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Final report recommends five wards for Oshawa

The options for Oshawa’s future ward system have been narrowed down to two by consultants. These two five-ward options will be presented to councillors on June 15. (Graphics courtesy of the City of Oshawa)

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The final report in Oshawa’s ward boundary review is in and when it comes before councillors in a special meeting next week they are left to choose from two options, both of which consist of five wards.

The recommendations, released late Thursday, are made by consultants Watson and Associates along with Robert Williams, and are the culmination of a lengthy consultation process and a series of public open houses that saw options for 10 and mixed-ward systems presented.

According to the report, the five-ward system was the best option.

“Both Options presented effectively address the expectations for a successful ward system identified in the Guiding Principles by providing wards that are reasonably balanced in population now and over the next three elections,” the report reads. “While accommodating a significant geographic community of interest (rural Oshawa) and the diverse urban neighbourhoods across the City.”

Councillors will make a decision on the final system during a special meeting on June 15 at 6:30 p.m. 

Further reading on the ward boundary review:

Citizens have spoken, they want five wards

Your ward system cheat sheet

Open house attendees prefer five wards