It hasn’t been very long since inhalton.com last reported on the potential possibility of the Halton Region becoming one big city through a process better known as amalgamation.
In case you missed that article, however, let us get you caught up to speed.
Amalgamation of the region has been an incredibly hot topic ever since the provincial government announced that it will be reviewing the governance, decision-making, and service delivery functions of eight regional municipalities, and Simcoe County.
The province says the goal of the review is to ensure that the municipalities are working efficiently, effectively, and can continue to provide critical services communities depend on. The eight municipalities included are the Durham Region, Muskoka District, Niagara Region, Oxford County, Peel Region, Waterloo Region, York Region, and of course the Halton Region.
Following the provincial government announcement, there have been concerns and speculations regarding the possibility of amalgamations. As some may recall, the modern-day City of Toronto is the product of a major amalgamation that took place in the 90s.
Despite the provincial government not promising anything as drastic as amalgamation quite yet, the potential possibility has still left many people concerned including Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.
Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark recently addressed this possibility.
There has been speculation in recent days that the stated purpose of the regional review is amalgamation. I want to thank Minister @SteveClarkPC for addressing these concerns @OakvilleBeaver @NewsInOakville @WeLoveOakville @saveglenabbey @OakvilleDwntown @townofoakville #Oakville pic.twitter.com/d8ujUmNxsf
— Stephen Crawford (@stcrawford2) February 28, 2019
Shortly after this, Burton took to Twitter to express his thoughts.
— Rob Burton (@OakvilleMayor) March 1, 2019
In the statement titled ‘Amalgamation hidden agenda’, Burton notes that though the Clark said the review is not about amalgamation he still did not rule it out as a possibility. Burton continues to explain that the province needs to clearly state whether or not amalgamation could be a possibility.
“When will they clearly state that Oakville will not be amalgamated,” Burton wrote.
However, according to the Ontario government website, “The review will include consultations with municipal councilors and leaders, stakeholder organizations and the public in the spring of 2019.”
So, it looks like we may have wait a little bit longer before we have a firm answer.
Cover photo is courtesy of the Town of Oakville’s Facebook page.