Oshawa Council approved temporary exemptions to the strict second-hand goods regulations for The Oshawa Markets.
The Oshawa Markets, formerly The Pickering Markets, opened at 555 Simcoe St. S. in Oshawa on Saturday, Oct. 23. The Markets, originally a flea market, now hosts hundreds of small businesses and food vendors. The Markets moving into the long-vacant mall on Simcoe Street South was celebrated as a first step in revitalizing the area.
The City of Oshawa has a number of specific bylaw requirements for second-hand dealer licenses — including detailed rules for how the goods are acquired and how records are kept.
After The Oshawa Markets opened, Oshawa Council considered a request asking that licensing services staff work with the business to provide temporary exemptions to some of the second hand goods regulations that are a concern to the Market. Council approved the temporary exemption.
In 2022, city staff will be doing a review of the licensing bylaw to work with The Oshawa Markets on the second-hand goods regulations, while continuing to ensure the general intent of the rules.