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City building sets foundation for growth in York Region

Urban Centres account for 32% of new housing and 34% of new jobs

Newmarket – York Regional Council today received an update on city building and a report on growth and development for 2018, both highlighting York Region remains a destination of choice for new residents and employers.

Population growth in The Regional Municipality of York accounted for 14.9% of all growth in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area in 2018, reinforcing York Region as one of Canada’s fastest growing municipalities. While each local municipality experienced year-over-year growth, the Region’s four Urban Centres – Newmarket, Markham, Richmond Hill/Langstaff Gateway and Vaughan, accounted for 32% of new housing growth and 34% of new job growth.

“City building has been a part of York Region’s Official Plan since 1994, and has resulted in the creation of vibrant destinations that attract new residents and high quality job opportunities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “With a range of housing options, places to work and ways to get there, the growth and development activity underway in York Region’s Urban Centres is evidence that our planning strategy is working.”

Additional 2018 highlights include:

  • Population grew by 22,800 people
  • Employment grew by 15,120 jobs
  • Housing completions increased by over 56% (10,230 completed housing units)
  • Building permits issued for 7,902 residential dwelling units, with 56% of all high density permits located in Urban Centres
  • 19% of residents in the Region’s urban centres reported using public transit to commute to work

“York Region continues to demonstrate growth in population, employment and the housing market,” said City of Markham Regional Councilor Jim Jones, Chair of Planning and Economic Development. “Focusing on city building supports the Region’s vision of vibrant, successful, healthy, transit-oriented, complete communities.”

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 over 636,600 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


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Kylie-Anne Doerner, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
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