The Town of East Gwillimbury is committed to service excellence and ensuring that we continue to build a strong foundation for our future. The Town has received numerous awards for innovation, our healthy workplace environment and more. Below is a list of 2023 awards:


  • Strategic Plan - Communications 
    • Won gold for Strategic Communications/Communications/Public Relations.
  • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) - Finance
    • Canadian Award for Financial Reporting - 2021 Annual Financial Report
      • Year end Financial statements for 2021 (submitted in 2022 but awarded in 2023)
  • Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Award of Excellence
    • Highway 404 Secondary Plan 
      • EDCO evaluated the project for its clarity, comprehensiveness, public engagement, uniqueness, and ability to provide a return on investment. 
  • Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada - Financial Services
  • Climate Wise Building Challenge - Corporate Services, Environmental Initiatives 

    • East Gwillimbury Sports Complex
      • Top ranked municipal award received by Criss Ross on behalf of the Town at the Climate Wise Building.
  • National Day of Truth and Reconciliation - Communications
    • Won gold for strategic communications/public relations campaign. 
  • Firefighter Recruitment - Communications
    • Won gold for strategic communications/marketing and promotion campaign.
  • Healthy Water Award - LSRCA Project Management (November 26)
    Community, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department 
    • Lid Retrofit Projects 2020 and 2021
      • This award was presented to the Community Parks, Recreation and Culture department for the two LID Retrofit Projects that were completed at the Nokiidaa Trail and Yonge St. and Mount Albert Rd. trailhead parking lots in 2020 and 2021. Both projects included the resurfacing of public parking areas with the implementation of a bio-retention swale that captures, filters and infiltrates stormwater runoff from the newly paved surface areas. 
  • Healthy Community Award - LSRCA Project Management (November 26)
    Environmental Advisory Committee 
    • No Mow May Initiative
      • This award was presented to EG's Environmental Advisory Committee for their “No Mow May” campaign. During the month of May, residents were asked to take a pledge to help protect pollinators in our community. 
  • Canadian Award for Excellence - Finance Department
    • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) 2019 Award for Financial Statements
      • This award is presented to municipalities that produce high quality, easily readable reports that conform to program requirements and go above and beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Best Challenge Awards (BCA) - Best Web GIS (May 4) - Town of East Gwillimbury
    • Parks and Trails Web Story Map
      • The Best Web GIS award is presented to organizations that have demonstrated advanced internet/intranet mapping services that enable publishing and sharing of geographic information through the integration of multiple business systems.
  • Municipal World - CS Communications
    • Individual Award, Meeta Gandhi
      • Article: "Equity, diversity, and inclusion in a small municipality. The power of narrative in East Gwillimbury".
  • Economic Development Council of Ontario Top Ten (EDCO) - CS ecDev
    • Individual Award, Margot Begin
      • Ontario recognizes East Gwillimbury's Margot Begin as one of their top ten members.
  • Ontario Municipal Administrators Association (OMAA) - Deputy CAO Office of the CAO/GM Corporate Services
    • Individual Award, Mark Valcic
      • Speaker at the 2021 Ontario Municipal Administrators' Association fall symposium. An overview of the Municipal Administrators' Peak Performance Program (MPPP) 
  • Best Challenge Awards (BCA) - Best Public Sector GIS - Town of East Gwillimbury
    • CO and Smoke Alarm Program
      • The Best Public Sector GIS award is presented to organizations that have demonstrated the use of GIS in improving effectiveness and efficiency in enterprise GIS for public sector operations.
  •  Development Dashboard Award - March 2019
    • MISA 2019 Excellence in Municipal Systems - Growth Management and Development Dashboard
    • MISA 2019 People Choice Award - Growth Management and Development Dashboard
  • Parks & Recreation Ontario Award of Excellence Parks Design and Construction - Nokiidaa Trail
  • Parks & Recreation Ontario Award of Excellence Operations, Training and Development - East Gwillimbury and York Region Municipal Parks & Forestry Challenge Organizing Committee 2018 
  • Top Employee Recommended Workplace - March 2018
    • East Gwillimbury is one of only two municipalities and one of only eleven organizations across the country to receive the Top Employee Recommended Workplace in the Mid-Size Government Category presented by the Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell. 
    • Employee Recommended Workplace Winner Badge 2018The Employee Recommended Workplace Awards are determined solely by the organization's employees. Employees of each participating organization filled out an online survey where they were asked to rate themselves on the four key pillars of total health: physical, mental, work, and social. The awards were given to organizations that have the highest overall employee scores in their category.
  • Development Dashboard Awards
    • CAMA - (National) - Professional Development – Received 2018 CAMA Professional Development Award, in the 20,001 to 100,000 population category.
    • URISA - (Ontario) – 2018 Best Public Sector - Gold Award
    • URISA - (International) - Exemplary Systems in Government (EGIS) - Enterprise Systems Category - Distinguished Systems
  • AMCTO E.A Danby Certificate of Merit - N6 Joint Fire Master Planning, June 2018
  • Ontario Society of Professional Engineers Awards Application for Project of the Year -2nd Concession, June 2018
  • Parks & Recreation Ontario Award of Excellence Park and Facility Design 2018 - Civic Centre Accessibility & Green Courtyard, April 2018
  • Region of York Excellence in Streetscape Partnership Program, Award of Innovation 2018, Leslie Street and Mount Albert Sideroad – Municipal Streetscape Partnership Program, February 2018
  • Region of York Excellence in Streetscape Partnership Program, Award of Innovation 2018, Nokiidda Trail Connection and the Mount Albert Sideroad Trailhead – Pedestrian and Cycling Municipal Partnership Program, February 2018
  • Parks & Recreation Ontario Award of Excellence for Recreation Access and Equity 2017 – Fair Access “Drop Zone” Program - March 2017
    • This award is being presented to the East Gwillimbury Environmental Advisory Committee for participating in “No Mow May” to help protect bees, butterflies and other pollinator insects.