Updated: Aug 14
Ward 4 is Oshawa’s most populous ward. Comprising the Central area of the City of Oshawa, Ward 4 includes the historic 4 corners of Downtown Oshawa, originally Skae’s Corners, and decades of growth and development expanding the Ward from the Whitby border on the west to Wilson Road on the east, from Gibb and Olive in the south to Rossland Road in the north. This makes Ward 4 Oshawa’s oldest Ward.
As our downtown core is now redeveloping into high-density, high-rise apartments and condos, the full evolution of Oshawa is represented in the communities within our fully developed Ward.
Amidst the neighbourhoods of Ward 4, we have a wealth of history and future.
It is imperative that we recognize the distinct communities in our Ward and understand that one size fits all thoughts and planning is not inclusive. We are a melting pot of culture, design, history, and community. This is what makes us such an unique and important Ward in the city of Oshawa.
Ward 4 IS Oshawa!
As Oshawa moves towards its 100th anniversary of becoming a City, Ward 4 represents the past, the present, and the future of Oshawa. The continued redevelopment of Ward 4, beginning with our downtown, will create many issues and opportunities over the future. Now is the time that we must take inventory of what Ward 4 has and is, what needs to be preserved for future generations, what needs to improve as we continue to grow.
Everything begins and ends in Ward 4.
Oshawa is often divided by public high school catchment areas and Ward 4 includes all or part of the catchment areas for Vanier, Central, McLaughlin, O’Neill, Eastdale, and the former Donevan.
Parkwood Estate, Alexandra Park, Oshawa Golf and Curling Club, Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens at Children’s Arena, Memorial Park, and the soon to be revitalized Rotary Pool are some of the more well-known natural and leisure areas long established in our community.
We are home to the original Oshawa General Hospital, now known as Lakeridge Health Oshawa housing the Durham Region Cancer Centre, Canada’s oldest and largest medical clinic, soon to be relocated to Whitby (the sight is rumoured to become more high-rise, high density housing), two Region of Durham Long Term Care facilities at Hillsdale, McLaughlin Branch of Oshawa Public Library, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Ontario Court of Justice, Trent University Durham and downtown campuses of Ontario Tech University and Durham College.
Ward 4 houses Ontario’s largest shopping centre east of Toronto. The Oshawa Centre, locally known as the OC has hosted the Oshawa Centre Farmers Market since 1959. Ward 4 was also the first location of Costco in Oshawa but has a long history of retail shopping establishments since the days of the historic 4 Corners.
Arts and Culture are a huge part of Ward 4 from the Canadian Automotive Museum, a former Oakland Automotive dealership and former Oshawa Motor Services location, two remaining historic theatres, the Regent and Biltmore theatres, to city owned McLaughlin Branch of the Oshawa Public Library, Robert McLaughlin Gallery and the bandshell at Memorial Park, the Ontario Regiment armouries, historic downtown murals, and numerous local pubs and bars offering live music.
Part of the community of Ward 4 are our places of worship, from the oldest in the City, Simcoe Street United Church, to some of the most beautiful and includes synagogues and mosques. The Church community brought about the Oshawa Church Hockey League in 1947 which currently still supports and organizes local house league and select hockey programs in Oshawa in conjunction with the NASC and OCCNA, all of which were developed here in Ward 4.
Development of Ward 4
The ’suburbs’ of Ward 4 include the development of now mature subdivisions with small parks and green spaces, limited commercial development except on major arteries, varying degrees of planning that has left some communities with large front yards, some with large back yards and some with almost no yards. Many are identified by builder names, showing the history of development by such as Kassinger, Braemore, Kings Valley, Annapolis Valley, Corbet Hill and so on, each with its own unique designs and attributes.
While the central part of the Ward was built primarily on a grid pattern of streets, many of the outer neighbourhoods have the passive street alignments meant to calm traffic but are sometimes less accessible to modern day transit systems. As these neighbourhoods continue to evolve with changing ownership and demographics, we need to monitor, maintain, plan and improve the surrounding amenities and infrastructure of these individual communities.
Current available development lands in Ward 4 are primarily remaining brownfield redevelopments such as the Fittings property south of Bruce Street and currently approved for redevelopment by Medallion Corporation, the southeast corner of Ritson and Adelaide presently in early mixed use development, and the future Richmond Street project.
Intensification efforts in the downtown such as the Atria developments at Bond and Mary, Division Steet, and the former Canada Post building will focus on knock down and rebuilding in higher use development, but we are pleased to see the effort to retain the designated façade of the Post Office, the revitalized Genosha, and more emphasis on historic repurposing.
Over time, these trends to densify non-downtown neighbourhoods of Ward 4 will start affecting your community. Now is the time to consider those effects, plan for the future, and be part of the process.
Your Ward 4 voice at the City and Region.
Public participation will be an important part of the representation you deserve on City and Regional Council. Please feel free to let me know what matters in your community so that I can best serve the residents of Ward 4.
Let’s start the process of being heard now.
Contact Jeff Davis, Candidate for Regional and City Council, Ward 4