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Special Council Meeting on Cannabis Retail Locations
At its Special Council Meeting on January 15, Newmarket Council voted to opt-out of private cannabis retail stores in Town. The Town of Newmarket will review and revisit Council's decision in a year’s time. Staff were also directed to prepare amendments or new by-laws as required and provide Council with recommendations as to how the smoking and vaping of cannabis should be regulated in Newmarket. For more information, visit
2019 Preliminary Draft Budget Report
Newmarket Council received the Preliminary Draft 2019 Operating and Capital Budget report at the January 21 Council meeting. The Preliminary Draft 2019 Operating and Capital Budget report outlines the tax-supported and rate-supported operating and capital budgets, and provides options to achieve the budget goals set by Council. For a full copy of the report and presentation, and to learn more about our budget process, visit The next Special Committee of the Whole meeting – Capital Budget and Asset Replacement Fund - will be held at the Municipal Offices in the Council Chambers (395 Mulock Drive) on Monday, January 28 at 1:30 p.m. To view meetings online, visit

Minutes for the Town of Newmarket Council Meetings, outlining Council decisions, are available under Agendas, Minutes and Meetings on the Town of Newmarket website. For more information or to view the reports, visit

Winter Wonderland
When: Now until February 16
Where: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive)
Experience Newmarket's Winter Wonderland. Enjoy free outdoor skating at the Tim Horton's Skating and Water Feature, the Mitten Tree, the Newmarket Ice Lounge, sponsored by Jay Miller Real Estate and a beautiful light display. 
Visit for more information

Still I Rise: Celebrating Stories of Strength, Courage and Innovation
When: February 1 to 23
Where: Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street), Serpa Galleries
In honour of Black History Month, the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) will be co-organizing an art exhibit featuring the works of Toronto based artists Gordon Shadrach, Syrus Marcus Ware and from youth in our community. This exhibit addresses the themes of racism, identity, activism, celebration of choice and action from the perspectives of contemporary African people. The array of narratives and personal stories are boldly expressed in portraits and other forms. Admission is free. 
Learn more at

Scouts and Girl Guides Memorabilia
When: February 2 to 28 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South)
Explore the history of Scouting and Guiding through the uniforms, blankets and other memorabilia from the 1950s to present day. Scouts and Girl Guides, earn your Heritage Badge on your visit to our Museum, which was the former North York Registry Office. Admission is free. 
Learn more at

Daring Pairings: Valentine's Day Couples Evening
When: ThursdayFebruary 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street), Serpa Galleries
Join us on a special date night tasting two indulgences: Scotch and chocolates. Led by experts, you and your date will sample four distinct scotch whiskeys with specially selected chocolates. Learn the details on how to really taste and appropriately pair, from a Lindt Chocolate expert and Ed Patrick, President of The Companions of the Quaich Whiskey Appreciation Society. Participants must be 19+, Please drink responsibility.
Cost: Residents - $57.63 | Non-Residents - $91.53
Code: 118904
To register for this event, visit

When: Saturday, February 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m.)
Where: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive)
Bring the family and your friends and join us for some indoor and outdoor winter fun. Please dress for outdoor activities. Check closer to the date for updated schedule of events. 

Winterfest Free Skating and Swimming
When: SundayFebruary 17
Where: Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (100 Eagle Street West)
Bring your family and friends to enjoy a free skate and swim. Free skating runs from 12 to 2 p.m. and the free public swimming is from 2 to 4 p.m. Choose one activity or stay for both, its a fun way to stay active this winter.

Family Day Fun
When: MondayFebruary 18
Where: Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive)
Join us for a full day of fun recreational activities for Family Day. Check back at for updates and activity schedule.
Drop In Family Art with Heart 
When: Friday, February 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) 
This is a great multi-generational activity for family members from children to seniors. Attend this program and have fun creating, using a range of art materials and techniques. No clean up. 
Codes: February - 118712
Register online at

Roots | Routes: The Mindful Project Mental Health Exhibit
Call of Artwork!
Submission Deadline:
Thursday, February 28, 11:59 p.m.
Artists and makers are invited to articulate their roots or routes in relation to Mental Health and wellness through visual arts. Your roots are personal to your past and self-identity. Your roots can lead you to follow certain routes or charter new ones along your personal journey.  Your experiences along these routes are important because they can transform you and affect your mental well-being. Submissions will be juried and selected artworks will be exhibited to spark positive conversations and ignite change in social attitudes.

For more information on the Mindful Project and submission details, visit

For up-to-date weather and/or cancellation details of Town-run outdoor events, call 1-877-752-9936 on the date of the event, 2 hours prior to the start time.

2019 Budget - Get Involved
Get Involved and learn more about the 2019 Budget process by visiting to view all budget-related information, including recent reports and presentations. Residents are encouraged to attend our 2019 Budget Meetings or stream them online at
Budget presentations will take place at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) on the following dates:
  • January 28 – Capital Budget and Asset Replacement Fund – Special Committee of the Whole Meeting at 1:30 p.m.
  • February 4 – Operating Budget – Special Committee of the Whole Meeting at 9 a.m.
  • February 25 – Draft Budgets and engagement – Committee of the Whole Meeting at 1:30 p.m.
Questions or comments about the Budget? Email or call 905-895-5193.

Public Information Centre: Mulock GO Station Area Secondary Plan
Join us for a drop-in Public Information Centre to see an early draft of the Mulock GO Station Area Secondary Plan. The draft concept will include new streets, land uses, building height regulations and parks/public spaces. Your feedback will help us refine the draft concept and develop draft Secondary Plan policies.
When: Wednesday, February 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. (drop-in anytime)
Where: Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive), Hall 1
Information: or email Adrian Cammaert at

Engaged over the holidays?
Let the Town of Newmarket marry you! Whether you're having an intimate gathering, a large scale event or are travelling for a destination ceremony, planning a wedding can be an exciting, but sometimes overwhelming process. The Town is pleased to offer full wedding services for every step of the journey - from getting the marriage licence to saying "I do,"  to ensure that your big day is stress free and memorable.

Learn more about the civil ceremonies services we offer by visiting

Joint Animal Services
As of January 1, 2019 the Towns of Aurora, Georgina and Newmarket have merged their animal services. This is a two year pilot project, that will allow the three municipalities to work together to provide a higher level of animal services and extended coverage. Officers will work together to provide coverage seven days a week, across the three municipalities. 

To make a call for Animal Services for the Towns of, Aurora, Georgina, or Newmarket please call us toll free at 1-877-979-PAWS (7297). You may also contact Animal Services directly through email at

To learn more, visit

NEW! Textile Recycling Program
Newmarket in partnership with Diabetes Canada, has introduced a new textile recycling program to help support textile diversion in our community. Donate items such as clothing, footwear, towels, pillows, curtains and more. Items are accepted in all conditions - new, worn, torn, or stained. Donation bins are located at the Magna Centre, Ray Twinney Recreation Complex and Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall.

The Town and Diabetes Canada have retrofitted our Textile Recycling Bins located at our Town facilities to increase community safety.

To learn more about what is accepted in the bins, see below or visit

Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place offers enhanced Customer Service

Residents can now access municipal services at the Newmarket Seniors' Meeting Place (474 Davis Drive) Customer Service Kiosk during regular business hours, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The following services will be available to residents:

  • Recreation and Culture program registration and membership
  • Waste and Recycling sticker and bin sales
  • Property tax payments
  • Parking ticket payments
  • Animal Licensing

Please note the Kiosk will be closed each day from 1 to 2 p.m.

For more information, call 905-953-5325 or visit

Stay warm at a Newmarket facility

The Town of Newmarket invites residents and visitors to stay warm at one of the following Town-owned and operated facilities during regular hours of operation. 

Facility Day/Time Address
Magna Centre Monday to Friday:
6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday:
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
800 Mulock Drive
Ray Twinney Recreation Complex Monday:
5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday to Thursday:
5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
100 Eagle Street West
Newmarket Public Library Tuesday to Thursday:
9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday:
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1 to 5 p.m.
438 Park Avenue
Municipal Offices Monday to Friday:
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
395 Mulock Drive

The Town reminds residents that health problems can result from prolonged exposure to cold, such as frostbite and hypothermia. For more information about how to stay safe during extreme cold conditions, visit York Region's website at

For more information, please call the Town at 905-895-5193 or York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.

Upcoming Council Meeting

Council Workshop
January 28
 at 9 a.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) - Code of Conduct

Special Committee of the Whole
January 28 
at 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) - Capital Budget and Asset Replacement Fund

Council Workshop
January 29 at 9 a.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) - Strategic Priorities

Special Committee of the Whole:
February 4
at 9 a.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) - Operating Budget and Preliminary 2019 Budget

Committee of the Whole
February 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) 

Council Workshop
February 11
at 9 a.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive) - Strategic Priorities

Council Meeting
February 11
 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive)

For a full list of Newmarket meetings, visit


January 22, 2019 as "Crime Stoppers Day"

February 1 to 7, 2019 as "Eating Disorder Awareness Week"

Winter parking restrictions

Winter parking restrictions are in effect in the Town of Newmarket until April 15, 2019. 

You may not park vehicles on any roadway:

  • Between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m.
  • That interferes with the clearing of snow at any time of day, regardless of whether or not there is snow

Reminder, the following is prohibited year-round:

  • Parking a vehicle for more than three consecutive hours except between 7 and 11 p.m.
  • Parking in front of or within two feet of a driveway or laneway


"Warm Hearts, Warm Hands" Donate to the Mitten Tree

Donate new mitts, hats and scarves to the Mitten Tree located at Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive). Donations will be accepted until March 1, 2019. 


Download the new Recycle Coach App

Make the switch from the My Waste app to the new Recycle Coach App for all your waste and recycling needs. The new Recycling Coach App will help better serve our residents with new features – such as compatibility with digital assistants (Google Home or Alexa) to meet the needs of our residents. Download from your app store today. Residents who wish to continue to use the My Waste app can do so as well. Access to the My Waste app will not be disrupted. 

Thin Ice Warning
Residents are reminded to take caution around local bodies of water such as Fairy Lake, the Holland River and storm water ponds. Although ice may appear thick enough to venture out on, it may not be. Use extreme caution and advise your children that the ice is unsafe for skating or playing.
Winter Activities in Newmarket Parks
Residents and visitors are reminded that Newmarket parks are not maintained for winter activities (skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding, etc.) Please take extra caution and use at your own risk.
Seasonal Emergency Housing and Shelters in Newmarket

There are seasonal emergency housing and shelters and other emergency housing facilities across York Region for people experiencing homelessness. In Newmarket, those seeking shelter can contact or visit one of the following:

  • Inn from the Cold (510 Penrose Street) which provides overnight accommodation for those seeking temporary housing, meals and clothing. Inn from the Cold is open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., seven days a week from November to early April. For more information, call 905-895-8889.
  • Belinda's Place (16580 Yonge Street) which provides accommodations for women who are homeless or in crisis. For information on Belinda's Place, call 289-366-4673.
  • Street Outreach Van, which provides mobile street outreach services to homeless, street involved people and those at risk of being homeless, seven days a week from 2 to 9 p.m. To schedule a meeting place and time, call 1-866-553-4053.
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395 Mulock Drive
P.O. Box 328, STN Main
Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7

Tel: 905-895-5193