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Council Highlights provides an update with the most important information discussed at the previous Council meeting. To learn more, view upcoming meetings or watch past Council meetings.

What happened at the Council Meeting on November 22: 

Newmarket prepares for the Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD) management in 2022

Following a successful 2021 Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD) public outreach and educational campaign, Newmarket Council continues to support mitigation measures to help limit the effects of LDD in our community with the approval of a 2022 LDD Management Program.

Newmarket along with many parts of York Region experienced a severe infestation of Lymantria Dispar Dispar (LDD).

During a population outbreak, large numbers of caterpillars feed on the leaves of trees. With more than 50% of the Newmarket's tree canopy being private, the Town engaged residents to provide them helpful information related to LDD. This includes but is not limited to, information on the website, helpful hints, an interactive map to track the LDD population in Newmarket, best practices for controlling the caterpillars during each lifecycle, educational videos and educational workshops at the Farmers' Market. Newmarket also provided over 2,100 free banding kits in June of 2021 to residents which was very well-received.

As Newmarket prepares for the upcoming 2022 season, the Town hopes to continue its educational and public outreach efforts. Learn more about LDD in Newmarket by visiting

Newmarket Council adopts an Official Plan Amendment for the Upper Canada Mall Master Plan

Newmarket Council continues to support growth in the Town's Urban Growth Centres through the adoption of an Official Plan Amendment for a long-term revitalization of Upper Canada Mall.

The master plan for the area is expected to take place in phases over the next 30-40 years and will include a mixed-use and vibrant community that features park spaces, commercial opportunities, approximately 5,000 residential units, 9,700m2 of non-residential space, a new road system and approximately 4,500 parking spaces. At full build-out the redeveloped space will include approximately 1.8ha in three new public parks; including a new almost 1ha Iconic Park at the corner of Yonge and Davis. At this time, while the Official Plan Amendment has been adopted by Newmarket, it will be considered by York Region for approval. Learn more by viewing the report.

Newmarket Council re-instates the Off-Street Parking Program

Newmarket Council re-instates the Off-Street Parking program to assist residents who require overnight parking while winter parking restrictions are in effect between the hours of 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. This program was first introduced in 2020 during the pandemic to assist residents who had additional vehicles at their residence. In 2021, due to increased parking demands, and the lingering effects of COVID-19, Council decided to re-instate the program to assists residents further. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit:  

Council Highlights for November 1

2022 Budget: Planning for a future-ready Newmarket 

Newmarket Council continues to plan for a future-ready Newmarket while being fiscally responsible in 2022 Budget planning process. Council reviewed the 2022 Capital Budget that proposes $30.3 million in expenditures in 2022. Over $7 million of that will go to road rehabilitation, maintenance and replacement. Other projects include an outdoor rink at Ray Twinney Recreation Complex, Fire Station 4-5 construction, work on the Mulock Park and more. To learn more, please view the full report.

Newmarket is also currently asking residents to participate in an upcoming 2022 Budget Facebook Live event on November 16 at 7 p.m. to learn more about the budget. Residents can also have their say by participating in the online survey. All participants will be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card to a local Newmarket business. Learn more at 

62 Bayview Parkway: Future home to affordable rental housing 

Newmarket Council is proud to continue to offer affordable housing options for everyone by partnering with York Region by exploring the redevelopment of 62 Bayview Parkway. At the Council meeting, York Region updated Council on the building that is expected to generate between 115 and 250 affordable and market rental housing that services the entire community including families, and singles.

The new development will take approximately four years to complete and is subject to municipal planning approvals and federal and/or provincial funding assistance. This timeline allows for comprehensive planning, design and tendering processes, and an anticipated two-year construction phase. The final design will be determined through the planning process with input from the public through an engagement process.
The full presentation can be found here. More information on the project can be viewed on York Region’s webpage. 

Newmarket Council continues to further the Town’s Digital Transformation Study in order to provide a more digital and accessible Newmarket for the community. 

At the most recent Council Meeting, Council received an update from the Town’s consultant Strategy Corp. The presentation shared the vision, guiding principles, barriers and risks that staff may experience with the project. The next steps will be for Strategy Corp to refine core findings based on Council’s feedback, further define the operational plans and complete the strategy. The final strategy is expected to be presented to Council at the November 15 Committee of the Whole meeting. Learn more by viewing the presentation. 

Council Highlights for September 20 and October 12

2022 Draft Budget 

At the Council meeting, Newmarket Council received a report regarding the 2022 Capital and Operating Budget. In May 2021, staff tabled a report (2022 Budget Target and Process) which proposed a 2.99% tax rate increase. However, in an effort to keep Newmarket's taxes approximately 10 per cent below the GTA average while ensuring the Town continues to deliver exceptional services, Council directed staff to find efficiencies and reductions to bring the proposed tax increase down to a 1.99% increase for the tax-supported operating budget.

Rate-supported operating budgets are prepared in alignment with the Water and Wastewater six-year financial plans and the Stormwater six-year financial plan.

In preparing the 2022 budget, the following guiding principles were considered:  

  • Align to Council priorities with the vision of long-term financial sustainability  
  • Implement various recommendations from Fiscal Strategy
  • Maintain existing service levels  
  • Deliver a fiscally prudent budget 

The capital budget will be subject to the availability of funding and operational capacity. Decision packages will be finalized and distributed prior to the next Special Committee of the Whole meeting on October 18, 2021. For more information on the 2022 budget, please visit

Vaccination Requirements

With COVID-19 cases rising throughout York Region and the province and the Delta variant continuing to cause significant concerns, the Town continues to take steps to protect the health and safety of the Newmarket community and Town staff. 

Vaccination Policy for staff, Council and volunteers

The Town of Newmarket has finalized its vaccination policy for staff, volunteers and members of Council that will require full vaccination* by November 1, 2021. Newmarket Council had previously directed staff to draft a policy that was ratified at the Monday, September 20 Council meeting. Staff will be required to provide proof of first vaccination by October 1, 2021, and proof of second dose by November 1, 2021. Staff members with valid medical or other human rights-based exemptions will be considered for appropriate accommodation within the policy.

Vaccination policy for patrons entering facilities

As of October 1, the Town, in accordance with Public Health, will require all individuals 12+ to provide proof of full vaccination* or a valid medical exemption for entry into a Town facility or recreation program, including access to the Customer Service Kiosks at the Magna Centre and the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex.

With many organized sports programs already underway, the Town will take an education-first approach until November 1 to ensure participants have time to comply.

Entering a Town facility or program? Those 12+ will be screened and asked to show the following:

  1. Proof of completion of the Town of Newmarket's public screening survey
  2. Hard or digital copy of your proof of vaccination (two doses of a Heath Canada Approved Vaccine or one dose of the Jansen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine dated at least 14 days prior to entry into a Town facility.
  3. You can obtain a copy of this medical record through the Province of Ontario's webpage.
  4. Those with a medical exemption are required to provide a letter from a doctor or nurse practitioner.  

The Town is currently exploring ways to ensure those who are unvaccinated will still be able to access in-person services by appointment. As always, the Town continues to offer its services digitally to all residents.

Masks are mandatory when entering, exiting and travelling throughout the facility, and while watching and/or waiting for participants in programs.

The Newmarket Public Library is exempt from the current regulation requiring vaccination (as per the Provincial regulations). The Library Board will be discussing vaccination requirements for use of the Library at an upcoming meeting.

For more information on the vaccination requirements for the public entering a Town facility or participating in a Town recreation program/event please visit  

*Fully vaccinated means all individuals must have proof of two doses of a Health Canada Approved Vaccine or one dose of the Jansen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine plus a two-week waiting period from their last dose. 

Council Highlights for August 30

What happened at the Special Council Meeting on August 30, 2021 

At Monday’s Council meeting it was decided that the Town of Newmarket will move forward with a required vaccination policy for all staff, in line with various other public and private sector organizations. With COVID-19 cases rising throughout York Region and the province and the Delta variant continuing to cause significant concerns, this is an important step forward to continue to protect the health and safety of the Newmarket community and Town staff.

Council has directed staff to prepare a draft policy that will come back to the Committee of the Whole meeting on September 13. The policy will require all Town of Newmarket staff to receive two doses of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine to ensure the best protection possible against COVID-19. Staff will be required to provide proof of first vaccination by October 1, 2021, and proof of the second dose by November 1, 2021 in line with York Region's policy. Staff members with valid medical or other human rights-based exemptions will be considered for appropriate accommodation within the policy. Council also has asked staff to report back on examining vaccine requirements for the public entering municipal buildings.

The draft policy for required staff vaccinations is anticipated to be on the agenda for the September 13 Committee of the Whole meeting. In addition to municipal staff, Council has directed staff to review potential vaccination requirements for public attendance at Town facilities, which will also come forward on September 13, streamed live at Additional details will be provided when the policy is finalized.

The Town of Newmarket has finalized its Urban Design Guidelines (UDG) that will help shape future development.  Newmarket’s Urban Design Guidelines will come into effect immediately and provide a standardized approach to design that will apply to all new development and additions to existing buildings in Newmarket. The UDG was established based on eight objectives that make a development great. This includes:

1. Fit harmoniously into the established context

2. Mitigate impacts on adjacent properties

3. Create attractive, human-scaled buildings

4. Support walkability and active transportation

5. Minimize vehicle presence in the public realm

6. Promote vibrant streets

7. Provide amenity space for all residents

8. Ensure safety and accessibility for all

The finalized Urban Design Guidelines are a result of an extensive public consultation process while working with Fotenn Planning + Design. This process included two virtual public information centres, a Council Workshop, and a visual demonstration site survey. The draft guidelines were also sent to Newmarket stakeholders and the development industry for feedback.

For more information on the Urban Design Guideline Process, please view the staff report. For more information on Newmarket’s Urban Design Guidelines, please view a copy of the document.

Newmarket Council approved a draft policy to permit electronic participation through hybrid meetings. Newmarket Council has been meeting remotely through electronic meetings since April 27, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Council meetings were held in a fully electronic fashion, due to the public health restrictions prohibiting gatherings. While meetings were held electronically out of necessity, Council was able to continue to conduct its meetings effectively and the advantages of allowing electronic participation during Council meetings became clear. Despite the significant barriers posed by the public health measures, Council meetings continued on a regular schedule with high levels of attendance from Councillors and also high levels of public participation. As the Town continues to transition out of its COVID-19 pandemic measures, staff recommend the inclusion of electronic participation for meetings going forward, in addition to traditional in-person participation. This ‘hybrid’ approach will allow for the opportunities presented by electronic participation to be added to the in-person meeting format. 

Council Highlights for July 19

Newmarket Mayor and Members of Council announced the appointment of Ian McDougall to the position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Mr. McDougall has been with the Town since 2003, progressing through various roles, including Director, Recreation & Culture and most recently holding the position of Commissioner, Community Services for the past nine years. The CAO reports directly to Council and leads, manages and administers all organizational and operational services for the Town. 

Mr. McDougall replaces CAO Jag Sharma, who left the position to join the Toronto Community Housing Corporation as CEO. 

A few highlights of Mr. McDougall’s recent accomplishments while leading the Community Services Commission include

The CAO reports directly to Council and leads, manages and administers all organizational and operational services for the Town. The CAO is responsible for delivering on Council’s and the Town’s strategic planspriorities and overall development goals while managing the effectiveness of the Town’s administration to ensure innovative, efficient and cost-effective delivery of municipal services. The CAO is also responsible for implementing approved policies, budgets and appropriations and oversees intergovernmental relations, corporate strategic planning, fostering community relations and coordinating interdepartmental initiatives.

“For the past 17 years, I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with extraordinary Council members, senior management and our incredible staff to bring innovative and creative strategies to life that have made Newmarket a community like no other,” says Ian McDougall. “One of my first priorities is to support Council’s goal in helping Newmarket get back to business as we work towards economic recovery, while ensuring we continue to foster an inclusive and equitable environment. I look forward to the future and I am excited and honoured to be able to continue to lead Newmarket with staff and Council.”
Mr. McDougall holds a masters certificate in Municipal Management through Schulich School of Business, a diploma in Public Administration from Western University and a Bachelor of Recreation Studies from the University of Manitoba. At the Town, Ian has been the Commissioner, Community Services for the past 9 years and previously held the positions of Director, Recreation & Culture, Assistant Director, Recreation & Culture and Manager of Marketing, Special Events and Culture. Prior to that, Mr. McDougall worked over 11 years in senior roles focused on community development with Special Olympics Ontario, Ontario Sport Alliance, a regional sport development association and a successful Pan American Games Bid Committee. 
With Mr. McDougall taking on the role of CAO, recruitment for the Commissioner, Community Services will take place shortly

Council Highlights for June 21, 2021

Personal Wellness Establishments
At the June 21 Council Meeting the Town of Newmarket council approved repealing the Body Rub Parlour bylaw and introducing a new Personal Wellness Establishment (PWE) licence classification. PWE's are any business that offers massage services by a person who is not a regulated health care professional (i.e. RMT).

Recognizing the challenges that our community faces regarding Body Rub Parlours and the licensing of massage services, the Town of Newmarket conducted a review of its Body Rub Parlour By-law and has adopted a new Personal Wellness Establishment By-law. This new by-law requires any person offering alternative massage services to have some form of training.

The update also seeks to establish clear regulations that will strengthen enforcement initiatives against unlawful businesses that are known to exist within Newmarket and that may be operating contrary to any law associated with human trafficking.

The engagement process was extensive and far-reaching and included an interactive virtual Public Information CenterCouncil Workshop, two surveys, consultation with a variety of business owners, community groups and residents, and a Webinar designed to engage stakeholders on proposed regulations.

After lengthy consultation, the Legislative Services Department presented proposed regulations at a Special Committee of the Whole which include applications requirements to be classified as a PWE which includes ensuring businesses provide floor plans of the business, business owner to ensure all attendants have the required certifications needed to perform services where possible and be able to vet application through York Regional Police (YRP)  to ensure businesses are operating legally. 

Town staff will work with businesses to ensure that those who may be impacted have support and all the required documents to obtain the PWE licence. This by-law is a step forward in creating safer work environments and assists in the overall safety of the community. 

These regulations will not take effect right away; Council must first review its Zoning By-laws to determine where the Personal Wellness Establishments may be located in Town. Council is expected to review its Zoning By-laws in the third and fourth quarter of 2021. The licensing regulations will be in place at the same time the Zoning By-laws come into effect.

Stormwater Ponds Restrictions
The Town of Newmarket is continuing to educate residents on the dangers of using stormwater management ponds (SWMP)s for recreational purposes and ensure that safe alternatives are available for year-round use. Staff will develop a strategy to ensure that the SWMPs are properly maintained and inspected, prohibited materials are removed, and that appropriate signage is at all locations.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there was an influx of residents finding ways to enjoy the outdoors and stay active during the Provincial State of Emergency and Stay at Home Orders, particularly in the winter months. This had resulted in an increased number of individuals using SWMPs for recreational purposes

Unlike natural ponds, SWMPs are designed to collect and release runoff from rainfall and snowmelt to help prevent flooding in the community. As a result, water levels change rapidly due to the constant water flow. In the winter months, the pond water may also contain road salt and other contaminants, which contribute to poor ice quality. These factors combine to create dangerous and unpredictable conditions

The Town of Newmarket offers a variety of safe outdoor activity options for residents including maintained ice rinks, splash pads, tennis courts, and parks. The Town currently works with community groups to provide three ice surfaces for residents' use during the winter months, with Riverwalk Commons being maintained by staff, and both Ken Sturgeon Park and the Newmarket Lions Park being maintained by residents. Future outdoor rink amenities will also be available through the Outdoor Ice Rink at the Ray Twinney Recreational Complex, as well as the skating trail at Mulock Park. These options are available to ensure that residents have an opportunity to spend time outside and be physically active.

Celebration Bench Coming to Main Street

In collaboration with York Region Pride, Newmarket's Main St. is getting a rainbow Celebration Bench. The rainbow has become an international symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited (LGBTQ2S) pride and LGBTQ2S social movements. The colours reflect the identity and diversity of the LGBTQ2S community and serve as an outward symbol of support. This bench is being installed in commemoration of a long-time serving Board Member of York Pride member who passed away in 2020.

The York Region Pride organization, in its 20th year of operation, serves to organize festivals, events, entertainment, and other initiatives, which, in the context of sexuality and gender identity, illuminate and celebrate human diversity, captivate the general public, inspire inclusivity, and foster harmony and acceptance. Since 2017, the Town of Newmarket has been home to the flagship event – the Pride Parade and Festival. The Town has supported this through the provision of event support, and in-kind contributions.

Council Highlights for May 31, 2021

Newmarket's Anti-Black Racism Task Force Interim Report

Jerisha Grant-Hall Chair of Newmarket's Anti-Black Racism Task Force (NABRTF) presented the interim report to the Committee of the Whole on May 25th. The Anti-Black Racism Task Force was established on July 27, 2020, to support the Town's work and encourages positive race relations within the Town of Newmarket by providing advice to Council/ the Strategic Leadership Team and being mindful of its focus on anti-Black racism and racial equity within Newmarket.

In February 2021, the Task Force launched a survey to gain insight into community members' lived experiences in relation to anti-Black racism in Newmarket. The survey results will allow the Task Force to make recommendations to Council that focus on racial equity opportunities in Newmarket, and on issues or activities that impact the Black community.

To meet its mandate to review and assess Town policies and procedures, the NABRTF undertook several steps to determine the best way forward. These steps include:

  • Undertake Literature Review
  • Engage in an Environmental Scan
  • Review of Towns Demographic Information
  • Review of Town of Newmarket Policies
  • Identification of Best Practices

For more information on the NABRTF click here.

Council is one step closer to fulfilling their strategic priority to ensure safe streets in Newmarket

The Town of Newmarket and York Region is planning to build a new multi-use path (MUP) that would run along Mulock Drive from Bathurst Street to Harry Walker Parkway. This east-west path will be designed to allow for a wide range of recreational uses such as cycling, walking, jogging, and wheelchair access. The goal for the Mulock Drive MUP is to allow the community to connect to key destinations in Town such as the future Mulock GO Station, existing trails, schools, and the future Mulock Property.

We want to hear your thoughts on this project. Join us for a virtual Public Information Center on June 10 from 7-8 p.m. via Zoom. At this meeting, our consultant WSP will be presenting the preliminary findings of the feasibility study for this project,   feedback from the community, and answer your questions.

Visit for more details on the Public Information Centre

The Municipal Streetscape Partnership Program (MSPP) 

The Municipal Streetscape Partnership Program (MSPP) is a funding program that assists York Region's nine local municipalities in cost-sharing on streetscape design projects on Regional roads. Local municipalities are responsible for the operation, maintenance, and long-term rehabilitation of enhanced streetscape features. The Town of Newmarket has submitted an application to participate in the MSPP. The applications include a 50/50 cost-sharing of the construction costs for streetscape improvements on Yonge Street from Davis Drive to the northern Town boundary with all funds to be paid through Development Charges.

Being at the centre of the growth corridor, the streetscape enhancement design focuses on creating a safer and more vibrant pedestrian and cycling experience, while maintaining alignment and compatibility with the recently completed VivaNext works

Click here to see the full report

Council Highlights for May 10, 2021

Body Rub Parlour Review Results

After an extensive public consultation process including two surveys, use of the Town's online engagement platform, a public information centre, consultation with stakeholders, and multiple deputations regarding the Town's Body Rub Parlour Review, Newmarket Council directed staff to start drafting regulations for a modified licensing framework that will take stronger enforcement action against unlawful body rub parlours in Town.

This licensing framework will replace the "Body Rub Parlour" classification within the bylaw with a new classification of "Personal Wellness Establishment". Details of the licensing structure are still being drafted, however, key elements may include a strongly vetted application process through certification requirements, pre-interview audits to ensure the practices of the business align with this new classification, inspection of a business prior to the licence being issued, and processes to ensure the health and safety of all residents and workers. 

Newmarket Council is committed to working with businesses to ensure the licensing framework will continue to allow reputable businesses to operate and conduct business safely and responsibly. 

To learn more, please review the Body Rub Parlour presentation and staff report

Newmarket Council targets a 1.99 per cent increase for the 2022 Budget 

Newmarket Council directed staff to decreased the originally proposed 2.99 per cent tax increase to 1.99 percent in an effort to balance the needs of the community while continuing to invest in the Town's future financial sustainability as a result of the pandemic. It is estimated that a 1.99 per cent increase would equate to approximately $44 per household for the Newmarket tax portion. 

Council will continue to monitor the Town and the community's needs throughout the 2022 Budgeting process and adjust as required before the 2022 Budget is finalized in December 2021. 

Residents are encouraged to participate in the 2022 Budget process by tuning into the Committee of the Whole and Council Meetings within the meeting schedule. Residents will also have an opportunity to get involved in the near future as the Town is currently working on a budget engagement process. 

Learn more about the 2022 Budget Target and Process by viewing the staff report to Council.

Council Highlights for April 19, 2021

Smart Commute Central York 2020 update

Since 2007, Smart Commute Central York (SCCY)  has been working with local municipalities and employers to support and encourage sustainable and active travel in northern York Region. While 2020 was a challenging year SCCY continued to adapt to the changing circumstances of the pandemic while promoting active and health communities. With the emergence of COVID-19, Smart Commute focused on digital communications through newsletters, zoom meetings, webinars and more. In light of the pandemic, SCCY focused on providing active strategies for those working from home and worked with worked closely with York Region Public Health to create safe commuting tips. SCCY continued to deliver many of these successful programs in new and different ways including the annual Bike to Work initiative. Plans are under way for a virtual Bike to Work Day in 2021. When things stabilize with the pandemic, SCCY will be working harder than ever to help restore confidence in public transit and carpooling continue to strongly encourage walking, biking and other modes of active transportation. For more information visit the Smart Commute Central York website.

York Small Business Enterprise Centre overview

The York Small Business Enterprise Centre (YSBEC) is a strong partner with Newmarket's Economic Development team and is helping to create, innovate and grow small businesses in the Northern municipalities of York Region. YSBEC works closely with the Economic Development area and the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce to support small businesses with less than 10 employees. The YSBEC team offers one-at-one consultations, support for business plan development, seminars and webinars, market research guidance and more. Many new programs and additional resources have been implemented to help local small businesses adapt to the changing environment created by pandemic, including the York Region COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Program and the Northern York Region Professional Services Access Program. For more information, please visit

Newmarket's 2021-2024 Economic Development Strategy highlights

Over the past year Newmarket's Economic Development team has been focused on supporting the business community through the unpredictability of COVID-19 in various ways. The Town's Economic Development Resiliency Action Plan includes the creation of the Business Assistance Concierge, Mentorship Access Program and the Choose Local campaign, expanded temporary patio program and much more. The Town continues to be committed to providing assistance to the local business community as they continue to be faced with many challenges related to the pandemic.

Looking towards the future of Economic Development in the community, the Town has worked with many partners, including the Newmarket Economic Development Advisory Committee and the local business community to create the new 2021 – 2024 Economic Development Strategy. Building on the previous success of the 2016 – 2020 Economic Development Strategy, which is now over 90 per cent complete, this will act as the roadmap for Economic Development in the coming years. The update Strategy will focus on Attraction and Marketing (Where work meets play), Building an Entrepreneurial Eco-system (Where innovation meets open minds) and Community Vibe-rancy (Where culture meets community). Check out the 2021-2024 Economic Development Strategy for more details or visit to find out more about doing business in Newmarket.

Council Highlights for March 29, 2021

Voting Methods in the 2022 Municipal Election

Council approved online voting for use in the 2022 Municipal Election. Council also approved the use of paper ballot options, and eliminated telephone voting.

In 2018 the Town ran a successful municipal election using online and telephone voting. In a survey following the 2018 municipal election, the majority of respondents cited 'convenience' as the rationale for having used online voting however the Town also received complaints regarding the telephone system, absence of paper ballots and other concerns including security and privacy. In order to provide voting options while still providing convenience and accessibility, Council decided to approve the continued use of online voting while also providing a paper option. Town staff will develop an election model using online and paper voting that is accessible, secure and convenient. The Town is committed to improving the voting experience for all voters.

Single-use plastics

In efforts to support federal and provincial commitments to develop policies and action plans to curb the use of single-use plastics (SUPs) in Canada and to make Newmarket an environmentally-conscious municipality Council has approved th elimination of plastic cutlery, plastic straws, stir sticks, black plastic, and single-serve milk and cream containers available for event/staff use within Town facilities by July 1, 2021 as well as implementing public education on reducing/eliminating SUP for the public.

Single-use plastics (SUPs) such as bags and straws are difficult for recycling facilities to manage and can contaminate other recycling streams. With end-markets in countries like China prohibiting the import of 24 categories of recyclable material, including eight categories of plastic from Canada due to high levels of contamination, managing these materials has become a burden on many waste management systems. Furthermore, growing public concerns around how plastic waste is polluting the environment, harming wildlife, and entering the food web has prompted action among all levels of government for change.

Staff is also reviewing and looking for new ways to implement policies to further reduce or eliminate the use of non-essential SUP products sold or distributed to the public by the Town and third-party vendors at Town events with exceptions for accessibility.

Newmarket Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program (NEER)

In June 2016 Council approved the Community Energy Plan (CEP) which included a recommendation to create a program that would increase the energy efficiency of 80% of the existing housing stock in Newmarket, called the Newmarket Energy Efficiency Retrofit program (NEER).

The Town has been approved for up to $133,000 in funding to complete the NEER Business/Implementation Plan. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recommends that staff apply for capital funding once the Business/Implementation Plan has been completed and the NEER program is in a position to be financed. 

Council Highlights for March 1, 2021

Service Changes to limit the Financial Impact of COVID-19 

Council continues to make fiscally responsible decisions to limit the financial impacts of COVID-19 for the community. Council approved some service changes in an effort to provide more much-needed recreational services to the community. Doing so will help save approximately $500,000 to $600,000. 

In an effort to limit the financial impacts of COVID-19, the Town will be moving forward with the following service updates. With the updated services noted below, it is expected that the Town will save approximately $500,000 to $600,000 this year. Service updates include:

  • Reverting back to the three-bag garbage limit as of April 6, 2021.
    • At the beginning of the pandemic a temporary five garbage bag limit was put in place to assist residents who were staying at home. This was put in place as a temporary measure and in an effort to reduce costs, as of April 6, the Town will be reverting back to the bi-weekly three bag garbage limit. Garbage bag tags are available for purchase if additional bags/items are required. For more information visit
  • Reducing tree plantings this year by 50%
    • Last year, the Town of Newmarket planted 500+ trees to help expand Newmarket's tree canopy and is well within the goals set out in the Urban Forestry Management Plan. As such, the Town will reduce tree planting efforts this year by 50% to assist with the financial impact of COVID-19. The reduction in tree planting will not affect tree plantings for trees that were previously removed and need to be replanted.
  • Reducing the grass cutting frequency and catch basin cleaning
    • Grass cutting will take place once every 10 working days and open spaces and sport fields will take place once every 5 working days.
    • Catch basin cleaning by the Town will be reduced by 50%. Residents will not be affected by this service change as the Town's catch basins are in excellent condition.
  • Postponing playground equipment replacement and rehabilitation has been deferred for 2021. As a result, no playgrounds will be closed for construction this year.
    • The Town's playground equipment continues to be inspected frequently to ensure it is safe for use and will not be significantly impacted by this postponement as the equipment is in good shape.

These service changes, coupled with the Town's ability to draw from the COVID-19 contingency fund, and our continued efforts to seek funding from other levels of government will help offset the financial impacts of the pandemic. 

#RunForSouthlake - Join the Virtual Event 

Newmarket Council is once again supporting Nature Emporium's Run for Southlake Virtual Challenge for 2021. Council is encouraging all residents to join the four-week challenge from April 12 to May 9 that will motivate you to eat well, introduce new habits, build your endurance and go the distance with Southlake. Register today! 

Council continues to create extraordinary spaces in Newmarket by authorizing a Request for Proposal for an outdoor (NHL-sized rink) on the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex property

Council reinforces their commitment to creating extraordinary places and spaces in Newmarket by authorizing the Town to conduct a Request for Proposal (RFP) for architectural services specific to the construction of an outdoor (full sized) ice rink on the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex property as noted in the Town's Recreation Playbook (Master Plan). 

The scope of the work within the RFP will be separated into two parts. Part A will consist of schematic design, design development, costing and consultation. Part B, which will be awarded after completion of Part A to the Town's satisfaction, will consist of tender development and support and contract administration. 

The Town is estimating that design and consultation will take place in 2021 with construction to begin in 2022. (Tentative dates, subject to tender and budget considerations). 

Council Highlights for February 8, 2021

Traffic Safety Updates 

Council continues to deliver on its strategic priority to ensure safe streets in Newmarket by implementing the Traffic Mitigation Strategy to support a variety of safe street initiatives. Council explored speed reduction options for a number of streets in Newmarket including William Roe Boulevard, Dixon Boulevard, Flagstone Avenue and Simcoe Street. 

William Roe Blvd. and Dixon Blvd.

The Town will continue to evaluate needs for speed mitigation in the area of William Roe Boulevard and Dixon Boulevard. Solar speed display signs and lawn signs are some of the steps that will be taken to continue to help manage speeding in this neighbourhood. Residents are encouraged to contact York Regional Police for increased enforcement if they witness speeding. The Town will continue to monitor this area and keep local residents informed of any opportunities for engagement and any actions being taken.

Flagstone Avenue

Solar speed display signs, boulevard signage and painted centre lines will be implemented to help manage speeding on Flagstone Avenue. Additional traffic counts and monitoring will continue in 2021.

Simcoe Street

The Town will install a solar speed display sign on Simcoe Street to inform motorists of their speed. The solar speed display signs have proven to be an effective way to reduce speeds.

To learn more about Newmarket's traffic management efforts visit

Planning UpdatesSite plan review meeting update for 693-713 Davis Drive (Briarwood)

Site plan review meeting update for 693-713 Davis Drive (Briarwood)

On February 1, Newmarket  Site Plan Review Committee reviewed a site plan for 693-713 Davis Drive. The applicant, Briarwood (NWMKT) Inc. is looking to redevelop the site with two 15 storey towers ranging from one to three bedrooms with 25 per cent of the development proposed as affordable units. Council and staff are continuing to provide their comments to the applicant to be addressed in the next submission.  

Update on Public Planning Meeting for 16250, 16353, 13450 Yonge Street (Shining Hill Estates)

In response to an Official Plan Amendment application, a process has commenced to consider the long-term vision for these lands, located in the southwest area of the Town. The amendment seeks to allow portions of the lands of 16250, 16356 and 16450 Yonge Street to be developed for urban uses such as a mix of residential, institutional, commercial, office, parks and open spaces uses.

Being an Official Plan Amendment application, one of the early steps in this process was the holding of the statutory Public Meeting, as required under the Planning Act.  This was held on January 18, where Council and staff heard from many residents. 

This is the beginning of a detailed process to consider the long-term vision for these lands. The Town will continue to keep the community updated on opportunities for public input and engagement as this process unfolds. If you would like to provide comments, please send written comments to  Learn more

Did you know?

The Town can expect a growing amount of development applications on Yonge Street and Davis Drive?  Policies are in place to encourage a wide range of development along these streets, including mid and high-rise development, which will re-urbanize these areas.  These areas are transitioning into walkable, mixed-use places with increased vitality and public transit use.

Council Highlights: January 18, 2021

Top 2 Need-to-Knows from the Council Meeting on January 18:

    Council declared Eddie, the mandarin duck an honorary duck of Newmarket. Eddie, the mandarin duck had escaped from his rescue home and made his way into Fairy Lake. His presence in Newmarket caught the attention of the National press and has brought many smiles and feelings of joy to all residents especially during a time when it is needed the most. He is now safely at home but Eddie, the mandarin duck will forever be an honorary duck of Newmarket.

  1. Council continues to support residents, elderly residents and small local businesses by introducing a 2021 Financial Relief Program. This program will provide a more targeted approach to residents and businesses who are experiencing financial challenges during the pandemic. Details include:

    • Waiving penalty and interests on unpaid property taxes for eligible residents who demonstrate a financial need
    • Increasing the existing property tax rebates for eligible elderly residents by 40 per cent
    • Increasing the existing water and wastewater rebate for eligible residents by 19 per cent
    • Introducing a new water rebate for eligible small local businesses and local business tenants on their water account. This rebate will amount to $1,000 for the year.

    Final details of about the 2021 Financial Relief Plan will be released in the upcoming weeks.

2020 Council Highlights

  1. Council Highlights on December 14, 2020

    Top 3 Need-to-Knows from the Council Meeting on December 14:

    1. At the December 14 Council Meeting, Newmarket Council approved the 2021 budget that will result in a 1.98 percent tax increase (Town portion). This is 1.01 percent lower than the originally proposed 2.99 percent increase, recognizing the added financial pressure the community faces as a result of COVID-19. The total approved 2021 Operating Budget is $137.0 million and the Capital Budget is $37.9 million, with a combined total of $174.9 million.

      The Town of Newmarket continues to strive to keep the tax rate approximately 10 percent below the GTA average. Based on an average single-detached home with an assessed value of $700,000, a 465 square meter lot, using 200 cubic meters of water per year, residents will see an increase of $42.86 ($3.57 per month) on their tax bill for 2021. This year, the base budget will increase by only 0.18% with an additional 0.80% for a COVID-19 Contingency Fund and 1% for the Asset Replacement Fund.  Learn more:

    2. 2021 Capital Budget highlights includes the construction of Newmarket's first outdoor skate park, a new Central York Fire Services fire station, a new fleet of fire trucks, completion of the Mulock Property Master Plan, trail and field lighting enhancements and fleet replacement, municipal infrastructure and road resurfacing, improvements for bridges and culvert, traffic safety initiatives, new park developments among other projects.

    3. Council has approved to implement Off-Street Parking Program as an alternative option for residents to park off-street in municipal parking lots throughout the Town's seasonal winter parking restrictions with a permit from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. All residents will be eligible to participate in the proposed off-street parking program. Residents will be required to apply for and obtain a temporary parking exemption permit through the Town's online parking portal. Learn more:

    Council Highlights on November 23, 2020

    Town extends the Financial Relief Program 

    Council continues to support residents and local businesses through these challenging times by extending the Town's Financial Relief Program until January 31, 2021

    At the start of the pandemic, Newmarket Council introduced a Financial Relief Plan for businesses and residents. This plan would assist those in need financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Financial Relief Program includes:

    • No penalty and interest charges on property tax payments until January 31, 2021

    • No penalty and interest charges for late payment of water/wastewater bills until January 31, 2021

    • No penalty and interest charges for all Town accounts receivable including development agreements, leases and sponsorships until January 31, 2021.

    This program, which was set to expire on January 1, 2021 has been extended until January 31, 2021. The possibility of further extension is being considered as part of the 2021 budget deliberations by Council on December 7. 

    For more information on the Financial Relief Plan, please visit

    Q3 Operations - Tax Supported, Water and Wastewater, Stormwater, Capital Program and Investments 

    Council continues to be fiscally responsible during the COVID-19 pandemic as Newmarket reports Q3 Operations – tax supported, Water and Wastewater, Stormwater, Capital Program and Investments.

    Newmarket Council was provided with a detailed update on the status of the Town's Third Quarter Operations – Tax-supported, Water and Wastewater, Stormwater; Capital Program and Investments.

    In this update, it was noted that some departments are forecasting unfavourable variances due to the impact of the pandemic and some are reporting favourable variance. However, due to mitigating measures carried out by Town staff and assistance from the Province's Phase 1 Safe Restart funding of $1.8 Million, the Town is projecting a surplus of approximately $200,000 for its Tax-Supported Operating Budget.

    Council and Town staff will continue to monitor its financial status with an emphasis on reducing pandemic related costs, while continuing to serve the community.

    For more information, please view the Q3 Operating, Capital, Water and Wastewater, Stormwater and Investment Summary Staff Report to Council

    Council Highlights on November 2, 2020
    Council Reviews Established Neighbourhood Compatibility Study
    Council reviewed the findings from the Established Neighbourhood Compatibility Study and the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments in order to implement the study. 
    Council’s discussion consisted of updated development regulations for residential zones; these include new lot coverage schedule, reduced maximum building height for some zones and changing how front yard setback and exterior side yard setback are determined.  

    The main themes of the proposed amendment are:  
    • Combining existing “Stable Residential” designation and “Emerging Residential designation” as a single “Residential” designation and updating relevant policies  
    • Establishing Character Areas and policies for each Character Area 
    • Adding more details to the Compatibility policies of the Official Plan to strengthen the section 
    After thorough discussion, the matter was referred back to Council for further discussion at a future Council  meeting to ensure the findings from the study and the amendments address development compatibility within existing neighbourhoods.

    Learn more by viewing the full report on the
    Neighbourhood Compatibility Study 

    Council Discuses How To Address Vibration Complaints 
    Council continues to explore different options to address the impact of vibrations caused by driveway or parking lot paving projects in residential areas that are currently not addressed in the Planning Act.

    There are two types of construction projects that may result in vibration complaints: large scale constructions like residential subdivisions and large developments where provisions can be made through the Planning Act and ones that don’t fall under the Planning Act, which includes projects like driveway repaving and parking lot repaving.  

    Council discussed various options to deal with these types of construction projects and decided to direct  staff to come back with an amended version of the noise by-law for council consideration at a later date and for staff to investigate the impact of carrying out a permitting process.
    See full report here. 

    Council Meeting on October 13, 2020

    First Responders, Front Line and Essential Workers named Honorary Citizens

    First Responders, Front Line and Essential Workers were presented the Honorary Citizen Award for their commitment to keeping our community safe every day, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    A small socially-distanced event was held on October 9 at Fairy Lake Park to present representatives from each respective area with their Honorary Citizen Award.

    Learn more

    Council continues to balance the economic impact of COVID-19 while ensuring fiscal responsibility in the 2021 Budget  

    For 2021, Newmarket Council was presented with a 2.99 per cent tax increase which equates to approximately $64.79 for the average residential property assessed at $700,000.

    At this time, it is estimated that any losses resulting from COVID-19 in 2020 will not have a direct impact on the 2021 Budget. This means there will be no deficit to carryover and no additional tax increases due to the pandemic.

    The pandemic will have an indirect impact to the 2020 capital projects required to be carried over, uncertainty about when and how hard a second wave will impact the municipality, and what the "new normal" will look like; and a slower economy (growth and inflation) due to the pandemic.

    In an effort to continue to be fiscally responsible to the community, the Town was directed to find approximately $508,000 in savings through budget reductions. Staff reached this target and exceeded it by 7%. 

    Residents can continue to get involved in the 2021 Budget process by tuning into the Special Committee of the Whole Meeting on October 19 where Council will be discussing Rate-supported Operating Budgets. Learn more at

    Council Meeting on September 21, 2020

    Council extends the 30-Minute Parking restrictions on Main Street to assist businesses residents during the COVID-19 pandemic

    In an effort to continue to assist residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Newmarket Council extended the 30-minute parking restriction along the east and west side of Main Street. Doing so will help balance the need for short-term parking support to allow for curbside pick-up and deliveries.

    The emergency order for this parking restriction was first enacted in May 2020 and was set to be terminated on September 21, 2020. With Council's approval, the 30-minute parking restriction will be adopted within Parking By-law 2019-63. A report back to staff will be provided to Council during Q1 of 2021 that will include a review of the parking restriction options, include information gathered from public consultation and feedback from the BIA (Main Street District Business Improvement Area Board of Management). 

    Council Meeting on August 31, 2020

    Council advanced its strategic priority to increase parking in the Downtown area by endorsing short-term and long-term solutions

    Newmarket Council was provided with an update to the Joint Business Improvement Area (BIA) / Town of Newmarket Task Force on opportunities for short-term and long-term solutions to provide increased parking options in the Downtown area. This task force met several times, held feedback sessions, and participated in walkabouts in the area to identify potential solutions.

    At the meeting, Newmarket Council endorsed new measures that will be investigated further to see if they are viable in the Downtown area. These include, but are not limited to:

    • Leaving the 30- minute maximum parking regulation on the north and south side of Main Street in place. This regulation will be revisited with feedback from the BIA in the first quarter of 2021.
    • Amending the by-law to allow for parking on D'Arcy and Church Street. Doing so will allow an additional 14 parking spaces on the north side of the street.
    • Potentially adding four new parking spaces along Main Street north after further analysis can be done.
    • Having discussions with St. Paul's Church to allow use of their parking lot when not in use by the Church.

    Learn more about the other options discussed at the Council meeting by viewing the full report and the proposed regulations.

    Council continues to pursue a GO Train Station on Mulock Drive

    An update to the Mulock Station Area Secondary Plan was provided to Newmarket Council. A draft of the Mulock Station Area Secondary Plan has been completed. The next step is to provide this draft plan as background information to York Region for input to their new Regional Official Plan that is being prepared. The submission of this draft to the Region is not the final submission for approval as that will occur at a later date. Elements such as land uses, street network, densities and phasing are still draft and will be brought to the public in future engagement sessions. In addition, Council members and the public will be able to provide their comments at a future statutory public meeting.

    The purpose of the draft Mulock Station Area Secondary Plan is to guide development surrounding the future Mulock GO Station. If approved, the area will allow for a range of land uses and densities and a future road network to assist with transit-oriented development in the area.

    For more information or to provide your feedback on the project, please visit

    Financial Update during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Newmarket Council was provided with an update to the Town's current financial situation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Town will receive approximately $1.8 million through the joint Provincial-Federal Safe Restart Agreement. However, the Town may have a tax-supported deficit due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for a second wave.

    The rate-supported budgets have not been significantly impacted and are on target at this time.

    There will be a second phase of financial assistance provided by the Provincial and Federal Governments. If the Town decides to apply for additional funding assistance and the application is successful, payments will be received in early 2021.

    The Town will continue to monitor its financial status with focus on COVID-19 related costs. An update will be provided to Council at the next Committee of Whole on October 5.

    To learn more about the Town's current financial status, please view the full staff report.

     Council endorses the definition on Antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)

    Newmarket Council adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism:

    "Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities"

    This endorsement is part of the Town's commitment towards its strategic priority of diversity and inclusivity and a key component of the Town's role in the York Region Inclusion Charter. Newmarket believes that we all have a shared responsibility to stop antisemitism in all of its forms through education and public consciousness.

    For more information on what happens at the August 31, 2020 Council Meeting, please view the archived video or view the agenda

    Council Meeting on July 27, 2020

    Anti-Black Racism Task Force Established in Newmarket

    Newmarket Council approved a motion to establish an Anti-Black Racism Task Force that will be committed to building a more inclusive community by promoting equity, accessibility and inclusion through the Town's actions and support of our growing community. The Town will engage in meaningful action to address anti-Black racism through the existing partnerships and avenues available at the Town and working with community groups such as NACCA (Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association).

    The Task Force will include up to 10 citizen members, up to three Council members that will be delegated by the Mayor and have the opportunity to work and/or combine with other municipal task forces and communities.

    Interim Control By-law Exemption Process Expiration Date

    Newmarket Council has established a cut-off date for those looking to apply for an Interim Control By-law Exemption. The cut-off date is August 24, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

    The Interim Control By-law was established in January 2019 to pause new residential construction in certain areas while staff were conducting a neighbourhood compatibility study and updating the policies in the Official Plan and Zoning By-law. The Interim Control By-law has been extended until January 21, 2021, unless repealed by Council at an earlier date.

    An exemption process was established in May 2019 to allow certain developments that meet specific physical and streetscape characteristics of the neighbourhood to proceed. This exemption process is set to expire on August 24, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.  

    2020 Reserves and Reserve Funds Budget

    Newmarket Council approved the 2020 Reserves and Reserve Funds which are budgeted to be $82.4 million by the end of the year.

    The majority of the Reserves and Reserve Funds budget had been established through the previous adoption of the 2020 Operating Capital Budgets and have undergone extensive review by the public and Council.

    For more information, please review the information report.

    Special Council Meeting: June 29, 2020

    Top 5 Need-to-Knows from the Council Meeting on June 29:

    1. The Town now requires short-term rentals to have a business license, which includes strict regulations to help ensure they can operate cohesively within the community.

    2. Council approved an updated Animal Control By-law for stronger regulations on the care and control of all animals, including rules around tethering. The Town is establishing its first pet store licensing regime with a key regulation being that cats and dogs can only be sourced for adoption from shelters, humane societies, or recognized animal rescue groups.

    3. In place of summer camps, Newmarket will be providing alternative programming such as small group short programs, camper activity kits and more. 

    4. An Energy and Operational Savings report was presented to Council. This report found that since 2007, the Town of Newmarket was able to achieve a savings of $7,235,995 through the Honeywell Energy Efficiency Projects. This amount is $2,444,651 higher than what was originally estimated.

    5. Newmarket will begin construction on three new bike lanes. New parking by-law amendments were made to support this work.

    Here's what happened at the virtual Council Meeting on June 29, 2020:

    Regulating Short-Term Rentals

    Short-term rentals (STRs) are a growing industry that allows for temporary accommodation of a dwelling unit, in whole or in part, for up to 28 consecutive days. The growth of this industry has raised concerns regarding negative impacts to neighbourhoods within our community.

    To address concerns short-term rentals can pose, the Town will be implementing regulations on short-term rental operators and platforms through the Business License By-law.

    New regulations on short-term rentals:

    • Every short-term rental requires a business licence and a sign on property to identify they are operating a rental.
    • Only one short-term rental is permitted on a lot or within a home.
    • One off-street parking space must be available for every bedroom for rent with another for the short-term rental operator.
    • Rentals are limited to six guests and up to three bedrooms.
    • Rentals must be operated by a permanent resident (someone who lives onsite) who is also required to respond to complaints within two hours.
    • During this first phase, only room-rental short-term rentals are permitted to operate. Entire home rentals will be considered when zoning amendments are proposed at the end of 2020.

      A demerit point system will be in place, which requires STR operators to comply with all Town by-laws. Licenses can be suspended or revoked if operators do not comply with the by-law. This measure will help ensure short-term rentals can cohesively operate within the community.

      For the full list of regulations, please read the Business Licence By-lawlicensing fees and short-term rentals staff report.

      Town updates Animal Control By-law and establishes rules for pet stores

      At the start of 2019, the province changed the role of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA). Newmarket, and fellow municipalities, identified a gap in authority to address community concerns related to animal health and welfare.

      Following public, industry and Council consultation, the Town has updated its existing 2016 Animal Control By-law based on evolving community expectations. In addition, the Town is establishing its first pet store licensing regime within the overall Business Licence By-law.

      Top 3 Changes
    • Stronger regulations around tethering to ensure animals can have more movement and access to food, water, shelter and shade. Animals cannot be tethered for more than three hours in a day (consecutive or not) and the chain must be 3 metres or longer.
    • Domestic animals (excluding cats or dogs) are permitted to be sold in pet stores but are required to comply with very specific regulations, which include access to food, water, and appropriate caging restrictions
    • A cat or dog is only permitted to be sold within a pet store through a facilitated adoption sourced from a municipal or registered animal shelter, a registered humane society, or a recognized animal rescue group.

      The Town is exploring options to allow breeders and kennels to operate locally in the future, with strict regulations to ensure the care and safety of animals.

      In addition, the Town is moving forward with a "Permitted Animals List" to mirror that of our partnering municipality, Aurora. If any residents currently have pets that are not included in this list, they can reach out to to notify the Town and have their pet grandfathered in. Over the next six months, staff will conduct public consultation on which animals should also be included on this list and amend the by-law based on feedback. The list can found on page 14 of the by-law.

      Read the full report here.

      Summer Camps 2020 Update

      The Town of Newmarket will be implementing alternative programming in place of full-day summer camps for the 2020 season. Alternative programming includes family programs, small group short programs, camper activity kits and more.

      More information about alternative Recreation programming will be released as soon as possible. Bookmark and check back soon for more information.

      Newmarket achieves higher than estimated energy savings as reported through the 2019 Energy and Operational Savings Report

      Newmarket Council was provided with an update on the cumulative savings for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Honeywell Energy Efficiency Projects. Since 2007, through a partnership with Honeywell Canada Energy and Environmental Services (EES), the Town's energy and operational savings have amounted to $7,235,995. This amount is $2,444,651 higher than what was originally estimated and proposed by Honeywell.

      These savings were achieved through energy retrofits at various Town buildings and facilities, and other upgrades around Town such as LED street lighting, general lighting system upgrades, control system and upgrades, HVAC upgrades and more. Learn more by viewing the full information report.

    Three new bike lanes will be added this summer / fall

    Newmarket Council was provided with a Bicycle Lane 2020 Update. In this update, three new bicycle lanes will be constructed in Newmarket. These include:

    1. London Road from Yonge Street to Main Street North
    2. Alexander Road from Srigley Street to Davis Drive
    3. Bonshaw Avenue from Woodspring Avenue to Gilpin Drive

    The bicycle lanes are scheduled to be installed this summer / fall 2020. However the timelines may change due to the impacts of COVID-19.

    With the construction of these bike lanes approved, parking by-law amendments were required to be made. For more information on the parking by-law amendments, please view the information report

    Special Council Meeting: June 8, 2020

    Here's what happened at the June 8 Special Council Meeting:  

    Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution and Envi Network update

    Ysni Semsedini, President and CEO, Newmarke- Tay Power Distribution Ltd. (NT Power) and Gianni Creta, President, Envi Network provided an update to Newmarket Council. NT Power continues to adapt to COVID-19, while health and safety and continuing to deliver essential power services to their customers remain their top priority. They are working with customers to help manage the financial impacts of COVID-19. This includes mitigating interest, applying deposits to help manage payments, seeking out funding programs and making payment arrangements to help customers get through these unprecedented times.

    The Province of Ontario has a number of temporary relief measure in place to support Ontarians impacted by COVID-19, including

    • Electricity disconnection ban extended - The ban on electricity disconnections for non-payment has been extended to July 31 for residents and small businesses.
    • Time of use pricing, new fixed price available June 1 -To support families, small businesses and farms while Ontario plans for the safe and gradual reopening of the province, the Government of Ontario has introduced a new fixed electricity price of 12.8 ¢/kWh for customers that are on time-of-use prices. Starting June 1, 2020, that price applies to electricity used at all hours of the day, 7 days a week. 
    • Bill assistance programs – there are a number of programs available to help low-income consumers and those that are in arrears on their energy bills as a result of COVID-19. Find out more at

    Newmarket Council also approved the financial statements, auditors and Board of Directors for NT Power.

    For further information, please contact Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution at 905-895-2309

    Envi Network

    In 2018, The Town worked with Newmarket Hydro Holdings Inc. to launch Envi, a community-owned ultra-high speed broadband network delivering service to municipalities, universities, schools, hospitals and the business sector in Newmarket. Envi is enhancing the Town's broadband infrastructure and improving connectivity and service for the local business community. More reliable, affordable and faster access to the internet is bringing social and economic benefits to businesses in the Newmarket, while also playing an integral role in the Town's economic development strategy.


    • 2019 was Envi's first full year in business and they now have over 100 customers in the Newmarket business community
    • They have installed 18 km of fibre to date
    • Envi has now added voice services and continues 
    • Envi is continuing to deliver services through COVID-19 and is working directly with their clients to support them through this time
    • Envi will continue to pivot and adapt to the COVID-19 landscape to continue to expand their services

    Main Street Pedestrian zones and Town-wide patios expansion

    Recognizing the significant challenges local merchants and restaurants are facing, the Town of Newmarket is continuing to look for ways to support the local business community during and after COVID-19. Newmarket is committed to moving forward with a modified outdoor patio program when York Region is permitted to move into phase two under provincial guidelines. The Town will work closely with the BIA, the Chamber of Commerce and local restaurants and retailers to create plans that could be put into place quickly when the province announces it is safe to do so. This approach will align with all COVID-19 provincial regulations under the emergency orders and will be guided first and foremost by ensuring the health and safety of patrons, staff and the community. 

    Here are a few steps the town is taking to help restaurants respond and adapt to challenges created by COVID-19:

    • Patio licensing fees will be waived for 2020
    • The Town's current patio program guidelines and regulations will be updated to include more flexibility around hours of operation, encroachment on town lands and any other considerations necessary to accommodate temporary outdoor patios
    • Infrastructure, set up and tear down of pedestrian zones that directly involve the use of Town property be funded by the Town for the 2020 season

    The Town will continue to work very closely with the local business community to help find solutions to manage the impact of COVID-19. All local business owners are encouraged to contact the Town of Newmarket's Business Assistance Concierge where the team can provide one-on-one support navigating these unchartered waters, including connecting businesses with experienced mentors as part of the Town's Mentorship Access Program.

    30-minute parking on Main Street extended until September

    In early May, the Town of Newmarket temporarily amended the parking restrictions on Main Street by imposing a 30-minute maximum parking limit to accommodate curbside pickup and delivery. The Town has extended the 30-minute parking on Main Street until September 21  to continue to allow for convenient curbside pickup until first Council meeting in September 21. However, as the COVID-19 landscape continues to change, this amendment may be brought back to Council earlier for discussion. 

    This applies to the east and west side of Main Street from Water Street to Davis Drive. Residents who are not using curbside pickup/delivery are asked to use other downtown parking spaces, such as the lot around Market Square (P5-6) and east of Main Street around the Lion's Club (P3) and Riverwalk Commons (P1 & P7) shown in the parking guide.

    For more information on other items discussed at the Special Council Meeting on April 27, 2020, please view the
    Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions, under 
    Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. To view live streamed or archived video meetings, visit

    Special Council Meeting: May 25, 2020

    Here's what happened at the Special Council Meeting on May 25, 2020: 

    Addressing our current state

    The last few weeks and months Council and Town staff have been dedicated to overcoming challenges with COVID-19. While our community's health and safety remain our top priority, it is refreshing and important to continue to progress on projects that will move our community forward and focus on our community's wellbeing too.

    Progress on the Mulock Property project is a continuation of planning and visioning work that was well underway and committed to by Council. At this time, we are not making any financial decisions and will be reviewing our capital plan in light of Covid-19.

    Reporting on public consultation

    During the public feedback phase, we set out to engage a diversity of people, educate the community about the project, collect feedback, communicate design decisions and build excitement for the future. We spoke with over 3,000 residents!

    Here's what we heard:

    • Make it a destination that's unique but also accessible for everyday use.
    • Look forward and consider how the property will be used in 50 years.
    • More than half of survey respondents (62%) want to see programmed activities (markets, festivals, community events) on site
    • One third (36%) of respondents specifically indicated they would like to see public art on the site
    • There's a desire to enjoy recreation within nature. Most respondents (89%) want to see walking and running trails
    • Incorporate educational opportunities and recognize diverse history in creative ways
    • Maintain natural features (minimize hardscaping)
    • Onsite parking is necessary but we need to explore and encourage alternative ways people can get to the site to limit the impact to the natural landscape
    • While most survey respondents (95%) say they drive to local destinations, many were keen to look at other travel options for Mulock to limit parking on-site.
    • Everyone agrees – there must be food available on site!

    These are just a few highlights. You can read the full Engagement Report here (under Documents). As a special thank you to our residents, we created this video showcasing the wide range of ideas and inspiration from our community.

    Further consultation with neighbours

    During the meeting, the Mayor read six comments (deputations) from residents, including many who live near the Mulock Property.

    Council agreed that the Town will conduct further consultation with neighbouring residents so they can provide their input on the future property and solutions to address potential impacts.

    Moving into Phase Two – Design

    Throughout the consultation process, five priorities emerged and will act as guiding principles for the project going forward:

    1. Make it a destination
    2. Root it in history while looking forward
    3. Connect it to town
    4. Keep it natural
    5. Make it inclusive and accessible

    The main purpose of the meeting was to understand the community's feedback against technical challenges and opportunities and gather further feedback from Council. 

    Council discussed various elements for the property, such as:

    • Creating an Art or Culture Hub or integrating creative art elements
    • Inclusion of a water feature, that is interactive for all ages, not a splash pad
    • Use of a skate path and its length
    • Consideration to phase-in some elements a few years down the road
    • How to enhance the natural landscape, particularly with gardens
    • Connection to Jim Bond Park
    • Parking options and alternative, forward thinking ways to access the property
    • A structured community hub
    • Bringing the house up to assembly use (e.g. adding an elevator, a functioning kitchen)

    Council's feedback and direction will help to narrow in on elements for the consultants to consider as they move into designing three concepts for the property.  

    What's next?

    The project moves into Phase Two and the consultant team will soon begin developing three Master Plan design concepts that will eventually be refined to one Master Plan.

    Design concepts will integrate elements from the five design principles, each based on an emotive theme, such as:

    • Peaceful
    • Expressive
    • Energized

    Council agreed that these plans will:

    • Not include a full-sized outdoor ice rink
    • Include a skating path in two of three concepts (which may be considered as a phased approach)
    • Assume the house will be updated for adaptive re-use that offers flexibility for a range of options. The house discussion is now complete.
    • Include Jim Bond Park, subject to further consultation with the property's immediate neighbours

    Phase one is now complete and another significant step forward has been taken on the journey to create an iconic and celebrated community hub.

    As the process evolves, we'll continue to seek feedback from the community. Visit to read the Engagement Report, provide comments and stay in-the-know.

    For more information, please view the staff report to Council available at

    For more information on other items discussed at the Special Council Meeting on May 25, 2020, please view the Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions, under Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. To view live streamed or archived video meetings, visit

    Special Council Meeting: May 19, 2020

    Here's what happened at the Special Council Meeting on May 19, 2020: 

    Revised Workplan for 2020 and Q1 2020 Update

    Newmarket Council approved a revised Workplan for 2020 projects. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town has focused its efforts on providing essential services for the community. As a result, a number of projects have been reprioritized.

    The revised Workplan for 2020 includes new dates for reports and projects like, Financial Plans and updates, 2021 Fees and Charges, Newmarket's Cultural Master Plan and more.

    For a full list of the revised workplan, please view the staff report to Council located at

    COVID-19 Financial Update

    Newmarket Council was provided with an update to the Town's financial situation due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    It is estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic could create a deficit of up to $8.5 million for the Town's tax-supported operating budget (services, programs and initiatives supported by property taxes). This deficit can be linked to a number of programs and initiatives such as the Financial Relief Program for residents and businesses, the Town's Emergency Response to COVID-19, loss of user fee revenues (facility closures deferral of construction projects etc.), and other operating losses.

    The Town is looking for ways to reduce the projected deficit by implementing cost-saving measures such as expense reduction, staffing redeployment, service level reductions and other financial strategies.

    Impacts to the rate-supported (services funded by fees and charges) and capital budgets are expected to be much smaller and more manageable.

    For more information, please view the staff report to council located at

    2021 Budget Process and Target

    Newmarket Council approved the 2021 Budget process and target dates. It is important to note that the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of emergency may impact 2021 budget decisions.

    Please see the proposed 2021 Budget schedule below:

    • October 5 – Preliminary draft budgets will be presented to Committee of the Whole. This will be the first look at the operating and capital budgets.
    • October 2020 – Special Committee of the Whole meeting dedicated to review the capital and rate-supported operating budget.
    • November 2020 – Special Committee of the Whole meetings dedicated to review the tax-supported operating budget.
    • December 14 – Target date to approve the 2021 Budget.

    As always, community engagement will be very important in helping to shape the 2021 budget. Community engagement and consultation will begin over the summer months with the Town seeking out new and creative ways to engage and interact with the community virtually.

    For more information, please view the staff report to Council available at

    For more information on other items discussed at the Special Council Meeting on April 27, 2020, please view the
    Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions, under 
    Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. To view live streamed or archived video meetings, visit

    Special Council Meeting: April 27, 2020

    Here's what happened at the Special Council Meeting on April 27, 2020: 

    Financial Relief Plan for Residents and Businesses during COVID-19

    Newmarket Council approved a Financial Relief Program to assist residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Financial Relief Program provides those most affected by the global pandemic by expanding tax and water bill relief to include:

    • No penalty and interest charges on property tax payments until January 1, 2021
    • Reminder: The Town will continue to withdraw Pre-Authorized Payments (PAP) as scheduled. Those on any PAP Plan are required to notify the Town in writing (email in order to stop all payment withdrawals from their PAP plan. Doing so will remove your participation from the PAP. Those who wish to return to a PAP in the future will need to re-apply and the balance owning on their account must be $0. 
    • No penalty and interest charges for late payment of water/wastewater bills until January 1, 2021
    • Reducing water and wastewater rates by 4.69 per cent beginning May 1, 2020
    • Waiving all Non-Sufficient Fund (NSF) penalties until the end of June 2020
    • Deferring the stormwater charges to November 2020
    • No penalty and interest charges for all Town accounts receivable including development agreements, leases and sponsorships


    Emergency Measures By-law to enforce orders under the Emergency Management Civil Protection Act

    Newmarket Council approved a new Emergency Measures By-law. This bylaw was created to support the Town in protecting the health and safety of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Measures By-law will allow the Town to:

    • Enforce physical social distancing recommendations by the Province of Ontario (i.e. asking individuals, who are not from the same household, to stay at least 6ft. away from each other when in public areas.)
    • Allow the Town to place conditions or requirements for essential businesses to follow in order to operate safely (i.e. limit the number of people in the store at a time to ensure safe physical distancing)  
    • Enforce fines established under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act through the Town's Administrative Monetary Penalties System (AMPS). An amendment to the AMPS By-law will allow the Town to process ticket disputes while the Provincial Courts remain closed and create a more efficient process for the Town and residents.

    COVID-19 has created unprecedented circumstances that are not addressed within the existing Newmarket By-laws. Having an Emergency Measures By-law will give the town more tools to focus on its number on priority – slowing and stopping the spread of COVID-19. This bylaw will only be in effect until the state of emergency for the Town is lifted.

    The Town will always take an education-first approach. Its goal is to ensure everyone understands and follows the existing and new bylaws during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fines are only issued when there is a need to protect the public's health and safety.  

    Amendment to the Administrative Monetary Penalties System (AMPS) By-law

    Newmarket Council amended the Administrative Monetary Penalties System (AMPS) By-law to include the following bylaws:

    • Accessory Dwelling Units By-law 2013-13;
    • Animal Control By-law 2016-53;
    • By-law 2002-151:
      • Schedule 1 (Adult Entertainment Parlours);
      • Schedule 2 (Adult Video Stores);
      • Schedule 7 (Body Rub Parlours);
      • Schedule 15 (Newspaper Boxes);
    • Clean Yards By-law 2017-63;
    • Clothing Donation Bins By-law 2016-33;
    • Fireworks By-law 2015-18
    •  Property Standards By-law 2017-62;
    • Second Hand Goods Shops By-law 2008-79;
    • Sign By-law 2017-73; and
    •  Waste Collection By-law 2017-19.

    The AMPS By-law was established in September 2019 to deal with parking-related offences. This By-law was introduced to assist over-burdened courts by streamlining ticket disputes and providing the Town a more efficient way to enforce these offences. 

    With new emergency orders issued by the Province of Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town is facing some challenges in enforcement because most of the By-laws are administratively handled by the Provincial Offences Act through the court system. 

    By including the above stated Newmarket By-laws into the AMPS By-law, the Town will now be able to resolve matters within 30-60 days. This is a shorter timeframe in comparison to the lengthy process of provincial courts (which are currently closed due to COVID-19) and can normally take up to a year to resolve.

    For more information, please view the staff report available at

    Newmarket's response to COVID-19

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, Newmarket staff members have been extremely responsive to the changing COVID-19 landscape in order to assist the community. Newmarket's response includes, but is not limited to:

    • Activation of the Town's Emergency Operations Centre to ensure that essential services are being maintained for the safety of the community and adjusted to meet the needs and health and safety of staff. 
    • Increased daily communications to residents through the Town's communication channels, including a COVID-19 web portal.
    • Monitoring Provincial and Federal updates and developing programs that will benefit residents and the municipality
    • Establishing a Community Positivity Program - #StandApartTogether to help shine a light on the bright side of Newmarket during these challenging times. 
    • Establishing a virtual online hub for residents to enjoy recreation and culture activities at home – Home Sweet Home.

    To review the Town's full response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please view the information report.

    For more information on other items discussed at the Special Council Meeting on April 27, 2020, please view the
    Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions, under 
    Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. To view live streamed or archived video meetings, visit

    Emergency Council Meeting: March 18, 2020

    Here's what happened at the Emergency Council Meeting on March 18, 2020: 

    Town of Newmarket declares a State of Emergency

    Mayor John Taylor declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 in the Town of Newmarket. 

    “This is an unprecedented time that most of us have never experienced in our lifetime. Declaring a state of an emergency is not to incite panic, but to incite action and allow the Town to dedicate more resources and be in a better position to respond to COVID-19.” says Mayor John Taylor. “It is time for us as a community to do our part to help flatten the curve and stabilize the spread of COVID-19. We need to listen to our Public Health Officials and seriously practice social distancing in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 to save lives.”

    Following the Declaration of a state of emergency, the Town will also be activating its Emergency Operations Centre on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in response to COVID-19.

    Learn more about what declaring a State of Emergency means for the Town of Newmarket. 

    Property Taxes penalty fees and interest waived

    The Town is looking for ways to help provide financial relief from property taxes to residents. For the time being, the Town of Newmarket is going to waive all late payment fees and interests on all property tax accounts. Late payments for the March 26 and April 28 property due dates will not be subject to any late payment fees or interests. The Town will come back in 30-60 days with more options and details on a property tax deferral plan.

    Support for Community Groups

    Newmarket Council approved up to $25,000 in support of community meal programs, enhanced community food bank operations or to be used for other community needs. Newmarket is also working with these community groups on contingency planning to ensure they are able to meet the needs of the community during COVID-19.

    Cancellation of all Town of Newmarket Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings

    All upcoming Council Meetings, including Committee of the Whole and Public Planning Meetings are cancelled until further notice.

    Noise By-law exemption to allow for 24-hour service delivery

    Newmarket Council reviewed its Noise By-law and it currently meets the requirement to allow all service or delivery trucks, who are providing essential services to continue with their business outside of current daytime hours. This will ensure all essential services and stores will be stocked for our community. 

    For more information, please watch the archive video of the March 18, 2020 Emergency Council Meeting

    For more information on other items discussed at the Special Council Meeting on April 27, 2020, please view the
    Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions, under 
    Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. To view live streamed or archived video meetings, visit