This morning, the Town of Aurora officially unveiled a permanent rainbow crosswalk located at Yonge Street and Wellington Street on the south side of the intersection. The installation of the crosswalk was approved at the July 14, 2020 Council meeting based on a motion presented by Mayor Tom Mrakas. The crosswalk is a permanent feature in the heart of Aurora’s downtown core.

"The intent of this initiative is to provide a permanent symbol of the Town of Aurora’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. I am proud the majority of Council supported this crosswalk and the Town of Aurora will become the first municipality in York Region to install a rainbow crosswalk," says Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas.

"You may have heard the budget for this crosswalk is $12,600 versus $8,400 for a typical white zebra crossing which is true. Crosswalks in high use areas like Yonge & Wellington use preformed thermal plastic for durability and typically last 7 to 10 years with little maintenance. The regular crosswalk was installed in 2012 and a "refresh" was done in 2018 to clean and remove any marks. The incremental cost of $4,200 versus a white crosswalk is for the additional coverage area — and of course, the rainbow colours. As I said at the table, sometimes you do things just because they are the right thing to do — and I believe this is the right thing to do. The support from the community has been overwhelmingly positive based on the feedback I have received. In fact, a donor generously contributed $10,000 towards this initiative. Normally I would acknowledge this substantial donation, but they asked to remain anonymous so the focus would be on the importance of this initiative."

The Town of Aurora is a community that embodies diversity and inclusiveness, and is committed to the Inclusion Charter initiatives of creating a sense of belonging in the community and reducing hate crime. The Town is focused on creating an environment where everyone is equal, and the approved Rainbow Sidewalk project shows Council's support for the LGBTQ+ community. Aurora supports living in a harmonious, cohesive environment where we all have the utmost respect and honour for each other.

The rainbow crosswalk is constructed of preformed thermal paint that will help withstand the elements and consistent usage.