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Rob Burton

Rob Burton

Rob Burton is the mayor of Oakville, Ontario. He was elected as Mayor in 2006, and re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. Mr. Burton is best known in the business community as the creator of YTV. He has a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Columbia University.

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The Ontario government officially announced in mid-January it is undertaking a review of eight regional municipalities, which includes Halton Region. The government states it is taking steps to ensure that regional governments are working efficiently and effectively.

Council believes Oakville is a model of municipal efficiency and effectiveness. The review has the potential to lead to measures that could weaken Oakville’s strong and healthy finances and make our local government less efficient, effective, and connected to our residents.

Let your MPP know of your concerns.

Local Provincial Contact Information

Oakville South
MPP Stephen Crawford:
email: stephen.crawford@pc.ola.org
tel: 905-827-5141

Oakville North- Burlington
MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos:
email: effie.triantafilopoulos@pc.ola
tel: 905-825-2455

Changes proposed to the Growth Plan

The provincial government is proposing changes to the Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan that can impact how and where growth can happen in future.

These changes can result in a new round of urban sprawl in our communities, which in turn increases gridlock and lessens our ability to provide transit. As the review progresses, Council hopes the Province will realize that it has not been keeping up with its duty to support growth with the necessary schools, transportation infrastructure, transit and more.

Growth should pay for itself, and currently taxpayers are paying about 25 per cent of growth costs while developers profit. Council has been working hard to cut the rate of growth of Oakville’s population in half so we grow at a pace that does not strain Oakville’s infrastructure and greenspace.

Details of the Province’s proposed changes have been published on this page at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Your comments on these changes must be submitted prior to the February 28, 2019 deadline and can be provided by email to: growthplanning@ontario.ca

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