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September 03, 2021
Council this Week: Highlights from the September 8 County Council agenda

Workforce Readiness, Community Safety Zones, COVID-19 Survey and more

Download the full agenda for September 8, 2021

Workforce readiness attraction and retention

Oxford County Council will consider a request to partner in a campaign to address the workforce crisis in Oxford with a financial contribution of $10,000. In January 2020, estimates pegged Oxford County’s workforce shortage at more than 3,000 workers. A partnership of private and public-sector employers will spearhead the campaign to attract and retain young workers through an innovative marketing campaign, including virtual employer tours and video profiles, highlighted on the WorkInOxford website. The campaign will showcase two of Oxford County’s core services – Long-Term Care and Wastewater Treatment – as part of the recruitment efforts.

CAO 2021-04 – Workforce Readiness Attraction and Retention 

Community Safety Zone Criteria and Warrant Process – Revised

County Council will consider revised technical criteria to identify community safety zones across the County’s road network at the September 8 council meeting. Community safety zones are proposed as a traffic-calming measure on County roads and allow municipalities to issue increased fines within these areas to deter speeding. Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, municipalities have the authority to designate parts of a roadway as community safety zones where public safety is of particular concern, such as near schools, community and recreation centres, senior residences and high pedestrian traffic areas. The subject was deferred at the June 23, 2021, Council meeting to allow additional time for review by specific area municipalities.

PW 2021-31 – CSZ Criteria and Warrant Process - Revised

Oxford Response to COVID-19 survey

University of Guelph is working with Oxford County and more than 20 local partners to study how the pandemic has changed life for residents, including their health, wellbeing, social life, finances, and day-to-day living. The 20-minute survey, Oxford Response to COVID-19, will be online from early September until October 29 at Paper copies with prepaid return postage will also be mailed to all Oxford County households beginning this week. Oxford’s municipal and community partners receive study results and data for use in program planning and COVID-19 recovery initiatives, particularly those that relate to housing, mental health and addictions support, and income and food security.

CAO 2021-03 – Rural Response to COVID-19

Other reports and presentations

  • CP 2021-288 – Application for Official Plan Amendment OP 21-05-8 – 12502488 Canada Inc.
  • CP 2021-245 – Amendment to the Procedural By-law for the Oxford County Land Division Committee
  • HS 2021-11 – Affordable Housing Agreement Amendment – DKP Realty Holdings – 99 Albert Street East, Plattsville
  • CS 2021-31 – Policy Review – Proclamations Policy and Flag Protocol Policy
  • CS 2021-32 – Fees and Charges By-law Update
  • CS 2021-33 – North Street East Services Extension Project – Internal Long-term Debt Issue
  • CS 2021-34 – OILC Financing Application – Tillsonburg

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