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The Town of Milton has been recognized for awards in several areas including planning and building, budgeting, marketing, recreation programming and public transit.
Launched in 2006, High Five Accreditation establishes the benchmark for excellence in children's recreation and sport programming. It distinguishes those organizations that focus on healthy development of children, resulting in programs of the highest recognized levels of quality and safety. The Town of Milton became an accredited community in 2012, and is committed to the HIGH FIVE® principles of healthy child development and the concept that "life-long learning begins with child's play."
The Town of Milton has been recognized by Play Works (the Ontario Partnership for Active and Engaged Youth) as a Youth Friendly Community. The Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program works to acknowledge the great work that some communities are doing in ensuring their youth (ages 13 - 19) have continuous access to a diversity of 'play' - play being anything a young person does in his/her free time which could include: sport, recreation, drama, dance, music, the arts, volunteerism, leadership development, service leadership and/or civic engagement. The Town of Milton is proud to provide services to and support youth in a way that helps make them feel engaged, valued and an integral part of community life.
The Town of Milton was the recipient of the 2011 Sustainable Urban Transportation Award for Mobility Milton: A Marketing Program to Encourage Transit use in Milton. The award recognizes exemplary contribution from a TAC member in promoting the importance of sustainable urban transportation and projects or activities which support TAC's new vision for urban transportation in Canada. Mobility Milton initiatives, such as the Read 'n Ride program and Special Event Festival service, have provided additional opportunities for promoting transit use and engaging community participation, while enhancing sustainable transportation awareness.
The Town of Milton received CUTA national corporate recognition with the Exceptional Performance / Outstanding Achievement Award for the Milton Transit New Service Design Implementation Program. Implemented in September 2010, the New Service Design objectives were to achieve a more reliable, convenient, sustainable and cost-effective transit service. Routes were realigned and service levels were adjusted to meet high ridership demand while providing a basic level of mobility during non rush hour periods. So far, ridership in 2011 has grown by almost 68% and is projected to surpass 220,000 annual revenue trips for the first time.
For the fifth year in a row, the Town was recognized by the International Government Finance Officers Association with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, the highest form of recognition on government budgeting. The award acknowledges the Town's high quality budgets document that enables better decision making and enhances accountability.
The Town is the proud recipient of a 2010 Showcase Ontario Merit Award in the Green Technology, and a finalist for a Diamond Award of Excellence. The award was presented for the Town's Municipal Suite eBids and Tenders project, which arose out of a need for a system to handle the Town's growing number of requests for proposals, quotations and tenders. The self-serve online application for vendors adheres to the Town's purchasing policies of open, fair, efficient, and competitive bidding. Since its implementation, more competitors have been submitting bids, and the Town has reduced substantial amounts of paper, travel and other resources, making the application an effective green solution.
The Town Hall Expansion was the recipient of Ontario Public Works Association's Project of the Year Award in the "Historic Restoration greater than $10 million" category. Some of the key elements of the project that distinguished it from other entries included the Town's consideration of heritage and historic features; extensive public consultation throughout construction; a high standard of safety performance; and an emphasis on protecting the environment through LEED Basic Certification.
The Town received a 2009 Marketing Publication Award from Economic Developers Association of Canada for its 2008 Annual Report Focused on the Community.
The Trillium Award was presented by Parks and Recreation Ontario to recognize a commitment to parks and recreation through consistent dedication and contribution to the provision of quality leisure service.
The Town of Milton received the High Five Champion Award from Parks and Recreation Ontario in recognition of the Town's support to the High Five Program, which promotes quality standards in children's recreation programs.
Milton was honoured by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMTCO) with the 2008 E.A. Danby Award in the Municipal Finance Category for its highly successful Fare-Free Transit Pilot Program. The award recognizes municipalities for innovative achievements in municipal management activities or practices implemented for the delivery of improved municipal programs and services. The eight-month Fare-Free Transit Pilot Program was launched in June 2007 to increase transit ridership during off-peak hours. Thanks to sponsorship from Mattamy Homes Limited (Halton Division) and Fieldgate Developments, the pilot program offered free system-wide transit services daily during specified hours and for special events. Milton was the first community in Canada to offer system-wide free transit for an extended period of time.