Holiday Greetings


Christmas Card smallerFor many people in our community, the holidays are a time when they are especially motivated by a desire to make their community a better place to live and to make a difference to the lives of others.

I have always been aware of the wonderful community spirit here in the City of Burlington.

In what has been a very challenging year for our community, I have to acknowledge the incredible kindness and support that our residents have shown one another.

I have truly witnessed the incredible heart and soul of our community this year and am very grateful to call Burlington home.

Every single Burlington resident plays a role in making our City even more special.

Over the holiday season, I hope you have the opportunity to gather with your family and friends and enjoy a little of what Burlington has to offer.

Enjoy a stroll downtown to take in the Lakeside Festival of Lights and to see the retailers dressed for the holidays, skate on any of our indoor or outdoor rinks, enjoy the seasonally-inspired events at the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, or gather to watch thousands of ‘Santas’ running through our streets .

On behalf of my family, Council and staff, I wish you and your family the best for a happy, healthy holiday season and a very merry Christmas.


Mayor Rick Goldring, Inaugural Address 2014


Inaugural Meeting 2014-2Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Burlington Performing Arts Centre for the inaugural meeting of the 2014-2018 Burlington City Council.

At this time, I would like to acknowledge some of the special guests that are with us this evening.

  • Burlington MPP – Eleanor McMahon
  • Halton Region CAO – Jane MacCaskill
  • Interim City Manager – Pat Moyle
  • General Manager of Development and Infrastructure – Scott Stewart
  • The Senior Management Team of the City of Burlington

I also want to acknowledge and thank:

  • Hayley Verrall for her great rendition of O Canada
  • The Venerable Dr. Steve Hopkins from St. Christopher’s Church for doing the invocation
  • The Honourable Mr. Justice Dale Fitzpatrick for commissioning the declarations of office
  • The Burlington Concert Band’s Saxophone Ensemble – Sax’nSyn
  • Rob Bennett and the World Renowned Burlington Teen Tour Band
  • Special Keynote Speaker – “Dr.” Ron Foxcroft
  • Staff of the Clerk’s Office and Mayor’s Office for organizing the inaugural meeting tonight.

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November 2014 Progress Report


First of all, I want to take this opportunity to thank the people of Burlington for “extending my contract” for another 4 years. Each and every day, it is an honour and privilege to serve as mayor. I do not take this job lightly and I continue to work hard at improving my performance. I am very pleased to re-connect with you and provide this post-election update. I look forward to continuing to send out regular progress reports for the next term as one way of updating you on what Council and staff are working on at the City. I want to continue the dialogue with Burlington residents and encourage you to reach out to me and the Mayor’s office on any issues that may arise. You can reach me via email at, phone at 905-335-7607, or through my social media channels. Continue reading


City of Burlington looking for volunteers for boards and committees


On Wednesday evening, the City of Burlington will be hosting a Volunteer Open House to recruit volunteers for the city’s committees and boards. Current volunteers are also invited to attend as a networking and learning opportunity. The City’s committees and boards are important to Council and the entire city; the decisions and input the committees make affect our decisions at Council.

Getting involved with our committees and boards is a great way to be engaged in City decisions and to shape your own community, now and for generations to come. Your ideas, passion, and engagement are vital to helping us continue to build a city  that works to provide the best in vibrant neighborhoods, prosperity and excellence in governance.

According to the most recent Stats Canada report, in 2010, more than 13.3 million people in Canada—about 47 per cent of Canadians aged 15 and older—did volunteer work in 2010. They devoted more than two billion hours to their volunteer activities. What amazing commitment.

Volunteering is contagious. When you care enough to do something about the situation before you, you inspire others with your example. Nowhere has this been more evident in our community this year than in the level of commitment and energy shown by our residents who helped each other after the flood and subsequent clean up in August.

There are many committees and boards to become involved with where you can contribute your time and talents and I encourage you to come out on Wednesday evening and find an area that you are passionate about and speak with one of our current volunteers or staff members to learn more.

The event details are as follows:

Wednesday, November 19, 2104
Burlington Public Library – Central Branch
2331 New St., Burlington
6:30 to 8 p.m.

The program will also include a panel discussion on the value of volunteering followed by networking and a display showcase.

The city’s volunteer groups and advisory committees participating in the Open House include:

  • Burlington Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Burlington’s Best Awards Committee (formerly the Burlington Civic Recognition Committee)
  • Committee of Adjustment
  • Burlington Cycling Advisory Committee
  • Burlington Inclusivity Advisory Committee
  • Burlington Mundialization Committee
  • Burlington Public Library Board
  • Burlington Sustainable Development Advisory Committee
  • Heritage Burlington Advisory Committee
  • Burlington Seniors’ Advisory Committee
  • Festivals and Events – Canada Day and Christmas Parade Committee
  • Museums of Burlington Board and Doors Open Volunteer Organizing Committee
  • ChAT – Community Engagement Charter Action Team
  • Burlington Downtown Parking Advisory Committee

I would like to thank all the volunteer members of our committees and boards – past, present and future. You invest every day in making Burlington a better place to live, work and play.



Province of Ontario approves ODRAP Application for City of Burlington


I am so pleased to share that earlier this week the Province approved the application by the City of Burlington for the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program, with a commitment of up to $3 million dollars, matching 2 to 1 the monies raised locally.

On hand for the announcement Monday at City Hall, were Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon and Halton MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris, along with Chair Gary Carr, Colleen Mulholland from the Burlington Community Foundation and Ron Foxcroft, Chair of the Burlington Community Foundation Disaster Relief Committee.

flood-relief-bannerOn behalf of Council, I offer my thanks to everyone who committed their time and energy into supporting Burlington’s residents, working tirelessly to advocate for our community and fundraise for those whose lives have been dramatically impacted by the floods.

There were many media outlets present at the announcement. Please click on the links below for additional coverage of this story.

The local fundraising campaign ends on November 14th through the Burlington Community Foundation. The applications for losses and damages will continue to be accepted by the Burlington Community Foundation until December 15th. Anyone who wishes to file for funding relief is encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

Finally, I would like to thank the community for their resilience, patience and their support of one another; from neighbourhood fundraisers, to businesses who held special events, to our service organizations and corporations for their donations, and to the individuals who have contributed in many ways. Burlington is a city with a big heart.

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