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Posted April 3, 2020

In a continued effort to protect the community and stop the spread of COVID-19, all Town facilities, including the Civic Centre, community centres, libraries and recreational spaces will remain closed until further notice. All spring programs, facility permits, and Town events are cancelled until June 30, 2020For a full list of updates and frequently asked questions please visit our dedicated COVID-19 page


The Town of East Gwillimbury is committed to protecting and enhancing the environment.  In an effort to increase awareness, and reduce idling in East Gwillimbury, Council approved a report to commence an anti-idling education program.

Did You Know?

Idling wastes fuel and wasted fuel is wasted money and the sad reality is that idling adds harmful pollutants to the air.

If every Canadian motorist avoided idling their vehicles  for just 5 minutes a day , 365 days of the year, more than 1.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, along with toxic substances, would be spared from entering our atmosphere. (Source: Natural Resources Canada)

Idling Myths and Realities

Myth: Idling is an effective way to warm up an engine.

Reality: Idling doesn’t cause most parts in a vehicle to move; driving is the only way to effectively warm up a vehicle.

Myth: Idling is good for your engine.

Reality: Excessive idling can damage vital engine components. Persistent idling will leave soot deposits that can lead to oil contamination.

Myth: Shutting off and restarting a vehicle is hard on the engine.

Reality: Frequent restarting has little impact on engine components and is estimated to add only $10 a year to driving costs, far less than the amount of gasoline wasted each year by idling.

Idling Facts

Fact: Vehicle idling in the GTA accounts for 214,020 tonnes of greenhouse gasses per year, enough to fill approximately 200,000 suburban houses.

Fact: It has been estimated that 3 percent of Ontario’s fuel is wasted by idling.

Fact: Children breathe twice as much air as adults, making them more susceptible to airborne pollutants such as those released by idling.

Fact: Ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than stopping and restarting the engine.


Source: Clean Air Foundation and Natural Resources Canada