Mayor Marianne Meed Ward was elected as the 29th mayor of Burlington, Ontario in October of
2018. She is also the second woman to hold that position in Burlington’s history.
Mayor Meed Ward is working hand in hand with Burlington’s city council, leadership team, and
staff to help the city grow and thrive. Maclean’s magazine ranked Burlington as the best
community in Canada to live in and to raise a family in 2019.
Through initiatives like the Mayor’s Red Tape Red Carpet Task force, she led the city in
partnering with local businesses to identify and remove the challenges to business expansion
and attraction. In her commitment to responsible future growth and development in Burlington,
she is partnering on initiatives that will ensure growth happens in the right places and at the
right scale to align with the community’s vision.
She is committed to responsible spending while still investing in infrastructure improvements,
transit, and tree planting. She and city council have already implemented several measures to
protect Burlington’s environment, including a private tree protection bylaw and the declaration of
a Climate Emergency.
On her path to becoming Mayor, Marianne served as a Burlington city councillor for 2
consecutive terms, from 2010 to 2018. Prior to her career in politics, Marianne worked for 22
years as a journalist for clients including the Toronto Sun, Vision TV, CBC, CHCH news,
Chatelaine, Ryerson University and more, committed to keeping people informed about the
issues and information that impact their lives. She lives in Burlington with her husband, 3
children, and their Wheaten terrier, Boston.
Follow Mayor Marianne Meed Ward on Twitter: @MariannMeedWard
Follow the City of Burlington on Twitter: @cityburlington