About Mayor Goldring

Mayor of Burlington, Ontario

January/February 2017 Progress Report

Mayor Rick Goldring speaks with Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault, Minister and Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon and Burlington Hydro President & CEO Gerry Smallegange during a recent visit at Burlington Hydro about initiatives like Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations that support smart community energy planning.

Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.

Committee of the Whole – Monday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.

Committee of the Whole – Workshop – Thursday, March 2 at 1 p.m.

Planning and Development Committee – Public Meeting – Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Burlington City Council – Monday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

State of the City 2017

I was pleased to share my seventh State of the City Address in January with a crowd of more than 400 people at the Burlington Convention Centre. In my address, I spoke about how the city is supporting businesses and local jobs, planning for new development in key areas while ensuring the movement of people and goods across the city, and fostering a sense of community through neighbourhood initiatives. Our city has prospered, but we have more work to do. With continued leadership and vision, combined with the ongoing input and support of the community, we can make further progress on building a great city. Continue reading

Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – March meeting

The next meeting of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee is set for Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Rooms 305 and 307 at Burlington City Hall, 426 Brant Street.

The guest speaker is the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Eleanor McMahon. She also serves as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Burlington.

Committee members and the public are welcome.

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Opening Soon: Burlington’s Innovation Centre

Economic development is critically important for Burlington.

In 2016, Canadian Business and PROFIT listed Burlington in the top 10 on its annual list of Canada’s Best Places for Business.

It cited the fact we have a low unemployment rate, strong connectivity to major markets and a well-educated population as driving economic factors.

This independent recognition reminds us that we already have a thriving economy. The Burlington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is leveraging these assets every day.

To foster economic development, it is important to adapt to a changing market.

In a 2016 report, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce identified a critical gap in Canada’s business growth strategy. Here in Canada we are starting many businesses, but they are not growing into large organizations.

We also know from Industry Canada that more than 40 per cent of new jobs in Canada come from companies less than five years old.

Aligned with the City of Burlington’s strategic vision of A City That Grows, the BEDC developed an innovation and entrepreneurship strategy in 2016. It is focused on strengthening local support for entrepreneurs across the region. Continue reading

2017 Budget

At the January 23 Burlington City Council meeting, council approved the City of Burlington’s 2017 operating budget.

The tax rate increase for the City of Burlington portion is 4.42% and the overall tax rate increase, which includes the effect of taxes at the region and school boards is 2.56%.

The City portion includes a 2.09% increase to cover increasing commodity and compensation costs and 1.58% increase to help address the $130 million infrastructure gap. The balance of the increase (.81%) was for enhanced services that include: additional resources for tree service, project management resources and improved play field maintenance.

The increased investment ($254,000) in tree service is required to meet current levels of service for inspections, removals, stumping, planting, watering, etc. Our urban trees are a tremendous asset to all of us. They act as an air filter, they absorb carbon dioxide emissions, provide a cooling effect in the summer and add to the aesthetics of the city.

The additional resources ($550,000) for project management will assist the city in becoming more effective in how the many projects including those related to our strategic plan, are implemented. Our City Manager will direct how this funding is used and he will be reporting back to council on a regular basis. Without the investment, project work would be more expensive and not as timely.

Our play field user groups have pointed out to us that the maintenance service that the city provides for play fields is inferior to all our neighbouring municipalities. Staff were recommending that we increase the service in 2018, however council has decided to provide partial funding ($200,000) in 2017 in order to see some improvement this year. Continue reading

Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee – January Update

Members of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee shared their ideas of desirable features at mobility hubs with staff.

Guest blog by Mark McGuire and Chris Ritsma, Co-Chairs of the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Committee.

Mayor Rick Goldring’s Millennial Advisory Committee met for their first meeting of the New Year at the Aldershot Arena Community room on Thursday, Jan. 12. The committee welcomed Councillor Rick Craven, as well as Jenna Puletto and Sam Romlewski of the City of Burlington’s planning department. The theme of the January 2017 meeting was Mobility Hubs and Redevelopment, with Aldershot’s Plains Road as a case study. Continue reading