The Regional Municipality Of York


2020 Operating budget highlights

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York 2020 operating budget includes projected spending of $2.5 billion in 2020.

The budget supports York Region’s four key priority areas of the 2019 to 2023 Strategic Plan: From Vision to Results which aligns our financial resources to the priorities for this Council term. The operating budget helps guide expenditures for the day-to-day administration of the Region’s programs and services.

Highlights of the 2020 Operating Budget (gross expenditures):

Transportation Services and York Region Rapid Transit Corporation: $511 million

  • Maintaining more than 4,300 lane kilometres and maximizing road networks for more than 600,000 daily travellers
  • Providing 1.3 million transit service hours for 35,000 daily conventional and BRT travellers and 1,900 daily Mobility On-Request clients
  • Developing a central point of contact for travel information to provide timely responses and an enhanced customer experience

Environmental Services: $644 million

  • Delivering 118 billion litres of clean and safe drinking water annually
  • Managing over 375,000 tonnes of waste and maintaining high rates of waste diversion, currently at 94%
  • Actively working with local municipal partners to prepare for transition of the Blue Box program to producers as early as 2023

Community and Health Services: $658 million

  • Supporting 6,700 existing affordable housing units and an additional 500 new units in the City of Markham, City of Vaughan and Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville by 2023 through Housing York Inc. and other community housing providers
  • Adding 14 paramedic and four frontline staff to continue maintaining response time targets
  • Implementing a new Seniors’ Dental Care Program for eligible seniors over the age of 65
  • Maintaining service levels while managing provincial funding impacts of $6.7 million in 2020

York Regional Police: $384 million

  • Providing police services to ensure York Region continues to remain among the safest places to live in Canada at the lowest cost per capita
  • Hiring 15 York Regional Police officers and 19 civilian staff to address population growth and maintaining quality services

Additional Operating Budget Initiatives:

  • Opening a new Regional office building at 17150 Yonge Street in the Town of Newmarket to consolidate a variety of community, health and court services into a central location to improve access for residents and enhance customer service
  • Implementing savings of approximately $28 million in 2020 to address cost pressures from provincial funding changes while continuing to add to reserves to support financial sustainability
  • Providing funding to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to support initiatives to protect lakes, rivers and lands within their watersheds

How the 2020 tax dollar will be spent:

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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 and 52,000 businesses with 636,000 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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