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Published on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Oakville’s economy on a roll, Mayor says

Nearly 400 attend economic talk for Chamber and public

Oakville’s economy on a roll, Mayor says
Livability is key to the economic vitality of Oakville Mayor Rob Burton told the Oakville Chamber of Commerce
Photo by Riziero Vertolli/Metroland
By Marta Marychuk, Oakville Beaver

Oakville’s economy on a roll – says Mayor Rob Burton.

The cornerstone of Oakville’s economic success lies in the town’s livability, Oakville Mayor Rob Burton said in an economic update on the Town delivered to the Oakville Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, April 26.

Nearly 400 people attended the event held at the Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre.

“We’re committed to keeping Oakville the safest, healthiest, most livable community we can,” Burton said.

“That’s where you, as business leaders, can help us as well. You have a stake in the continued health and safety of the community you do business in. You should be involved in that work,” he challenged.

As part of the commitment, Burton said he would ask Council to certify the Town as a Living Wage Employer.

“I hope all businesses will join us in that commitment,” he added.

Burton said he became mayor with the vision of making Oakville the most livable town in Canada.

He said council has done that by focusing on three key priorities: controlling growth, debt, and taxes; protecting green space and heritage; and improving the Town’s infrastructure, facilities and services.

He assured his audience the economy in Halton and Oakville is on a roll.

Last year, Oakville added more than 1,000 new jobs to the economy, including highly skilled jobs in the high tech sector. Burton said Ford Canada would be investing $100 million in research and engineering in Oakville.

Burton also said that in addition to building relationships in China — he participated in a 2012 trade delegation to China to establish business relationships and opportunities for economic development — he would be asking Council to add India to the Town’s global business development agenda.

“Oakville also has an edge in the global market thanks to many years of worldwide recognition through broadcasts of the RBC Canadian Open from our celebrated Glen Abbey Golf Course. The event brings an estimated $25 million boost to Oakville’s economy,” he said.

During the economic update, Burton made three economic announcements.

1) The International Union of Operating Engineers plans to expand its conference centre on Speers Road, by 50 per cent, to become the largest conference hall in the Region of Halton. The home of the IUOE also operates a crane training facility on the site.

2) The Labourers International Union of North America will also add a second office building to its existing building on North Service Road.

3) And Aviva, one of the country's leading providers of insurance, has selected Oakville for a new office, so it would be bringing 800 employees to the area, Burton added.

“The Annual Town Economic Update breakfast is popular among our members, who are interested in issues affecting our local economy,” said Caroline Hughes, chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce.

“We are pleased to offer them this opportunity to hear directly from the mayor about initiatives from Oakville’s municipal government.”
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

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