Newmarket Council Meeting January 22 2018


Here's what happened at the Council Meeting on January 22, 2018

Interim tax bill dates
The interim tax bill dates have been approved by Council. The 2018 due dates will be February 22, March 27 and April 26. Property tax payments can be made via internet, phone or ATM banking, post-dated cheques, pre-authorized payment plans, by mail or in person at:
Town of Newmarket Municipal Offices
395 Mulock Drive, Newmarket, On
L3Y 4X7
For more information on your property taxes and payment options, please visit


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,



Save the date! Mark these events in your calendar:

Newmarket Ice Lounge - Open now until February 19
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!
Location: Newmarket's Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) 

iWonder - Help us re-imagine our neighbourhood spaces - Saturday, January 27
Many of our neighbourhoods have spaces that have been idling, lying dormant, invisible, without a purpose. Now is the time to discover their hidden potential by exploring new experiences that can bring these spaces to life. 
Location and Time: Community Centre and Lions Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Winterfest - Saturday, February 17
Bring the family and join us for some winter fun, both indoors and outdoors! 
Location and Time: Newmarket's Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive), 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Winterfest Free Skating and Swimming - Sunday, February 18
Bring your family and friends to enjoy a free skate and swim. Choose one activity or stay for both! It's a fun way to stay active. 
Location and Time: Ray Twinney Complex (100 Eagle Street West), noon to 2 p.m. (free public skate) and 2 to 4 p.m. (free public swimming) 

Seniors' Meeting Place: Valentine's Day Bus Trip - Wednesday, February 14
Join us for a fun-filled day on our mystery Valentine's Day bus excursion. Don't miss out on this mystery trip! The last day to book is Friday, January 26. Cost is $94 for members and $99 for non-members. For more information, please call 905-953-5325.  
Location and Time: 

  • Bus departs at 7:45 a.m. from the Seniors' Meeting Place (474 Davis Drive) 
  • Bus departs at 8:15 a.m. from the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (100 Eagle Street West)
  • Expected return time is 5:15 p.m. 

Passage to Freedom: Secrets of the Underground Railroad - February 7 to 27
The Elman W. Campbell Museum presents this compelling and interactive exhibit in recognition of Black History Month. The exhibit explores slavery, and the Underground Railroad, a secret network that assisted fugitive slaves escape to freedom in Canada, and the challenges they faced once in Canada. 
Location and Time: Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street), open Tuesday to Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 2 to 4 p.m. 


Donate to the Town’s Mitten Tree “Warm Hearts, Warm Hands” - until March
Help keep others warm during the cold winter months by attaching new (handmade or purchased) mittens, hats and scarves to the Town’s Mitten Tree. Donations will be accepted until March. Everyone is welcome to take what they need from the tree. Leftover items will be donated to Inn From The Cold. Thank you for your support!
Location: Newmarket's Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive)  

For up-to-date weather and cancellation details of Town-run outdoor events, please call 1-877-PLAY936 (1-877-752-9936) on the day 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.



Town receives $90,000 grant for Community Energy Plan

Newmarket has been awarded funding in the amount of $90,000 from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program) to implement the Town’s Community Energy Plan (CEP). This plan is consistent with Newmarket’s longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability. The grant will cover the majority of the costs of a feasibility study for the Newmarket Energy Efficiency Retrofit (NEER) program. The NEER program is the first step in achieving Newmarket’s transformational targets of 40 per cent reduction of energy use and GHG emissions per capita by 2031. Stay tuned for more information coming on the CEP in 2018.

New online parking payment solution

Newmarket has launched a new parking payment solution that allows users to pay their parking tickets online, dispute tickets and apply for parking exemptions. Please note parking exemptions are not available during the winter months from November 1 to April 15. For more information, visit

Winter Parking Restrictions 

Residents are reminded that winter parking restrictions are in effect until April 15. It is strictly prohibited to park a vehicle on any roadway: 

  • That interferes with the cleaning of snow 
  • Between the hours of 2 to 6 a.m. (until April 15) 
  • For more than three consecutive hours (except between 7 and 11 p.m.) 
  • In front of or within two feet of a driveway or laneway 

For more information call 905-895-5193 or visit  

York Region Joint Compliance Audit Committee

York Region's municipalities are recruiting members for appointment to the 2018 to 2022 Municipal Elections Joint Compliance Audit Committee. The application deadline is Friday, February 2. For more information, visit or email 


Upcoming Council Meetings

Committee of the Whole
February 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)

Council Meeting
February 12 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)

Committee of the Whole
February 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)

Joint Council/Library Board Workshop
January 30
 at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) 

Joint Council Committee - Central York Fire Services
March 6
 at 9:30 a.m. at the Town of Aurora, Holland Room  

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


2018 Waste and Recycling Calendar - your 2018 collection day may have changed 

Download a digital copy of the 2018 Waste and Recycling Calendar  for all your waste and recycling needs. Visit to see if you 2017 collection day has changed. Remember to have all items at the curb by 7 a.m. to ensure pick-up. 

Thin ice warning - stay away from all bodies of water


Residents are reminded to take precautions around local bodies of water such as Fairy Lake, the Holland River and storm water ponds. Although ice may appear thick enough to venture out on, it may not be. Use extreme caution and remind your children that ice is unsafe for skating or playing. 

By working together, sharing information, ideas and being engaged in our community we have achieved results for Ward 6 together.