The Regional Municipality Of York

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City building initiatives position York Region for future growth

Employment growth up 4.3 per cent in Urban Growth Centres 

Newmarket – The population growth experienced in The Regional Municipality of York last year accounted for 15 per cent of all growth in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA), reinforcing it as one of Canada’s fastest growing municipalities.

Each municipality in York Region experienced year-over-year growth with a significant increase in growth and development occurring in the Region’s four Centres and Corridors:

•    Newmarket Centre (Yonge and Davis Drive)
•    Markham Centre (Highway 7 and Warden Avenue)
•    Richmond Hill/Langstaff Gateway (Highway 7 and Yonge Street)
•    Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (Highway 7 and Jane Street)

“York Region’s provincially designated urban growth centres remain hubs for economic activity with employment growth up 4.3 per cent in 2017,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “These locations house 20 per cent of all jobs in York Region. More than just office towers, these transit-friendly communities are complete with a mix of amenities - making them welcoming homes for our residents.” Additional Centre and Corridors report highlights include:

•    Since 2006, 62 per cent of new high density residential building permits were issued in these areas
•    26 multi-storey residential and mixed-use buildings are under construction
•    77 per cent of all highrise buildings under construction in the Region are located here, 98 per cent of these units are sold
•    14 multi-storey buildings are at the pre-construction stage of development, 80 per cent of units are sold

“York Region’s landscape and skyline continues to evolve, with a high-volume of city building initiatives underway,” said City of Markham Regional Councillor Joe Li, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development. “2017 was a strong year with a total estimated value of construction reaching $3.98 billion.” Investment in transit continues to have a positive impact in York Region. Subway service in Vaughan Metropolitan Centre is transformational with development applications in the surrounding area reaching record levels. Further to that success, York Region continues to appeal to federal and provincial governments for additional support in extending the Yonge Subway into the Town of Richmond Hill.

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 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Media Contact:   
Lauren Villani, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone:  1-877-464-9675  ext. 71207 or
Cell: 905-251-6412

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