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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

Mayor applauds provincial closure of non-essential businesses, announces special council meeting and community town hall updates

Posted on Monday, March 23, 2020 01:30 PM

Burlington, Ont.—March 23, 2020 — The City of Burlington’s Mayor and Council are applauding the announcement today by the Province of Ontario. The Ontario Government will order the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days with the possibility of extending this order as the situation evolves. A full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open will be released by the province tomorrow. The Province also announced much needed funding for municipalities, which allows municipalities to provide direct support to homeless shelters, food banks and the local Red Cross.

The City of Burlington is announcing two special virtual City Council meetings on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. This meeting will be used to discuss time-sensitive matters. All other items will be deferred to a later date. To protect the public and City staff and to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 virus, a reminder...

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward has declared a State of Emergency for Burlington

Posted on Saturday, March 21, 2020 10:15 AM

Burlington, Ont. — March 21, 2020 — With the support of Council, senior City staff, our Emergency Control Group, and senior staff at Joseph Brant Hospital, I have decided it is time to declare a State of Emergency for Burlington.

The next few days are critical in our ongoing efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19 and I encourage our residents to continue taking every precaution in protecting yourselves.

Some of you may be asking why now, what has changed over the past few days?

While I thank our many residents who are heeding expert medical advice, we have noticed there is still some complacency in our community around the need to self-isolate, to engage in social distancing and to only go outside for essentials, such as food and medical needs or appointments.

With the end of March break, many people are returning home over the next few days and may need to restock their shelves. I urge these residents to self-isolate in your homes for 14 days and ask family, friends or neighbours...

Telephone Town Hall - March 26

City Announces Upcoming Telephone Town Hall On COVID-19 Response and Support

Posted on Friday, March 20, 2020 12:15 PM

The City of Burlington is announcing a public telephone town hall that will take place on Thursday, March 26 at 6:45 p.m.

We know there are a great deal of questions in our community related to health, finances, and supporting those in need. Important information is changing daily, and not everyone in our city has access to channels like television, the internet, and print media.  This one-hour town hall will be open to all members of the public and provide an opportunity to hear from a panel of leaders including members of council and senior staff, Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and our City Manager, Tim Commisso.

How to Participate

Burlington residential phone numbers will be randomly selected to be part of the telephone town hall. Residents who would like to be added to the telephone call list can email by the end of day March 25.

Anyone who does not receive a telephone invitation can call 1-800-280-9610 at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 to join the town hall. For...

Council considering tax relief for businesses and residents, applauds Provincial announcements today

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2020 12:15 PM

The City of Burlington is committed to supporting the health and well-being of our community by every means possible.

We know many of our residents and businesses are struggling with concerns around health, finances, and supplies and we are taking steps each day to help.

At our next scheduled council meeting, Burlington City Council will be considering a temporary change to late payment charges to provide relief for the April 21st property tax installment to help residents and businesses experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Based on council’s decision, this temporary change being proposed would mean that for the month of April 2020 and through to May 31st, with additional extensions being considered on a monthly basis:

  • No penalty or interest charges will be incurred related to the April 21st installment for all property owners; and
  • No non-sufficient fund (NSF) fee charged by the City for any returned tax payments.

We encourage taxpayers on a pre-authorized payment...

City of Burlington Information on Emergency Planning Operations, Additional Closures and Other Updates

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2020 02:00 PM

Burlington, Ont.—March 16, 2020—To protect the public and City staff and to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 virus, all City facilities including City Hall continue to be closed to public until Monday, April 6. City operations, services and responses are focused on protecting the community from COVID-19 and urgent matters.

While Mayor Meed Ward has not yet declared an official emergency on COVID-19, the City of Burlington activated its Crisis Management Team (CMT) on Friday, March 13 to coordinate City efforts to protect public and staff from the spread of COVID-19, while maintaining essential City services to the community.

The activation of the CMT is a phased approach as part of the City’s Emergency Management Program. The City of Burlington has four (4) levels of emergency activation, which mirrors that of Halton Region and the Province.

Alert Level - Very Low – Manageable – has no immediate impact on service operations or resources.

Level 1 - Enhanced Monitoring...