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Mayor Rick Goldring

Mayor’s State of the City Address: Burlington is safe, economically strong and ready for the future, says Mayor Goldring

Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2018 09:15 AM

Burlington, Ont. – Feb. 1, 2018—Burlington is a safe and healthy city with a high quality of life, a strong economy and a plan for the future, Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring told a crowd of more than 400 people this morning.

The mayor was speaking at his eighth annual Mayor’s State of the City Address held at the Burlington Convention Centre and hosted by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Goldring gave a 20-minute address, followed by a moderated question-and-answer session. The address and session are available on Facebook.

Here are some highlights of Mayor Goldring’s address:

Quality of Life

  • MoneySense Magazine has recognized Burlington as the best mid-sized city in which to live in Canada for five years in a row.
  • Halton Region, where Burlington is located, is the safest region in Canada. In Burlington alone, crime dropped by 31 per cent drop over the past five years.
  • Burlington has a healthy and resilient economy. Last year, there were more than 1,200 jobs, an increase of 88 per cent...

Burlington's 2018 Budget - Community Investments

Burlington City Council approves 2018 operating budget with strategic community investments to improve transit and renew aging infrastructure

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 09:45 AM

Burlington, Ont. – Jan. 31, 2018—Burlington City Council has approved the city’s 2018 operating budget with a 4.36 per cent increase in the city’s portion of property taxes. Combined with tax increases from Halton Region and the boards of education, the overall tax increase is 2.55 per cent or $ 20.27 per $100,000 of a home’s current value assessment.

The 2018 operating budget focuses on:

  • Investing in infrastructure and maintenance - in accordance with the city’s Asset Management Plan, the dedicated infrastructure levy has been increased by 1.25 per cent or $1.9 million. Of the $160.1 million collected through the tax levy, $34.72 million will fund the capital program and renewing Burlington’s aging infrastructure.

  • Transit and transportation – strategic investments to improve the city’s transit service, including $1.55 million for changes in transit to provide operational sustainability and to improve reliability of the service.

  • Community investment and growth – to provide an additional investment...

City of Burlington to declare a ‘Snow Event’ beginning midnight, Jan. 30, 2018

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 11:30 AM

The City of Burlington is declaring Jan. 30, 2018 a “snow event”, beginning at midnight. All snow plows and salt trucks will be dispatched throughout the city.

Environment Canada is forecasting 15 cm of snow to fall between Monday, Jan. 29 and Tuesday, Jan. 30.

As of midnight, and during the snow event, all vehicles parked on the street must be removed and parking exemptions are void. Failure to remove vehicles from residential roads could result in being ticketed or possibly towed to allow snow plows and other heavy machinery to safely navigate the narrow streets.

Cars will be towed at the owner’s expense.

If residents notice a vehicle on their street, they are encouraged to kindly ask the owner to remove the vehicle or call Parking Control during business hours at 905-335-7816 (Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) or after-hours, Halton Regional Police Service at 905-878-5511. (Ask for "dispatch" and police will send a parking officer).

Residents are also asked for their patience...

Mayor’s State of the City Address includes audience participation

Posted on Monday, January 22, 2018 05:15 AM

Mayor Rick Goldring’s eighth annual Mayor’s State of the City Address, hosted by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, will include many opportunities for audience participation.

The address takes place starting at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Burlington Convention Centre. Mayor Goldring will speak to a crowd of more than 400 about how Burlington continues to be a vibrant city, one of Canada’s safest cities, and the No. 1 mid-sized city in Canada, according to MoneySense.

Mayor Goldring will share positive economic news, and talk about how the economic development team will attract employers to our city. He will outline how Burlington is growing, how we continue to say no to urban sprawl and how Burlington protects what matters most to those who live and work in this city.

The Mayor’s State of the City Address will include:

  • Opening speech by Mayor Goldring
  • Moderated questions and answers (submitted)
  • Moderated questions and answers (live)


Mayor Rick Goldring

“Burlington’s State of the...

Robbie Burns Road Race Closures

Robbie Burns Road Race Temporary Road Closures

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2018 06:00 AM

On Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, there will be some temporary road closures and lane closures for the Robbie Burns Road Race. Minor traffic delays can be expected.

Road Closures

7 to 11 a.m. - Baldwin Street west of Hurd Avenue

9:15 to 9:45 a.m. - Baldwin Street from Hurd Avenue to Brant Street

Lane Closures

Locust Street, northbound, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

All remaining streets on race route will have one lane coned-off for runners from 9 to 11 a.m.