Newmarket Council Highlights of Monday May 7th 2018


Update on GO Transit expansion in Newmarket


As Newmarket and York Region’s populations continue to expand, Metrolinx is building in and around Newmarket to provide residents with more connections to the entire GO network with faster, more frequent local service. Two key components of this expansion are the Mobility Hub Study for the existing Tannery GO Station and the proposed new station on Mulock Drive.

The Mobility Hub Study for the Newmarket GO Station (Tannery) has now been completed. The Town of Newmarket worked closely with Metrolinx, partner organizations and the community to identify opportunities to improve the GO station and the surrounding areas. Key improvements include better integration with local transit, improved signage and wayfinding, new pedestrian and cycling connections, and enhanced customer amenities such as bicycle parking, pick-up and drop-off areas, ticketing and transit plazas. Work on this initiative is anticipated to begin in 2018.

Recently, over 100 residents attended a public meeting hosted by Metrolinx to learn more about the proposed Mulock Station (south of Mulock Drive and west of Bayview Avenue). The presentation outlined the details of the proposal, including a station design concept. The vision for this new station is to be a full service station that integrates with bus service and bicycle trails. The Town is currently undertaking a secondary planning process for the lands surrounding the Mulock Station that will include considerations like the future road network, transit-oriented design, compatibility and integration with the surrounding areas and transportation/transit systems and more. Watch for more details coming soon.

Policies for Financial Sustainability
Council approved a series of policies for Financial Sustainability at the May 7 Council meeting. The Town’s Sustainable Financial Strategy is based upon five elements: Asset Management; Debt; Investment Strategy; Revenues; and Reserves & Reserve Funds. Where applicable, these policies and strategies will be factored into the 2019 budget process. Click here to read about the policies for Financial Sustainability.

Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions, are 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:


HollisWealth Story Pod - now open! 
Stop by the Newmarket HollisWealth Story Pod at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). Visit the Story Pod to take a book, read it at your leisure and return it once you are finished, or bring another book to share with the community. The HollisWealth Story Pod, in design and function, encourages you to open your heart and mind to life’s possibilities similar to the way a book does. The HollisWealth Story Pod is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (weather dependent). This Story Pod is sponsored by HollisWealth, AKB, Scholastic Canada and the Newmarket Public Library.
Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive), daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Moonlight Movie - May 20
Enjoy a movie under the stars on a large inflatable screen at Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) at dusk. The movie featured will be “Trolls”. Don’t forget to bring a snack, lawn chair and blanket. Free popcorn will be provided by the Newmarket Scouts. In the case of inclement weather, the movie will be relocated indoors to the Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive).
Location and time: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) at 8:45 p.m. 


Touch a Truck - May 24
This hands-on event is back! Get up close and personal with cool vehicles and trucks of all different sizes at the Newmarket Operations Centre (1275 Maple Hill Court). Explore some of your favourite trucks such as a fire truck, Zamboni, backhoe, dump truck and more! Food will be provided by Vince’s Market.
Location and time: Newmarket Operations Centre (1275 Maple Hill Court) from 5 to 8 p.m. 



Discovery Walking Tours - Until June
This walking series will keep you spellbound as you learn from local guides. You can get in on the action by sharing your stories and asking questions. Walks are 1 hour in length. Free admission. Register online at The walks are as follows: 
May 17: Architectural gems in Downtown Newmarket
June 7: Native plant discovery
Location and time: Walks will depart from Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) at 1 p.m.  

Newmarket Heritage Lecture Series - May 17
Join us for a fascinating Newmarket Heritage lecture 'Cemeteries and Tombstones Reveal Your Family History' with an interactive Q&A afterwards. 
Location and time: Serpa Galleries, Newmarket Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) from 7 to 8 p.m. 

Create a Victorian Costume - May 19 and 26
Learn about historic fabrics and see examples of Victorian Costumes from Museum collections. You can discover heritage patterns, find out how to source fabrics, and learn how to put together materials from thrift shops. Consult with an experienced re-enactment seamstress on how to use patterns to create your own Victorian costume. Suitable for ages 18 and over. Cost is $50 per participant, this is a two day course. 
Location and time: Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South) from 1 to 3 p.m.

Beam On Art Exhibition - Until June 28
In honour of Canadian Mental Health Week and National Youth Week, The Mindful Project will be showcasing the 2nd annual Beam On art exhibition with over 30 artists. Admission is free. 
Location and time: Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street), Tuesday to Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.  

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 of Newmarket and Main Street Clock Inc. reach agreement on development plan for historic Clock Tower
Existing building and heritage elements to be maintained
The Town of Newmarket is pleased to announce that through a very cooperative process with Main Street Clock Inc. (MSC Inc.), a settlement has been reached for the future development of the historic Clock Tower and 184-194 Main Street, Newmarket. This proposal will mostly consist of renovation within the existing building and could include office, residential and retail uses.

The community can expect the Clock Tower to generally look similar to how it looks today, with heritage elements being maintained. The front of the buildings on Main Street will be restored using appropriate heritage conservation techniques. This development will help to continue to refresh and revitalize Newmarket’s downtown core, while paying tribute to the rich history and heritage of the area. 

For more information, please view the full media release

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Welcome to Newmarket: There's a place for you here  


The Town of Newmarket’s 2016/2017 Community report is hot off the press. This 18-month overview highlights the Town’s many successes and accomplishments from June 2016 to December 2017. The report attributes much of the Town’s success to the collaborative efforts between Newmarket Council, staff and numerous community partners and organizations. View the 2016/2017 Community Report and let us know what you think by completing a brief survey to be entered into a draw for a $50 gift certificate for a local restaurant of your choice. View the full media release.

Bike Lanes in Newmarket
The warm weather means more cyclists are travelling around Town on our bike lanes. Help ensure safety for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians by following the rules of the road.
Please remember:
Bike lanes are to be used for bicycles only. No other forms of transportation are permitted in bike lanes.
Parking in a bike lane is not permitted.
Learn more about bike lanes in Newmarket by clicking the links below:
Current and planned bike lane projects in Newmarket
Types of bike lanes
Bike lane signs and symbols
Bike lane – FAQ
Do you have further questions or comments about bike lanes? Call 905-895-5193 or take our traffic mitigation survey which outlines our cyclist safety