Mayor Rob Burton won re-election to a third term as Oakville’s Mayor in October 2014. Working alongside Council and staff, he has focused on controlling growth, saving green space, and making key investments in community facilities, services and infrastructure; all while maintaining the best fiscal health in the province and keeping tax increases at or below inflation.
Prior to running for public office, Mayor Burton was best known for founding YTV, and had a successful career as a businessman, director and producer in journalism, film and television.
During his time as Mayor, many groundbreaking initiatives that protect Halton and Oakville’s ability to control the built and natural environment and the health, safety and finances of the community have been implemented. These include the Oakville and Halton Natural Heritage Systems, the Town Energy Management Plan, the Health Protection Air Quality By-law, the new official plans Livable Oakville and Sustainable Halton, the Emerald Ash Borer Management Program, as well as the Oakville Climate Change Adaptation Plan and the North Oakville Urban Forest Strategic Management Plan.
Mayor Burton co-chairs the Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt. Environmental Defence Canada calls him the greenest mayor in Canada.
Mayor Burton is a member of the Compact of Mayors, and chairs the Ontario Auto Mayors Caucus, Halton Police Services Board and Canadian Nuclear Technology Mayors Association. He also serves on the boards of Halton Healthcare Services, Oakville Hydro Corporation and the Oakville Downtown BIA. He avidly supports Oakville’s sports, arts and culture groups and charities.
Mayor Burton and his wife Wendy have called Oakville home since 1994. They have three grown children.