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2018 Operating Budget



The Regional Municipality of York 2018 $3 billion budget, including a $2.2 billion operating budget was approved by York Regional Council. This will allow the delivery of programs and services to York Region residents, businesses and visitors.

Funding for day-to-day operations will ensure the continued excellent quality of life enjoyed by York Region residents and businesses.

New initiatives in 2018

  • Launching YTN Telecom Network Inc., a corporation designed to leverage the potential of the Region's fibre network and extend coverage into the Region’s under-served areas
  • Increased access to childcare and Regional responsibility for EarlyON Child and Family Centres
  • Implementing the Travel Smart Program to provide informed travel options through the use of technology and to improve system reliability

Highlights of the 2018 Operating Budget include

$580 million: Environmental Services

  • Providing safe water and wastewater treatment to 1.2 million residents
  • Managing more than 387,000 tonnes of solid waste, with a continued focus on reduction, reuse and recycling efforts while maximizing diversion from landfill
  • Continuing actions outlined in the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by Regional operations

$570 million: Community and Health Services

  • Hiring 12 new paramedics and four Paramedic Services supervisory and support staff
  • Funding and administering over 6,800 social housing units owned and managed by Housing York Inc. and other community housing providers
  • Operating long-term care facilities in the Town of Newmarket and the City of Vaughan
  • Subsidizing 5,406 child care spaces and providing financial assistance to more than 6,120 households each month
  • Implementing pilot programs using paramedics with expanded roles to help reduce emergency department visits by residents, including those living in long-term care

$358 million: York Regional Police

  • Providing police services to ensure York Region continues to remain among the safest places to live in Canada
  • Providing enhanced police presence, increased patrol supervision, improved response times and more balanced workload
  • Hiring 14 new York Regional Police officers and eight civilian staff to address population growth with continued focus on changing demographics within the Region

$348 million: Transportation Services

  • Maintaining a safe and efficient road network, including more than 4,200 lane-kilometres of road, 2,000 Regional road intersections, bus rapid transit corridors, bridges, sidewalks and cycling lanes
  • Delivering safe, reliable, accessible and convenient transit, including:
    • Approximately 1.2 million hours of transit service
    • Carrying 22.9 million riders and serving 13,220 Mobility Plus clients
  • Connecting YRT/Viva services to the TTC’s Line 1 subway with the completion of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension and three subway stations in York Region

Other Operating Budget Initiatives

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents, 51,000 businesses and 600,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices.

Media Contact

Barbara Schnier, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 71237 or Cell: 905-505-5775
Email: barbara.schnier@york.ca


Budget,2018 The Regional Municipality of York en-US Media Release

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