Sunday, November 22, 2015 9:00 am ·  5 Comments
After four years of construction, our new state-of-the-art Oakville Hospital officially open on December 13, 2015. Are you interested in learning about what will be happening to the former hospital site after the OTMH moves to its new location?
On Wednesday, November 25th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Oakville Town Hall, there will be an Open House to find out what needs to take place over the next five years.
The OTMH site was part of the town’s overall South Central Public Lands Study (SCPLS) — which reviewed a number of key sites, owned by the town, in south central Oakville (e.g. surplus school sites, Oakville Arena) and made recommendations about their future use, including recreation. This Open House is the first step towards the town’s commitment to further assess the former hospital site and report back on site design details, public consultation, and implementation steps.
Official Response on housing refugees at OTMH
Regarding comments of the OTMH site being used to house Syrian refugees, Mayor Rob Burton issued the following statement, “the legacy OTMH will not be decommissioned until March 31, 2016. The Town of Oakville owns the site and leases it to Halton Healthcare. Decisions about its use require Council approval. The Town’s current plan, once in possession, is to conduct environmental, heritage and site assessments before substantive demolition takes place.”
Recent remarks from Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins’ said that the provincial government is looking at temporary housing options to address the potential influx of refugees. Minister Hoskins noted that this may include decommissioned hospitals such as the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) legacy building. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care later confirmed that there are no concrete plans at the moment and that Minister Hoskins’ remarks were only examples of possibilities the Ministry is investigating.
“Ontario remains committed to resettling and integrating refugees from Syria. We are ready to support the work of the federal government and we continue to work closely with our federal partners. Ontario announced in September that we would help resettle at least 10,000 refugees and we remain committed to doing our part to help resettle as many refugees as possible, as quickly as possible. The province is looking at a number of options to help resettle refugees and continue to look where there is capacity. No decisions have been made at this time and it would premature to speculate about the existing OTMH as an option.” Kevin Flynn, MPP Oakville
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