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Oshawa website wins OVATION Award

May 20, 2016  
Posted by: Jacqueline O'Hara
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Once again, Oshawa's website has been recognized for its communication excellence receiving an OVATION Award of Merit by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Toronto Chapter.

The City of Oshawa received an IABC/Toronto OVATION Award in the Digital Content Category for the redevelopment of the City's new website which launched in May 2015. The City's award submission showcased multi-faceted marketing and communication elements including technical skills such as editing, writing, design and multimedia production. The submission also highlighted the City's website strategic alignment, the creative process undertaken and outlined measureable results.

"We are very proud to have been acknowledged for the outstanding work that City staff completed on this major project," said Councillor Amy McQuaid-England, Chair of the Corporate Services Committee. "We also appreciate the input received from the community that helped shape the new website's design, organization of information and web content. We welcome continued feedback to help strengthen the City's online presence."

The City's website is also accessible and mobile friendly, meaning that the site will resize accordingly to the device being used. The majority of the City's website content was rewritten and reorganized to make it easier to find information. Additional website features include:

  • Prominent search function
  • Homepage pop-up menus
  • Business & Investment section
  • Parks & Facility look-up tool
  • Directory of local businesses and organizations
  • Bids & Tenders
  • Events & Meetings Calendar

Additionally, all these features and more are captured in a video, which was created to provide residents with a visual tour of the website. The video is available on the "OshawaCity" YouTube channel.

Input from residents, business leaders and community partners was integral in shaping the City website's design, organization of information and top priorities for web content. The City would like to continue an open dialogue with residents to improve the website. Users can easily connect with the City through social media and online chat directly from the top of each webpage. On the bottom of every webpage is contact information for Service Oshawa, as well as a Feedback Form for users to provide comments to help improve the City's website

IABC was founded in 1970 and currently operates in more than 80 countries, with more than 100 chapters worldwide. IABC/Toronto is recognized as the association's largest chapter in the world with more than 1,500 members. The prestigious IABC/Toronto OVATION awards recognize outstanding achievements of communication professionals and organizations located in the Greater Toronto Area. For more information, visit

For more information :

City of Oshawa
50 Centre St S
Oshawa, Ontario
Canada, L1H 3Z7