Oshawa asks local institutions to track off-campus student housing

February 23, 2011

On Tuesday, Oshawa city council voted 9-1 to ask Durham College, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and Trent University to "establish a mechanism" to identify where students are living, while at the same time protecting their privacy. The councillor who opposed the idea worries the date will create "hysteria" in neighbourhoods that are seeing an influx of students, and says there is no way to guarantee students' privacy. Oshawa's mayor is in favour of tracking where students live, as it will help the city plan for future development, he says. The mayor says the city is just looking for aggregated numbers, not specifics like names and addresses. Durham Region News