Newmarket Council Meeting on November 13, 2017

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Here's what happened at the Council Meeting on November 13, 2017

Council approves updated Property Standards By-law and new Clean Yards By-law
Council approved updates to the Property Standards By-law and the new Clean Yards By-law at the November 13, 2017 Council meeting. The Property Standards By-law prescribes minimum standards for the maintenance of all properties including heritage attributes of properties designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, vacant properties, and enforcement penalties. The Clean Yards By-law was introduced to manage non-structural maintenance issues that require immediate remedy due to health and safety concerns (standing water, debris, composting, boulevard maintenance, long grass, unlicensed vehicles, firewood and general yard maintenance). For more information on these by-laws, visit 

Residential Parking Review
Council and members of staff will take part in a Council Workshop in 2018 to discuss the scope, scale and expected outcomes of the Town’s Residential Parking Review. A planned scope for the Residential Parking Review was prepared by staff, who studied the Town’s current approach to residential parking and looked for opportunities for improvements. Recommendations included reviewing current on-street parking regulations with an aim of increasing parking availability and alignment with active transportation, safety, sustainability, and road maintenance.

Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions, is available under Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. For more information or to view the reports, visit

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Committee of the Whole (Special) - November 20, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Newmarket’s Oak Ridges Moraine Lands Presentation

Council Workshop - November 20, 2017 - 1:30 PM


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Save the date! Mark these events in your calendar:


Newmarket Ice Lounge - December 1, 2017 until February 19, 2018
The Newmarket Ice Lounge is an outdoor winter lounge with modern furniture and an outdoor TV. The Ice Lounge is the coolest place in Town. Come by and chill with your friends and family this winter! Become part of the #NewmarketIceLounge and share your moment!
New this year: Surprise Saturday’s at the Newmarket Ice Lounge sponsored by Jay Miller Real Estate (selected Saturday’s).
Location: Newmarket's Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) 
Sponsor: Jay Miller Real Estate


Winter Wonderland and Frozen Friday’s - December 1, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Enjoy the light display and outdoor skating on the Tim Hortons Skating and Water Feature. Join us weekends for free train rides on the Tim Hortons Express Train (owned and operated by the Town of Newmarket). Frozen Friday’s are back with DJ Tyler Stevenson, warm beverages, a treat and more.
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: Newmarket's Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive)
Sponsors: TD Bank, H.J. Pfaff Audi, Cobs Bread, Main Street BIA, Cintas, Roadhouse and Rose, Pickle Barrel  

The Town of Newmarket also offers many other events, activities and programs throughout the fall. View our Fall/Winter Activity Guide online for more information. For up-to-date weather and cancellation details of Town-run outdoor events, please call 1-877-PLAY936 (1-877-752-9936) on the date of the event no more than two hours prior to the start time. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all events. Please contact the Town at 905-895-5193 or visit for more information.

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Newmarket welcomes Celestica's Toronto Operations
The Town of Newmarket is pleased to officially welcome Celestica, a leader in design, manufacturing and supply chain solutions for the world's most innovative companies to the community. Celestica will relocate its Toronto Manufacturing Operations to 213 Harry Walker Parkway South, over the next few years.
“We are proud to welcome Celestica to our community and look forward to working collaboratively on a successful relocation,” says Mayor Tony Van Bynen. “We share a similar vision and commitment to achieving excellence through innovation. Attracting high-calibre businesses like Celestica is a key part of our economic development strategy and will help to set the stage for the exciting future of Newmarket.”

For more information visit

2018 Budget

At the November 13, 2017 Special Committee of the Whole, staff delivered a presentation on the Town’s Capital and Rate Supported Operating budgets and at the November 20, 2017 Special Committee of the Whole, staff delivered a presentation on the Tax Supported Operating Budget (both subject to Council confirmation on December 4, 2017). All budget presentations and information can be found online at


Residents are invited to give the Town feedback on the 2018 budget by:

  • Contacting the Town at 905-895-5193 or emailing
  • Speaking with your Council representative. For more information, visit
  • Attending or giving a deputation at the November 27 Committee of the Whole meeting.

For updates on the budget process and more information, visit

Waste and recycling schedule change in 2018

Some residents in Newmarket will see a change to their waste and recycling pick-up day beginning on January 1, 2018. Use our online address look-up tool at to see if your collection day has changed. Please ensure all items are to the curb by 7 a.m. to ensure pick-up. 


World Town Planning Day
On November 82017 Town staff spoke with the public about various planning initiatives at the Newmarket GO Station as part of World Planning Day. Staff handed out 150 coffees to commuters and chatted about the future of the Newmarket GO Station, Davis Drive and the Town in general. Commuters were asked for feedback on what they would like to see more or less of on Yonge Street and Davis Drive for the chance to win a $150 Presto Card. Visit to learn more and to give the Town your feedback.


Pay Parking Fines Online
A new ticketing technology for parking enforcement has arrived in the Town of Newmarket. This new technology provides the option for people to pay parking tickets online rather than attending in-person at the Municipal Offices. The new parking ticket solution will allow a person to pay a parking ticket, dispute tickets, and apply for parking exemptions, except during the winter months from November 1 to April 15 on a yearly basis. Visit to learn more.

DocuPet Education Campaign

Please note community representatives, hired by DocuPet, will be going around Newmarket to advise residents to license cats and dogs as per the Town of Newmarket’s Animal Licensing, Regulation and Control By-law. DocuPet will not be participating in a door-to-door sales campaign and licenses will not be sold at the door however, a door hanger will be placed on door handles advising dog/ cat owners that they should be licensed. Dog and cat license fees cost $35 or $30 for residents 55 and over. Licenses can be purchased at by visiting or at Municipal Offices, Ray Twinney Recreation Complex or Magna Centre. For more information visit or call the Town at 905-895-5193.