As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the town of Oakville is laying off more than 800 part-time staff effective Monday, April 6.
The decision came with the recent announcement that the town would be cancelling all Spring recreation and culture programs, cancelling sports field and facility rentals until the end of May, and extending the closure of all town facilities.
“The town is continuing to work closely with the province, the region and local businesses to support actions to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the community and we will reopen parks and facilities only when it is safe to do so,” said Mayor Rob Burton.
The town says it will begin bringing back staff once recovery efforts have begun.
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“This was not an easy decision to make and we recognize that this will have a significant impact on the lives of our employees and their families,” said the town’s Acting CAO Jane Clohecy. “This decision reflects the very challenging impact that COVID-19 is having on our services and on our community.”
“We are reviewing our level of services weekly and will bring back additional services as soon as it is safe and practical to do so,” Clohecy added.
Full refunds will be provided to residents already registered in Spring programs.
For more information on how Oakville is responding to COVID-19, click here.