Bending the (second-hand items) guidelines for The Oshawa Markets

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.

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