Mayor Rob Burton won re-election to a fourth term as Oakville’s Mayor in October 2018. Working alongside Council and staff, he has focused on controlling growth, keeping debt and taxes low, protecting green space and the environment and developing more community facilities to meet the needs of the community.
Prior to running for public office, Mayor Burton was best known for starting YTV and had a successful career as a businessman, director and producer in journalism, film and television.
During his time in office, Mayor Burton has helped establish many groundbreaking initiatives that protect the built and natural environment in Halton and Oakville, as well as the community’s health, safety and wellbeing. 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 also a member of the Compact of Mayors and chair’s 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 Hydro 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.