The Economic Development department remains committed to working closely with local businesses and partners to support economic recovery in Oakville.
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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.
Through the Commercial Recovery Initiative, a new patio program has been launched for 2020.
To apply for the 2020 patio program, visit the town's patio application page.
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.
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:
Small businesses and artists can apply to the ShopHERE Program to have an online Shopify store created at no cost. Digital Main Street funding has been allocated to the Program to make selling online quick and easy for small businesses across Ontario.
The Digital Main Street Squad is a resource for small businesses to help build or enhance an online presence, promote products/services and sell online. This service is free for Oakville BIA members. For information, please contact email@example.com.
To access free online tools and webinars for small business in Ontario, visit Digital Main Street Events.
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.
Existing business licenses that require renewal will be extended during the COVID-19 crisis.
New Provincial legislation in response to COVID-19 restricts municipalities from regulating noise made in connection with the delivery of goods.
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.
The Oakville Economic Task Force will continue to collaborate and seek feedback from the business community in order to provide on-going support.