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City of Burlington continues to closely monitor COVID-19 and take action to help protect City staff and residents.

For further Coronavirus (COVID-19) information, please visit Halton Region Public Health


All Burlington Parks to be Closed to Vehicular Access

Posted on Friday, April 03, 2020 12:00 PM

Physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most important steps everyone needs to take. The COVID-19 virus doesn’t move on its own; it needs people to move it. To discourage people from gathering and to help reduce the transmission of the virus, the City of Burlington is closing all vehicular access to our parks. Only walking, jogging, riding a bike or scooter/wheelchair through a park or trail is permitted. Remember to keep 2 metres away from others - about the length of a hockey stick.

The best thing residents can do to protect themselves and the community, is stay home.

All amenities in our parks have already been closed, please continue to respect the caution tape and keep off of playgrounds, sports fields, skateboard areas, tennis and basketball courts.

Over the next few days, the City will be placing signage and barricades in the entrances of parking lots to block vehicles from parking. Vehicles left in parking lots as of April 4 will be towed at the owner’s expense.


City Decision-Making through COVID-19 Emergency

Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2020 04:30 AM

Earlier this week the City of Burlington announced that we would extend the closures of City Hall, administration facilities, recreation facilities and parks through the end of June. While decisions like this continue to be made on a daily basis in response to the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, the way the City makes these decisions looks different than it has in the past.

The City wants to ensure the people of Burlington have a full understanding of what is happening behind the scenes during this emergency, and that we provide transparency about how issues are raised, and decisions are made during this challenging time.

City Council continues to be responsible for overall governance of the City and strategic decisions. Emergency-related and time-sensitive decisions that are being made on a daily, and sometimes hourly basis and relate primarily to operational issues are being managed by the city’s Emergency Control Group.

From a Municipal governance perspective, City Council is ultimately...

City Cancels Spring Programs and Extends Closures

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2020 06:30 AM

Burlington, Ont.—March 30, 2020 —Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the City of Burlington has decided to suspend all City-run spring programs and extend the closure of all recreation facilities, parks, playgrounds, sports fields and City administration facilities to the end of June.

During this time, all bookings will be cancelled, and credits will be placed on accounts. Refunds will be issued based on requests. Organizations and residents are asked to please be patient during this time as we process these cancellations. Questions related to rentals can be sent to For registrations, email

This decision, made by the City’s Emergency Control Group, follows the guidance of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada and the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health to prepare and plan for the months ahead. The City of Burlington regularly plans in quarters, including Council’s 4-year strategic workplan, Vision to Focus. We need to make decisions...

Update on OP timelines and processing of development applications as a result of COVID-19

Posted on Friday, March 27, 2020 11:30 AM

In these unprecedented times, it has been necessary for the City to make changes to various timelines and processes related to Planning and Building and By-law matters. To that end, the public meeting scheduled for April 14 on the official downtown policies has been pushed to fall to better enable the public and all stakeholders an opportunity to provide full feedback to staff and Council as decision makers, in a public and accountable forum. The City is currently processing development applications and building permit applications received by March 13. The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) has suspended all LPAT hearings until the end of June. As a result of COVID-19, processes for building inspections have been modified accordingly to keep both staff and the public safe.

Official Plan Update

Over the past few months, the Official Plan project team with help from planning firm, SGL Planning and Design, have been working on developing detailed policies. The endorsed land use vision and...

City successfully holds virtual special Council meeting and announces a modified schedule for Burlington Transit starting Sunday, March 29

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 01:30 PM

Burlington, Ont.—March 25, 2020 — In a continued effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while working to provide essential services to the community, the City of Burlington held the first of two virtual special City Council meetings yesterday. The meeting was used to discuss essential, time-sensitive business, including an amendment to a procedural bylaw that will allow virtual participation and remote voting at electronic City Council meetings, a remuneration report and Burlington Hydro’s operating line of credit.

Due to COVID-19 and public health concerns, no members of the public were permitted at the meeting and all Council members participated remotely, with the exception of Mayor Meed Ward who was in Council Chambers along with the Clerk/designate and an information technology technician.

Members of the public can view virtual Council meetings remotely using the City’s existing web streaming tool at While no delegations are currently permitted, written...