The Regional Municipality Of York


2019 Capital budget highlights

Newmarket – York Regional Council has approved the 2019 $3.2 billion budget, which includes capital spending of $867 million and $2.3 billion in capital spending authority.

More than 80% of the 2019 10-year capital plan will be allocated to transportation, water and wastewater infrastructure. Managing environmentally sustainable growth is a pillar of York Region’s 2019 to 2023 Strategic Plan. Well-maintained infrastructure from transit and roads to water and wastewater systems ensure York Region continues to provide excellent quality of life for those who live, work and play in our growing communities.

The 2019 budget includes a tax levy increase of 2.96% plus a 1% tax levy to create a Roads Capital Acceleration Reserve dedicated to accelerating construction on numerous roads projects identified in the capital plan. Roads’ projects for review will be discussed at an upcoming Council workshop. The combined 3.96% tax increase for 2019 will add approximately $95 to the average residential property bill.

Highlights of the 2019 capital budget:

$250 million: Roads

  • Continuing construction on Major Mackenzie Drive, Keele Street and Leslie Street
  • Continuing design for improvements to Rutherford Road, from Jane Street to Bathurst Street
  • Continuing design and land purchase to build an overpass across Highway 404, north of 16th Avenue and Leslie Street
  • Repaving 245 lane-kilometres of Regional road network

$206 million: Transit

  • Working with Metrolinx, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and City of Toronto to advance planning and design on Yonge Subway Extension to the Town of Richmond Hill
  • Completing construction of the Cornell Bus Terminal in the City of Markham and SmartCentres Place Bus Terminal at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre
  • Working on two transit operations, maintenance and storage facility projects in the north and southeast of the Region, and the design and commencement of construction for the Mackenzie/Jane Terminal

$156 million: Water and Wastewater

  • Continuing work on the Upper York Sewage Solutions Project to meet anticipated growth needs in the municipalities of East Gwillimbury, Newmarket and Aurora
  • Constructing a new forcemain through Newmarket, twinning the existing single forcemain to provide system reliability especially during wet weather events such as severe rainstorms
  • Rehabilitating trunk sewers in the Regional wastewater system to provide cost-effective wastewater conveyance and treatment services for York Region residents

$95 million: Community and Health Services

  • Redeveloping affordable housing options such as those in Unionville and Whitchurch-Stouffville
  • Addressing challenges of providing Paramedic Services to a growing population
  • Investing in equipment and technology for long-term care facilities

$81 million: Property Services

  • Continuing construction of a new York Region facility at 17150 Yonge St. in Newmarket to provide consolidated access to some of the Region’s public services
  • Rehabilitating and repairing existing York Region facilities and assets

The budget also included an updated 10-year capital plan, providing spending of $6.6 billion to 2028. Information on York Region’s 2019 budget, including operating and capital backgrounders and an infographic, is available at

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 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact: Barbara Schnier, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71237
Cell: 905-505-5775

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