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Regional Committees

Members of York Regional Council serve on the Committee of the Whole, other Regional committees and subcommittees, task forces and outside agencies. Each month there are two Committee of the Whole meetings held in advance of Regional Council. The first Committee of the Whole meeting covers items related to:

  • Transportation Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Community and Health Services

The second Committee of the Whole meeting deals with matters related to:

  • Planning and Economic Development
  • Finance and Administration

Visit the Events Calendar for meeting dates and details.

Committee Definitions


Committee of the Whole Structure

The benefit of a Committee of the Whole structure is to save time and streamline working processes. There are two meetings per month when all Council members meet to consider items that would previously have been considered by  separate Committees.

The meetings are divided into the following sections, while the order of the subjects discussed may change.

Meeting 1:

  • Transportation Services
    • Chair – Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora
    • Vice Chair – Regional Councillor Jim Jones
  • Environmental Services
    • Chair – Regional Councillor Mario Ferri
    • Vice Chair – Mayor Margaret Quirk
  • Community and Health Services
    • Chair – Regional Councillor John Taylor
    • Vice Chair – Regional Councillor Gino Rosati

Meeting 2:

  • Planning and Economic Development
    • Chair – Regional Councillor Joe Li
    • Vice Chair – Mayor Geoffrey Dawe
  • Finance and Administration
    • Chair – Mayor David Barrow
    • Vice Chair – Mayor Steve Pellegrini

Standing Committees

The standing committees meet on either a quarterly or as-needed basis. 

Audit Committee

  • Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong
  • Regional Councillor Naomi Davison
  • Mayor Geoffrey Dawe, Vice-Chair
  • Mayor Virginia Hackson, Chair
  • Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg
  • Regional Councillor Gino Rosati
  • York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson (Ex-officio)

Debenture Committee

  • York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson, Chair
  • Bill Hughes, Commissioner of Finance
  • Bruce Macgregor, Chief Administrative Officer

Boards, Subcommittees and Task Forces

Boards, subcommittees and task forces consider specific matters and report back to Committee of the Whole to assist in decision making.

Accessibility Advisory Committee

  • Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora
  • Mayor Justin Altmann
  • York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson (Ex-officio)

Broadband Strategy Advisory Task Force

  • Mayor Justin Altmann
  • Mayor Geoffrey Dawe, Vice-Chair
  • Mayor Virginia Hackson
  • Regional Councillor Jim Jones
  • Mayor Steve Pellegrini
  • Mayor Margaret Quirk
  • Regional Councillor Gino Rosati
  • Mayor Frank Scarpitti
  • Mayor A.J. (Tony) Van Bynen , Chair
  • York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson (Ex-officio)

Character Community Foundation of York Region

  • Mayor David Barrow
  • Mayor Margaret Quirk
  • York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson (Ex-officio)

Community Partnership Council

  • Mayor Frank Scarpitti
  • Mayor Tony Van Bynen
  • York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson (Ex-officio)

Housing York Inc.

  • York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson
  • Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong
  • Mayor Geoffrey Dawe 
  • Mayor Virginia Hackson
  • Regional Councillor Jack Heath, Chair
  • Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg
  • Mayor Margaret Quirk
  • Regional Councillor Gino Rosati, Vice-Chair
  • Regional Councillor Sunder Singh
  • Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora
  • Regional Councillor John Taylor

Human Services Planning Board

  • Regional Councillor Mario Ferri 
  • Susan La Rosa, Co-Chair
  • Regional Councillor John Taylor, Co-Chair
  • York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson (Ex-officio)

Human Services Planning Board of York Region

Seniors Strategy Advisory Task Force

  • Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong
  • Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair 
  • Mayor Virginia Hackson
  • Regional Councillor Jack Heath
  • Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg, Vice-Chair
  • Regional Councillor Gino Rosati 
  • York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson (Ex-officio)

Transportation Master Plan Advisory Task Force

  • York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson, Chair (Ex-officio)
  • Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong
  • Mayor Geoffrey Dawe 
  • Regional Councillor Mario Ferri 
  • Regional Councillor Jim Jones, Vice-Chair 
  • Regional Councillor Joe Li 
  • Mayor Frank Scarpitti 
  • Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora 
  • Regional Councillor John Taylor
  • Regional Councillor Gino Rosati 

York Region Agricultural Advisory Liaison Group

  • Regional Councillor Naomi Davison

York Region Data Consortium

  • Mayor Tony Van Bynen

York Region Rapid Transit Corporation

  • York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson
  • Mayor David Barrow
  • Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, Vice-Chair
  • Regional Councillor Jim Jones
  • Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Chair
  • Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora
  • Mayor Tony Van Bynen

York Regional Police Services Board

  • York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson
  • Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua
  • Mayor Virginia Hackson
  • Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Chair
  • Khalid Usman

External Boards, Agencies and Committees

The members of Regional Council also serve on a variety of external Boards, Agencies and Committees.

Canadian National Exhibition

  • Mayor Justin Altmann

Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance

  • Mayor Justin Altmann

Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance

  • Regional Councillor Joe Li

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

  • Mayor Justin Altmann (Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville)
  • Mayor Geoffrey Dawe (Town of Aurora)
  • Mayor Virginia Hackson (Town of East Gwillimbury)
  • Councillor Avia Eek on behalf of Mayor Steve Pellegrini (Township of King)
  • Mayor Margaret Quirk (Town of Georgina)
  • Regional Councillor Naomi Davison (Town of Georgina)
  • Councillor David Kerwin on behalf of Mayor Tony Van Bynen (Town of Newmarket)

Southlake Regional Health Centre

  • Mayor Geoffrey Dawe 
  • Mayor Tony Van Bynen 

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

  • Mayor David Barrow (Town of Richmond Hill)
  • Regional Councillor Jack Heath (City of Markham)
  • Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg (Town of Richmond Hill)
  • Councillor Linda Pabst on behalf of Mayor Steve Pellegrini (Township of King)
  • Regional Councillor Gino Rosati (City of Vaughan)

York Region Abuse Program

  • Mayor Virginia Hackson

 

 

 

 


 


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