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Burlington Invites Minister Phillips, Chair of Ontario Jobs & Recovery Committee to Virtual Business Forum

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Earlier this week, I sent a letter to the Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance and Chair of the newly-formed Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee, inviting him and the committee to a virtual business forum, chaired by me as Burlington’s Mayor and in cooperation with our TEAM Burlington business group and our local MPPs.

The forum is meant as an opportunity for the Minister and the committee to hear directly from our community as part of their consultation efforts.

Our Burlington MPP, Jane McKenna, has already taken steps toward making this opportunity happen and we have received an acknowledgement from the Minister’s Office, so we’re confident we’ll be included in consultations in some way.

To read the letter in full, please click this link — Letter to Hon Rod Phillips April 21 2020 — or scroll down this post.

— Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

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April 21, 2020

Dear Minister Phillips,

Thank you for all your efforts and that of your colleagues in government to keep our residents safe and healthy during COVID-19, and the supports you are providing both for residents and businesses.

We were pleased by the formation of the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee to develop a roadmap to a stronger, more prosperous economy, and your commitment to consulting with municipalities and businesses.

To that end, we would like to host you and your committee at a virtual business forum, chaired by the mayor in cooperation with our TEAM Burlington business and local MPPs to give you an opportunity to hear directly from our community as part of your consultation efforts.

TEAM Burlington is a dynamic collection of the key local boards and economic development agencies in the City of Burlington. It is comprised of The Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Economic Development, Tourism Burlington and the two Business Improvement Area Associations – Aldershot Village BIA and the Burlington Downtown Business Association.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, TEAM Burlington has come together for daily meetings to hear from Burlington’s business community, numbering in excess of 10,000 businesses. The TEAM is well-poised to add value to your consultations in that they have quickly mobilized to:

  • Keep Burlington’s business community informed and engaged
  • Develop key tools and resources designed to support businesses in real time • Advocate for the interests of business and the provision of relief measures
  • Strike an Economic Recovery Network, in partnership with the City, to identify and prioritize the areas of focus that will be salient to a speedy recovery

The TEAM has contributed to a resource page hosted by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce to provide information and resources from municipal, provincial, and federal governments.

That link is here for your information:

We hope you will be able to virtually visit and consult with our business community in Burlington. Please contact my office directly to schedule a convenient date and time.

We thank you again for all your work on behalf of the health and safety of our community and your focus on ensuring a strong economy throughout this crisis and beyond.

Signed on behalf of TEAM Burlington,

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward City of Burlington

Cc: Premier Doug Ford; Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; John Davidson, Director, Economic Development at Halton Region; Burlington City Council; Tim Commisso, City Manager, City of Burlington; Helen Walihura, Government Relations Manager, City of Burlington; MPP Jane McKenna, Burlington MPP; Effie Triantafilopoulos, Oakville-North Burlington; and MPP Parm Gill, Milton.

PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages (and subscribe) and, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — that are updated as new information becomes available.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to


*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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