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City wants feedback on rentals, accessibility

The City of Oshawa is undertaking an industry and public stakeholder consultation to discuss licensing standards for short-term rentals and related-companies such as AirBnb operating within the city.

In this case, short-term rentals refers to properties that are rented out as temporary accommodations for consecutive periods of 28 days or less, and the total number of days rented does not exceed a combined total of 180 days in a calendar year. This consultation excludes existing standards found in current zoning by-laws.

Residents, short-term rental operators as well as companies are invited to provide feedback via a survey online at, in person at Service Oshawa (located at city hall, 50 Centre Street South), or discuss the topic in-person with city staff on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at City Hall, 50 Centre Street South, and 6:30 to 8 p.m. to Delpark Homes Centre (formerly Legends Centre), 1661 Harmony Road North.

Feedback will be received until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 and considered in the development of regulatory licensing standards that will be presented to Corporate Services Committee.

The city is also seeking public consultation on the accessibility of city programs, services and facilities.

Feedback can be provided online at, or in person at Service Oshawa.

City staff will also be present at the following locations throughout the month:

– Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Donevan Recreation Complex, 171 Harmony Road South

– Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northview Community Centre, 150 Beatrice Street

– Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the South Oshawa Community Centre, 1455 Centre Street

– Thursday, Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Delpark Homes Centre, 1661 Harmony Road North.

Feedback gathered will be reviewed during the development of the 2019-2023 plan scheduled to be brought to council in June 2019.