Mayor Rob Burton works to control growth, keep debt and taxes low, protect green space and the environment, and develop more community facilities to meet the needs of the community.
Before public office, Mayor Burton had a successful career as a director and producer in journalism, film, and television. He is best known for starting YTV, Canada’s youth-oriented television network.
During his time in office, Mayor Burton has led initiatives that protect the built and natural heritage and environment in Halton and Oakville, as well as the community’s health, safety, and well-being. These include the municipal greenbelts known as the Oakville and Halton Natural Heritage Systems, the Town’s Energy Management Plan, the Health Protection Air Quality By-law, the Official Plans Livable Oakville and Sustainable Halton, the Halton Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan, as well as the Emerald Ash Borer Management Program, the Oakville Climate Change Adaptation Plan, and the North Oakville Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan.
Mayor Burton chairs the Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt. Environmental Defence Canada calls Mayor Burton the greenest mayor in Canada.
Mayor Burton is also a member of the Compact of Mayors and chairs Halton Region’s Police Services Board and Health and Social Services Standing Committee, the Ontario Auto Mayors and the Canadian Nuclear Technology Mayors Association. He serves on the boards of Halton Healthcare Services, Halton Community Housing Corporation, Oakville Enterprises Corporation, Oakville Municipal Development Corporation, and the Oakville Downtown BIA. He is an avid supporter of local sports, arts and charitable organizations across Oakville.
Mayor Burton and his wife Wendy have called Oakville home since 1994. They have three grown children.