As we start a new year, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped to shape our year in a most significant way. We value our relationship with our members and look forward to working with you in 2014. We wish you a very happy holiday season and a new year filled with peace and prosperity.

As of 6:00 p.m. today (Monday, December 23), Oshawa PUC has restored the city’s major power lines. There are, however, isolated pockets where up to 2,000 customers could continue to experience prolonged power outages. Oshawa PUC is working continuously to restore power to these areas, which could take up to 72 hours. In addition, a significant amount of ice accumulation remains on many trees in the city, which could cause branches/limbs to fall resulting in new power outages. 

Customers impacted by either of the above circumstances should contact Oshawa PUC directly at 905-723-4623 or alternatively by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Oshawa PUC hydro crews worked throughout the night to restore power. As of 7:30 a.m. this morning (Monday, December 23), hydro has been restored to the majority of Oshawa residents; however, there are still approximately 4,000 customers without power.

Oshawa PUC crews continue to work diligently with the goal of having power restored progressively to its customers by the end of the day, subject to no significant weather changes and additional falling tree branches and limbs onto hydro lines.

The Legends Centre, located at 1661 Harmony Road North, continues to be open as a warming centre for residents who have been without power and heat. The Legends Centre is pet-friendly although residents who are bringing a pet(s) to the warming centre are reminded to bring the pet(s) leash or harness and/or carrier.
All City of Oshawa recreation facilities are open and programs are being provided as scheduled. Waste collection is operating as scheduled; however, waste collection operators anticipate some difficulty collecting from all areas today due to the inability of refuse vehicles to access some streets because of the impact of the storm. If your refuse has not been collected by the end of the day, please return it to your premises and place it out for pick up on your next scheduled collection day and the four-bag limit will be waived.

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The City of Oshawa suffered significant losses of trees due to the ice storm and branches and trees continue to fall as a result of the ice accumulation. The City’s network of recreational trails is closed until further notice due to ice covered paths and fallen trees.

Residents are reminded to exercise extreme caution around all trees and to avoid trees with broken branches / hanging limbs and power lines as a hanging power line could be charged (live) and you would run the risk of electrocution.

Residents are not to clear trees from roads, sidewalks, boulevards and power lines. To report fallen trees on power lines, contact the OPUC at 905-723-4623 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For fallen City boulevard and park trees, contact Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Fallen trees on private property are the responsibility of the homeowner, unless they are impacting a power line.

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Mark Shuwera, Executive Director of Simcoe Hall Settlement House was overwhelmed with the generosity of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce members who brought donations to the Chamber’s Annual Christmas Wine & Cheese, held on December 3 at the Ontario Regiment. All toys and non perishable food items were given to Simcoe Hall Settlement House to help make their Christmas promise to families in need in our community a reality. There is still a need for more! We are on a mission to fill Bob’s Equinox for a second time! You can drop off your donation to the Chamber office at 44 Richmond Street West in Oshawa, any time, Monday to Friday, 9AM to 5PM.