town of east gwillimbury

Balancing growth while preserving the Town's natural environment & cultural heritage.

The sixth mayor of East Gwillimbury since 1970, and the second woman to hold this position.

Take The Pledge - I'm Voting To Re-Elect Virginia Hackson!

From Vision To Results

Making a positive difference in the lives of East Gwillimbury residents, businesses & visitors.

Increase economic prosperity

Economic Vitality focuses on what is needed to encourage and sustain economic growth and vitality of East Gwillimbury and York Region.

Support community health, safety and well-being

Healthy Communities focuses on livability, health, safety and social well-being of our residents.

Build sustainable communities and protect the environment

Sustainable Environment focuses on the need to protect and sustain the natural and built environment and reduce our ecological impact.

Deliver trusted and efficient services

Good Government focuses on the financial sustainability, openness, accessibility, transparency, accountability and reliability of Regional government and its related programs and services.

Meet Virginia

Virginia is passionate in her position of Mayor, understanding the importance of providing quality Town services for all citizens. The Town of East Gwillimbury was identified as one of Ontario’s fastest growing municipalities under Ontario’s “Places to Grow”.

It is under the strong leadership and direction of Mayor Hackson that the Town of East Gwillimbury is proud to have a strong financial position, with the lowest relative taxes in York Region, while also being a debt-free municipality.

Mayor Hackson represents the Town on York Region Council and is a member of both the Region’s Broadband Strategy and Senior’s Housing Strategy Task Forces. In addition, Virginia is a member of the Board for Housing York Region, Cedar Centre, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, and Royal Oak Seniors Board.

Mayor Hackson is a past Chair of York Regional Police Services Board. She has been recognized for her significant contributions to the community including the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to community service, In Celebration of Women Award, as well as the Rural Government Award.

Prior to Mayor Hackson choosing a career in municipal politics, she spent 30 years in municipal management. It was upon her retirement that she turned her focus to community service and in 2001 was elected as Town Councillor and proceeded to serve three terms. She then successfully pursued the position of Mayor in 2010 and is currently in her third term as Mayor of East Gwillimbury.

Aligning Resources to Priorities

The vision of a strong, caring and safe community is guided by the eight goal areas outlined below:

A Place Where Everyone Can Thrive

Liveable Cities and Complete Communities

A Resilient Natural Environment and Agricultural System

Appropriate Housing for All Ages and Stages

An Innovation Economy

Interconnected Systems for Mobility

Living Sustainably

Open and Responsive Governance

How To Vote

The next Municipal election is on Monday, October 24, 2022. Here are all the ways you can cast your ballot this fall:

1) Online at – October 8-23, 2022

2) Advance Polls (Online or in-person) – October 8, 13, 15, 17 & 19, 2022

3) Election Day – October 24, 2022

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