*Images based on design presented at Public Meeting December 7, 2017 and are subject to change.
The Digital Transformation Grant provides $2,500 to each qualifying business to purchase and adopt digital tools and technologies. There are only 2,000 one-time grants, apply now on the Digital Main Street website.
The Digital Service Squad is a free resource for businesses, helping build or enhance an online presence, promote products/services and sell online. There is no fee for this service. Even if a business is not interested in the Digital Transformation Grant, they can take advantage of this free service.
Social media can be a very powerful tool for business growth. In this fun and interactive workshop, we’ll look at the basics of today’s popular social media channels and decide which are right for you. Register
When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 8 a.m.–11 a.m.
Where: The Project Office, 193 Church Street, Oakville, ON L6J 5E6
Savvy businesses are using bootstrap digital marketing techniques to amplify their message online. In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn the tricks and tools needed to market your business effectively on a shoestring budget. Register
When: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 8 a.m.–11 a.m.
Where: The Project Office, 193 Church Street, Oakville, ON L6J 5E6
Building on the popularity of restaurant food delivery, a working partnership has been established with Canada's own Skip the Dishes. Downtown Oakville restaurants will have the opportunity to sign on with this independent service without having to pay the restaurant fee. Skip the Dishes will be advertising extensively throughout the construction period.
If your restaurant is interested in participating in this service, please contact Jenn Bada at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-271-4616 and let her know you are part of the "Downtown Oakville Program".
During the Lakeshore Road reconstruction, Council has approved a parking program to help attract customers and visitors to downtown Oakville.
Use the promo code DOWNTOWN in the Honk Mobile app to get your first hour of parking free at a metered space or in a municipal parking lot in downtown Oakville.
Parking at a metered space or in a municipal parking lot has always been free on Sundays and holidays. During the reconstruction, parking at a metered space or in a municipal parking lot will also be free on Saturdays.
The former fire station lot at the corner of Randall Street and Navy Street has been converted into a temporary parking lot to provide more parking options for visitors, customers and employees in downtown Oakville.
When Lakeshore Road is closed for construction, the side streets in the immediate blocks become temporary dead end streets. These streets will be converted to create more parking spaces by providing perpendicular parking along one side of the street. This will create more parking spaces for convenient access to the stores, restaurants and businesses near the road closure.
Parking will continue to be provided for visitors, customers and employees throughout downtown Oakville during the Lakeshore Road reconstruction project. Parking at the on-street metered spaces and in the municipal parking lots is free after 6 p.m. and all day on Sundays and holidays.
With the free Honk Mobile app, you can easily search, pay for and top up parking from a phone, tablet or computer. This payment option is easy and quick to use so you can get to where you want to go!
Set up is simple:
Use the Honk Mobile app and enter promo code DOWNTOWN to get your first hour of parking free at a metered space or in a municipal parking lot in downtown Oakville. This promotion is not available at the Church Street parkade or at the 20-minute quick stop meters.
You can make payment at the meter, however the free first hour is only available through the Honk Mobile app.
The first hour free promotion is available at the time of purchase only. A credit cannot be provided.
During the Lakeshore Road reconstruction project, parking is free on Saturdays at metered spaces and in municipal parking lots in downtown Oakville. This promotion is not available at the Church Street parkade.
The free Saturday parking is only available at the time you park. Refunds and credits are not provided.
Parking restrictions detailing how long you can park are posted on the meters or lot signs. All-day parking is limited to certain locations and lots. Visit the the parking pagefor more details.
The monthly-prepaid parking permits will continue during the Lakeshore Road reconstruction project. Employees of the downtown businesses should continue to leave the closest and most convenient parking spaces available for their customers and clients.
Parking regulations will continue to be enforced in downtown Oakville.
Trees have been removed as part of the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction project and will be replaced using a best practice technique called silva cells to ensure replacement trees are healthy and long lasting. A silva cell is a modular building block for containing unlimited amounts of healthy soil beneath paving while supporting traffic loads and accommodating surrounding utilities.
The silva cells are filled with high quality uncompacted soil to grow trees to maturity, allowing the tree roots to grow laterally and offers a much larger area for growth. This will help the trees to grow to maturity and eliminate the constant 7-10 year rotation that has been occurring on many of the street trees in the downtown area.
An extensive arborist study on these trees was completed in August 2018. The trees were not good candidates for transplanting because their shape and growth indicate that they were stressed.The overall condition of the trees ranged between fair and poor. Some signs of decline and defects were attributed to their restricted root environment. Their ‘girdling’ roots grew around the base of the tree, due to the inability to extend outwards. As well, the trees were planted in among a number of utilities, electrical vaults making the transplanting process extremely difficult.
With Lakeshore Road East coming to the end of its lifespan and needing a major reconstruction, the town undertook extensive research and public consultation to identify broader opportunities to improve traffic, beautify streets and improve pedestrian/cycle ways in the downtown.
In April 2018, Council approved the final design for the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. Reconstruction will be done in two phases: Phase 1 in 2019 (spring to fall) between Navy and Dunn streets, and phase 2 in 2020 (spring to fall) between Dunn and Allan streets.
The Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) was approved by Council in April 2015 which includes the Lakeshore Bridge Rehabilitation, the Two-Way Street Conversion, and the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. The DTS is part of the overall Downtown Plan.
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