The town is in the Red-Control level under the new provincial COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. Provincial orders remain in effect and we must all follow public health guidelines.
In September 2009, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) announced it had accepted TransCanada's bid to build a 900 megawatt natural gas-fired power generation facility on Ford-owned lands in southeast Oakville, near Royal Windsor and Ford Drives. This development acted as a catalyst for the town to take more direct action to address a growing concern in the Oakville community: poor air quality.
In June, 2010, an action plan for the Oakville-Clarkson Airshed was released by the Chair of the Oakville-Clarkson Airshed Task Force, Dr. David Balsillie. The report's fourth recommendation calls for all applications for provincial Certificates of Approval for new industrial activities that will increase polluting emissions within the airshed, including the proposed TransCanada power plant, to be considered in light of the current capacity of the airshed.
On October 7, 2010, the Ontario Government announced the cancellation of the proposed Oakville Generating Station.
In January 2011, TransCanada formally requested that the town close all of its planning and development applications related to its proposal to build the Oakville Generating Station. In addition, TransCanada and Ford Motor Company of Canada withdrew all of their appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in connection with the Oakville site.
The Town of Oakville is committed to improving air quality in the Oakville-Clarkson airshed. Given the concerns residents have raised regarding air quality in Oakville and the impact of the proposed 900 megawatt TransCanada power plant, the town undertook a number of initiatives to protect the health of our community:
TransCanada produced a draft Environmental Review Report (ERR) and supporting technical documents for public review since February 9, 2010. The final ERR was released on October 7, 2010, for public review and comment for a 75-day period; however, it was withdrawn after the province made the announcement to cancel the power plant project in Oakville. Copies of the supporting documents listed on this page can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.