Rob is a man of action. Others talked about fixing the ice shortage, suggesting targets far short of the need. But Rob has actually delivered what we need now – six new sheets of ice. As we say in hockey, don’t change a winning game!"

Mark Bentley
former President, Minor Oaks Hockey Association

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Key performance indicators…

Controlled Growth

Falling Tax-paid Debt

Lower Tax Increases

More Greenspace

How Rob gets great results for you…

We're making Oakville Canada's most livable town

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Rob has shown he's the one you can trust to keep his election promises to control growth, debt and taxes, protect as much greenspace as possible, catch up on community facilities, and shift costs of growth off of local taxpayers.
A PROMISE KEEPER
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  • Livable Oakville Plan implemented
    Rob and Council unanimously passed a new Zoning By-law that completes implementation of the 2010 Livable Oakville Official Plan that protects our neighbourhoods, limits growth to designated areas, preserves green space lands for natural areas, and sets aside land for creation of 1,000 good jobs a year. Click this line to check the last two Census reports to see how much growth control Rob has achieved.
  • Traffic-easing plans underway
    Two coordinated Transportation Master Plans for regional and town roads have been unanimously adopted after extensive public consultation and are now underway, to improve traffic. As well, we are well into our ten year residential road renewal program. By 2021, we will have 100% of residential roads at good quality and keep them there. Only 60% of roads were at the good quality level before Rob became Mayor.
  • Bigger green space preserved
    Rob and Council unanimously created a new, larger and enhanced Natural Heritage System of protected green space across Halton amounting to 51% of Halton. This "eNHS" protects and extends the first NHS across north Oakville and will deliver cleaner air and water.
    Rob has made Oakville a leader in the protection of green space.
  • New recreation centre opens
    Rob and Council opened the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in 2012, bringing to a total of almost 800,000 square feet (a 70% increase) of long-overdue community facilities added to the Town’s previous inventory of about 1.15 million square feet in these two terms.
  • Developer subsidy demand defeated
    Rob and Council unanimously voted to freeze growth when developers appealed our new development charges in a vain effort to get us to finance their infrastructure, which would have shifted their business risk to the taxpayer while developers got the profit.
  • Fourth heritage district created
    Special guidelines are now in place to protect heritage and non-heritage buildings located within an area loosely bounded by Robinson Street to the south, Dunn Street to the east, Navy Street to the west and Randall Street to the north in Oakville's iconic downtown village. The guidelines govern everything from alterations and additions to heritage and non-heritage buildings to the demolition and removal of buildings and structures within the district.
    “I think council made a wise decision,” said Oakville’s six-term former mayor and Chair of Heritage Oakville Harry Barrett. “I can’t think of a thing in all the years I’ve been involved with the Town that had more public input. I think this is a move forward for the town. There is no shortage of heritage worth protecting in this area.”
  • Non-partisan municipal decisions
    Rob and Council made almost every decision unanimously because they listen to each other, park political party labels at the door, and always put the needs of the whole town first.
A STRATEGIC LEADER
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  • Oakville keeps winning at OMB
    We won consistently at the OMB again this term (another change for the better with Rob, and after 8 years, clearly no fluke). We have gone from only winning 25% of all OMB cases before Rob became mayor, to winning more than 67% with Rob.
    Gone are the days when previous mayor Ann Mulvale would say, 'We must give developers what they want because we always lose at the OMB'.   — Now we win!
  • Auditor General upholds Oakville
    The Auditor General of Ontario reported that Rob's unanimously adopted measures on the power plant had not caused any of the costs of killing it, backing up what Rob had testified to the Legislature's gas plant committee. The Auditor General blamed decisions at the Ontario Power Authority for the costs, which the Auditor General deemed unnecessary. Oakville's interim control by-law prohibited power plants while the Town developed appropriate planning rules for power plant sites. At the Ontario Municipal Board hearing that upheld the by-law, it was called “exactly the right action, at exactly the right time.”"
  • New schools sooner now
    Rob and Council created a way for school boards to get new school sites in new subdivisions sooner, which will prevent future over-crowding in existing schools by relieving the need to use them as "holding" schools while new schools are built. Rob believes in planning ahead to prevent overdue infrastructure.
  • Rob benefits Oakville charities
    Rob has continued to work with local charities to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for vulnerable members of our community, to strengthen our social safety net.
  • New 4-year plan succeeds
    Rob and Council unanimously created a second 4-year strategic work plan, building on the success of their first one. Then, they delivered: it’s now almost done.
  • Rob leads Oakville forward
    Rob and Council are leading Oakville forward with: award-winning master plans for job creation, urban forestry and heritage; air quality and health protection; grid-based transit; faster fire response times; smoother roads and more GO parking, as well as an expanding network of bike lanes, all by unanimous Council votes, the result of consensus-seeking and compromise.
  • Rob consults community leaders
    Rob continues the monthly Community Leaders Roundtable he created in 2009. Leaders of residents groups discuss issues and look for consensus solutions that work for all.
A CAREFUL MANAGER
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  • Tax increases below inflation
    Rob kept total tax increases in his second term 20% below inflation, for an average over the term of just 1.95% a year. The average for the last four years of the previous mayor was 57% more than inflation. And the total tax increase for 2014 was only 0.7% — which is well below inflation and the lowest in 15 years.
  • Our AAA credit rating kept safe
    Rob protected and kept our credit rating at the highest level, AAA. The City of Toronto and the Regional Municipality of York and the Province of Ontario have credit ratings of only AA. Federal and Provincial governments report their debt on a "net" basis, net of assets. On the net basis, Oakville and Halton could report no debt. That's how much stronger than the federal or provincial governments' our financial condition is.
  • Rob keeps cutting tax-paid debt
    Rob and Council will have cut the town debt paid for by you the taxpayer from $24 million in 2006 to $10.7 million by the end of Rob's first eight years in office and to only $6 million by the end of Rob's first ten years as mayor.
    The previous mayor had more than doubled tax-supported town debt in her last eight years.
  • Hospital donation promise kept
    The Town was able to pay for its donation to the new hospital by skillful financial management that raised new, non-tax revenues to carry the cost of the donation instead of by raising property taxes. No mayor has ever been able to do this before in any municipality.
  • PB2 keeps creating efficiencies
    Rob's business-style financial management, called Performance Based Program Budgeting ("PB2"), the modern form of Zero Base Budgeting, continues to make the Town more efficient and effective. We spend efficiencies before looking to tax increases to keep Oakville more affordable.
    Oakville's total tax rates for residential and business are each lower than Burlington's and Mississauga's, and 5th lowest in the GTA.
  • Public engagement model admired
    Rob listens. He improved and expanded public consultation to make better decisions, with broad support. Now, other municipalities are adopting Oakville's Public Engagement Guidelines

Rob’s vision is a more Livable Oakville.
Rob's focus is you and your family.
Rob's brand is results you can trust.

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Promise made and kept…

We're controlling growth

1996-2016 Oakville Growth


You see Rob's success at growth control in the two census reports during Rob's time as mayor. The rate of growth before Rob was 40% higher than during Rob's first term of office. The rate of growth before Rob became mayor was 130% higher than it is now. Rob's Livable Oakville official plan controls growth to only what fits environmentally and economically.The out of control growth rate before Rob became mayor at the end of 2006 is now history.



A greenspace record…

We're 51% greenspace!

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Our 2,300 acre (900 hectare) Oakville Natural Heritage System is part of our 124,000 acres (50,181 hectare) Halton Enhanced Natural Heritage System of green space and our green space is making a difference for our air and water environment in Oakville and Halton, with the larger Halton system providing extra protection for the Oakville system of green space.
Over half of Halton is protected.

Strongest finances!

Fiscal health enables us

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Mayor Rob Burton is proud that the Town has the strongest financial strength of all municipalities. (Click here to see.)

  • We are nowhere near our provincial debt limit. Our tax-payer supported debt will be down to $4 million in 2017, down from $24 million when Rob became mayor.
  • We continue to have the benefit of a AAA credit rating because of our strong financial status and low tax-supported debt level.
  • The hospital donation financing is being carried by other sources, thanks to Rob's entrepreneurial leadership through increased revenues from new business ventures by Oakville Enterprises, Inc. that have no effect whatsoever on our tax bills, or our electricity bills, or on Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution, Inc.
  • Rob was the founder and general manager of YTV and he says to be careful about people who claim to be able to do a better job with Oakville's finances and operations when they don't have anything like Rob's corporate business experience and success.

More on our Town's top fiscal health here: 
Oakville fiscal health #1

Rob's highlights…


New Hospital

New Hospital

In two elections, 2010 and 2014, Rob Burton was the only candidate who guaranteed the necessary local contribution to the new, safe, modern Oakville Hospital we needed, without using taxes or electricity bills in any way, thanks to his new, green energy cash flow to the Town. The other candidates were going to impose special per-home extra taxes, just as the communities of Burlington and Milton had to. Q&A about the hospital debate has its own page on this site:

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QEPCCC opens

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Vision for transforming abandoned high school into new Q.E. Park Community and Cultural Centre opened in early 2012

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Greenspace wins

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Oakville's precedent-setting Natural Heritage System is protecting 930 hectares of greenspace, and it inspired the Halton enhanced Natural Heritage System that protects half of Halton.

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Tree cover grows

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A map of Oakville's tree canopy cover

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4-year plans work

Results page of Let's Talk Oakville

View all the accomplishments of Council's first and second unanimous 4 year Strategic Work Plans and what's in the 3rd:

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Debunking myths

Councillors' 2010 newspaper ad setting record straight

View the newspaper ad by Councillors Elgar, Lapworth, Adams and Khan debunking 2010 election myths.

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Ann's levy: +12%/yr

Mulvale raised the tax levy an average of 12% a year for 18 years

As mayor for 18 years before Rob, Mulvale presided over an average increase in the tax levy of 12% a year.

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Rob cuts levy rises

Councillors' 2010 newspaper ad setting record straight

The total tax levy rose an average of 7% a year for the four years before Rob became mayor. Rob got it down to 5% in his first four years and 3% in this term's four years.

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Your taxes lower

Rob has got our taxes lower than our GTA neighbours

Rob has kept tax increases so low that our property tax rates are now lower than our neighbours in the GTA.

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Cutting the tax rate

Rob cut the tax rate every year

Rob has cut the total tax rate every year for ten years (2018 estimated).

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Lowest GTA tax rise

Rob's 2014 tax increase lowest in GTA neighbours

Rob kept the 2014 tax increase lower than our neighbours in the GTA.

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Cutting tax-paid debt

By 2014, Rob had cut Town debt paid for by taxes to less than half of the almost $25 million he inherited from the previous mayor, Mrs. Mulvale.

By 2014, Rob had cut Town debt paid for by taxes to less than half of the almost $25 million he inherited from the previous mayor, Mrs. Mulvale. Rob says, "We don't often use debt, but when we do we like to use debt paid for by others, not taxpayers." Meanwhile, our neighbours have been and will be increasing their tax-supported debt.

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Power plant killed

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Mayor Rob Burton and Oakville Councillors celebrate announcement by MPP Kevin Flynn and Energy Minister Brad Duguid that the power plant will not be built anywhere in Oakville.

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Mayoral statement

"Town Council and I applaud C4CA and our residents associations for their outstanding efforts. Coupled with our strategic by-laws and our relationship with the Province, together we have better protected our health and safety for the future."

 -- Mayor Burton

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C4CA thanks Rob

Frank Clegg, president of C4CA, praises the role of Mayor Burton and Council in stopping the power plant

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Cell tower protocol

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Rob and Council created a new Town "protocol" for dealing with applications to install new cell phone transmission towers.

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