Newmarket Council Highlights March 6 2017


Click on the image to watch the Newmarket Council of March 6th 2017 Meeting on Youtube.

Click on the image to watch the Newmarket Council of March 6th 2017 Meeting on Youtube.

Here's what happened at the Council Meeting on March 6, 2017:

Speed board signs
Traffic mitigation has been identified as one of the key strategic priorities of Council. Increased tools and tactics will be added in 2017 as part of the Town’s Safety Driven traffic management campaign. Newmarket residents will see new solar powered speed board signs coming to local neighbourhoods this spring. Five new solar powered signs will be added to the Town’s existing mobile signage, so that there will be one sign associated with each ward. Staff will work closely with Council, residents and the York Regional Police to identify speeding hot spots throughout the community.

Tree regulation and urban forestry
Recognizing both the environmental and financial benefits that trees have in the community, Council accepted staff recommendations to move forward with investigating additional tree preservation by-laws and policies in Newmarket. Staff will continue to research best practices in urban forestry and tree preservation. The next steps include preparing options for by-laws to protect trees on public and private property and potential revisions to existing tree policies. This would include opportunities for public engagement. Watch for the chance to have your say on this topic.

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


Save the date! Mark these events in your calendar:

Clocks Spring Forward on March 12
March 12: Central York Fire Services (CYFS) reminds residents that Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 12 at 2 a.m. (set your clocks forward one hour). Don't forget to replace the batteries and test your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms when changing your clocks. For more information visit

March Music and Magic
March 14: 
Come enjoy fun for the whole family at March Music and Magic at the Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive) from 9 a.m. to noon. Have a blast with interactive music and magic shows, crafts, games, jumping castle, train rides, face painting and more. Cost is $5 per child. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit 

Upcoming Theatre Performance
March 14: 
Moon Mouse - a children's cosmic adventure about celebrating differences with Marvin the Mouse at the Newmarket Theatre (505 Pickering Crescent) with performances at 2 and 7 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call the Theatre's Box Office at 905-953-5122.

March Break Fun at the Elman W. Campbell Museum
Visit the Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South) during March Break! There are different activities for children from ages 5 to 10 years old to enjoy.

  • Tuesday, March 14: Paint an object day from noon to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 15: Snowflake Party from noon to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17: Drop-in for free games and activities from noon to 3 p.m. (no pre-registration required)
  • Saturday, March 18: Ukrainian Easter Egg Workshop at 1:30 p.m.

For more information or to pre-register, visit or call 905-953-5314.

Volunteer Appreciation Applications Due
March 25: 
Do you know someone who takes the time out of their busy schedule to volunteer? Please take the time to nominate a deserving individual from our community. Volunteers play a very important role in our community. There are a number of categories to consider. The recognition ceremony will be recognized on Tuesday, April 25. 

Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place Open House
March 25: 
The Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place is celebrating 22 years and they are having an Open House. Come out and join this free event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as they showcase dozens of weekly programs and activities. Free light refreshments will be provided along with special events and bus trip information. For more information, call the Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place at 905-953-5325.

Spring Programs and Summer Camp Registration
Sign up for Spring 2017 Recreation Programs as soon as applications open! Registration for Newmarket residents began on Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30 a.m. and will begin on Wednesday, March 15 at 8:30 a.m. for non-residents.Visit to view the 2017 Spring+Summer Activity Guide.

Summer Camps registration has begun! Sign up today as spots are limited and programs are filling up quick. Visit to view the online Summer Camp Guide.

For more information, call 905-895-5193. 

Get Involved - Newmarket's Proposed East-West Bikeway Public Information Centre
As part of its ongoing public education efforts, the Town of Newmarket invites you to join a Public Information Centre about an exciting new bike lane initiative. Please join us on Thursday, March 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall, Hall 3 (200 Doug Duncan Drive) to learn more about Newmarket's proposed East-West Bikeway. This is an informal meeting where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and view plans for the Bikeway (no formal presentation). The Bikeway will consist of dedicated cycling lanes, allowing cyclists to travel safely in an east-west corridor from the GO Station to Leslie Street via Eagle Street, Millard Avenue, Park Avenue, Main Street, Timothy Street, Prospect Street and Srigley Street.

If you would like to find out more information about this project or have questions about the meeting, please contact Bill Gould, Senior Transportation Coordinator at 905-895-5193 or email
Newmarket's Ray Twinney Recreation Complex receives Provincial funding for Building Enhancements
On January 31, the Province of Ontario and Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), through the Ontario150 Community Capital Program, announced that the Town of Newmarket will receive $500,000 over 11 months to make building enhancements and upgrades to the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (100 Eagle Street West).

Administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, Ontario150 Community Capital Program grants will help non-profit organizations, municipalities and Indigenous communities renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure. The one-time, Ontario150 grant has been designed to help honour the province’s past, showcase the present and inspire future generations.

The funding available under the Ontario150 Community Capital Program, together with the Town’s asset replacement fund, allows for repair and replacement of mechanical systems and roofing, resurfacing floors, creating a family change room, updating bathroom and lounge spaces and renovating the existing kitchen.
Once the renovations are complete, the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex will accommodate existing community programming needs and residential intensification. The enhancements will invigorate existing space to be more welcoming and engaging to all by improving its accessibility and vibrancy.
To learn more about this program, visit or call 905-895-5193.

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Forward to a Friend

Upcoming Council Meetings:

Committee of the Whole
March 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)

April 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)

March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) 

April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)

For a full list of Newmarket meetings, visit

We're currently hiring for the positions listed below:

Apply by 5 p.m. on the date listed above. To stay up-to-date with the most recent job opportunities, please visit Newmarket's Job Opportunities page

High Water Warning 

Residents are reminded to take caution around local bodies of water such as Fairy Lake, the Holland River and storm water ponds. Please use extreme caution, and advise your children to stay away from all water courses due to high water levels.

2017 Interim Tax Notices

Tax bills have been mailed out and the interim tax due dates are as follows:

  • Second instalment: March 28
  • Third instalment: April 25

You may pay your taxes by mail, cash, cheque, telephone/online banking, post-dated cheque, direct debit, pre-authorized payment, credit card (online only) and/or epost. For your convenience, there is also a drop box located at the entrance to the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive).

For more information or if you have not received your tax bill, call 905-895-5193 or visit Failure to receive a tax bill does not excuse a taxpayer from responsibility for payment of taxes by the due dates or the application of late fees apply.

Volunteers needed!
The Town of Newmarket needs volunteers on Tuesday, March 14 for the March Music and Magic event at the Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive). Volunteers are needed from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to help with crafts, fun, games, customer service, security, jumping castle, train host and assistant at the stage.

For more information and to register, please visit

2017 Special Event Call-out for Performers
The Town of Newmarket is looking for acts to perform at our special events throughout 2017. We are looking for a variety of acts such as musical performers (singers, instruments, DJ), buskers, stage show performers and more.

To view the performer application, including a list of all 2017 events, please visit