening of Restaurants and Patios

On March 26, 2020, Town Council passed an Economic Action Plan for Oakville. The plan was developed by the Economic Task Force to help address immediate concerns voiced by the Oakville business community.

Property tax assistance

  • Tax installments due dates deferred to August and October.
  • Penalty and interest for non-payment, and non-sufficient funds charges for returned payment will be waived until December 31, 2020.
  • Pre-authorized payment plans: Property owners must contact by the 15th of the month to opt-out before payment is set to withdraw.

Parking fees

  • Free parking in municipal lots and on-street parking in commercial districts.
  • Fees for monthly parking permit holders will be assessed on a monthly basis.
  • Enforcement to continue for safety and accessibility.

Digital Main Street Program

The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is helping small businesses reach more customers through the Digital Main Street platform. The new $57-million investment to the program includes:

For more information, visit the Online Tools page. 

Planning applications

  • Development applications received by March 18, 2020 are being processed.
  • Time sensitive inquires will be handled by Planning staff.
  • The town is now accepting planning, building and development permits electronically. Visit the Electronic Permits and Applications page for details.

Building permits and inspections

  • Building permit applications received by March 18, 2020 are being processed.
  • Staff are implementing a modified level of building inspections.
  • Development charge indexing effective April 1, 2020 will not apply to Part 9 residential building permits deemed complete by March 17th and Part 3 residential/ICI building permits deemed complete by March 3rd.
  • The town is now accepting planning, building and development permits electronically. Visit the Electronic Permits and Applications page for details.

Signage in commercial districts

Additional A-frame signage on town boulevards in the commercial districts will be allowed without a permit or fee for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Business license renewal

Existing business licenses that require renewal will be extended during the COVID-19 crisis.

Noise by-law

New Provincial legislation in response to COVID-19 restricts municipalities from regulating noise made in connection with the delivery of goods.

Information resources

Economic Development staff will continue respond to inquiries and provide up-to-date information and resources to the business community. Staff are available via phone or email to provide information and support.

Economic Task Force

The Oakville Economic Task Force will continue to collaborate and seek feedback from the business community in order to provide on-going support.

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