Building a Complete Community

In 2000, Milton set out on a path of growth unlike any other municipality in Canada. A small-town of 32,500 residents nestled at the base of the Niagara Escarpment was about to become one of Canada's fastest growing municipalities, welcoming a young, educated and diverse population of residents who looked to find a unique balance of work and life on the west side of the GTA.

Today, the community is home to a population of more than 110,000 and is expected to grow to 228,000 by the year 2031. For many, Milton is a place of possibility, welcoming new residents, businesses and visitors on a daily basis. Developing in a way that is unique to others, Milton has set out to build a complete community, based on our First Principles of Growth.

Achieving this plan requires a shared vision and partnerships with other levels of government.                        

Milton's First Principles of Growth

  1. Ensure that Town revenues match the cost of growth to ensure the financial stability of the municipality.
  2. Deliver a balanced residential/employment ratio of 1 job for every 2 residents, with an emphasis on jobs in the knowledge-based and innovation sectors.
  3. Plan passive and active recreation areas, and embrace the stewardship of green spaces and the natural environment.
  4. Provide for a variety of housing forms in the right places with an emphasis on intensification near transit supported locations.
  5. Deliver a steady flow of continuous and appropriate infrastructure investments to build and maintain Town assets.
  6. Advocate for timely, coordinated investments from the Province in transit and community infrastructure (schools, hospitals and highways).
  7. Encourage timely, coordinated investments in water, wastewater and regional roads from Halton Region.

Building a Complete Community Requires a Shared Vision and Action from All Levels of Government

 A safe and healthy community
  • Oppose the CN Intermodal Logistics Hub Project at its proposed location in Milton to ensure the long-term health and safety of the community.
  • Confirm Regional and Provincial regulatory roles in proposed CN truck-rail hub.

 Enhanced transportation to move people efficiently
  • A Regional transit governance structure and funding support from Halton Region to deliver integrated, connected transit.

  • Advocate for enhanced, well-timed GO Transit services to connect our growing community to others in the GTA, specifically:

    • Accelerate the timelines for planning and delivery of two-way, all-day GO Train service to/from Milton to accommodate the needs new and future residents and visitors.

    • Support for proposed future GO Stationsto be located at Derry/Trafalgar and Tremaine/Steeles.

  • Support the Northwest GTA Corridor study as an option to address regional transportation issues and resolve ‘The Missing Link’.

 A community of innovation, education and health
  • Advocate for affordable and reliable broadband internet service in the rural area.
  • Promote the long-term viability and sustainability of Milton's rural and agricultural economies.
  • Engage the Region and Province as partners in our growth plans for the Milton Education Village and Trafalgar Corridor.

 Adequate funding to support infrastructure delivery
  • Ensure Provincial, Regional and Local infrastructure projects are funded and timed to support growth.

  • Partner with other levels of government to deliver long-term, predictable, well-timed community infrastructure funding to support sound asset management.
  • Establish a long-term funding program that recognizes the financial needs of growing municipalities no longer eligible for OCIF.

 Changes to support long-term financial stability
  • Ensure an adequate supply of future employment lands to balance non-residential with residential assessment growth.
  • Permit a diverse range of funding tools and partnerships between municipalities and developers.
  • Implement reforms to joint and several liability laws to help lower the financial burden on municipalities.
  • Reform interest arbitration related to Emergency Services to ensure increases are fair, equitable and affordable for the community.

Accomplishments

  • Announcement of GO Station redevelopment to improve access and transit connections.

  • Milton District Hospital Expansion (Opening Fall 2017).
  • Announcement of Laurier/Conestoga post-secondary site in the Milton Education Village.

  • 15-minute peak direction GO Train service.
  • Construction of the interchange at Highway 401 and Tremaine Road.
  • Commencement of the initial phases of widening of Highway 401 through Milton.