At this time of year, it’s great to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and to look forward to the year ahead. A lot has happened in the Town of Newmarket over the past year or so and to say this is a unique and exciting time to be in our community would be an understatement. The Town has been connecting people with new ideas, great experiences, excellence, their Town, the environment and the future of this community like never before.

That’s why it was no surprise that in June 2016, Newmarket was recognized once again by MoneySense Magazine as one of the best places to live in Canada. Out of 219 communities, Newmarket came in at number 24, and was selected as one of the top 10 safest communities based on our low crime rates. We have the fourth lowest property tax levy per capita in York Region and have made major strides in job creation and innovative business development.

Newmarket’s Historic Main Street was named the people’s choice winner in the Great Places in Canada contest.

Whether you are a resident or business owner, employee of an organization that is located in Newmarket or a visitor who enjoys our many state-of-the-art amenities, attractions and special events, you are the reason we are consecutively ranked as one of the most desirable communities in the country.

With the ongoing, future success of this community in mind, in 2014, our Council adopted a comprehensive four-year Strategic Priorities plan to take us one step further in making Newmarket even better. The clear roadmap lays out the direction of the Town, with a key focus on economic development and jobs, enhanced recreational opportunities, community engagement, traffic safety & mitigation and financial efficiency & management.

I look forward to another great year in 2017 and wish you and your family the most wonderful holidays and a safe and happy New Year.

Please come out and enjoy our Winter Wonderland events and spectacular light display, Frozen Fridays and outdoor skating rink at our award-winning Newmarket Riverwalk Commons. Visit our website at newmarket.ca  to find out all of the festive events and programs, including First Night Newmarket.