The Regional Municipality Of York


York Regional Council – Thursday, November 15, 2018

York Region Chairman thanks members of Council

During the final Council meeting of the 2014 – 2018 term, York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson thanked all members of Council for their contributions toward our strong, safe and caring communities.

Highlights of this Council term include:

Chairman Emmerson also acknowledged the following outgoing Regional Council Members:

  • Town of Newmarket Mayor Tony Van Bynen; 15 years as Mayor and Regional Councillor
  • Town of Aurora Mayor Geoffry Dawe; eight years as Mayor
  • Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Justin Altmann; four years as Mayor
  • Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg; 18 years as Regional Councillor
  • Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora; 12 years as Regional Councillor
  • City of Markham Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong; four years as Regional Councillor
  • Town of Georgina Regional Councillor Naomi Davison; two years as Regional Councillor
  • City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Sunder Singh; 1.5 years as Regional Councillor

Council requests Buttonville Airport control tower remain open

In response to the planned closure of the air traffic control tower at Buttonville Airport, The Regional Municipality of York and York Regional Council voted unanimously to request its continued presence at one of Ontario’s busiest airports. Council is advising The Honourable Marc Garneau, MP, Minister of Transport, to share the Region’s stance on the closure with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and local MPs and MPPs.

The air traffic control tower at Buttonville Airport in the City of Markham is set to close on January 3, 2019 due to outdated information that showed a decline in operations and an impending full closure of the airport. With the airport now planned to remain open for at least five additional years, air traffic has increased. The safety of York Region’s residents would be at risk if the air traffic control tower shuts down due to lack of planning and communication both in the air and on the ground.

Dr. Alanna Fitzgerald-Husek and Dr. Fareen Karachiwalla appointed as Associate Medical Officers of Health

York Regional Council appointed Dr. Alanna Fitzgerald-Husek and Dr. Fareen Karachiwalla as Associate Medical Officers of Health (AMOH) for The Regional Municipality of York, effective November 15, 2018.

After specializing in public health and preventive medicine, Dr. Alanna Fitzgerald-Husek worked for over a year at Public Health Ontario and has co-authored various reports on emerging diseases and outbreaks.

Dr. Karachiwalla has worked as a family physician in various settings. Most recently she was an Associate Medical Officer of Health at the Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington Public Health Unit.

Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, the AMOH will increase the Region’s capacity to effectively respond to emerging diseases, outbreaks, infection control lapses and provide direction in the management of infections diseases.

York Region receives an A for budget reporting

York Region received an A in the recently released CD Howe report, Show Us the Numbers: Grading the Financial Reports of Canada’s Municipalities, a measure of the clarity of budget information presented to the public.

York Region is committed to equity, fairness and transparency, including the budget process and how it is presented to residents.

Milestone Date for start of York University Markham Centre Campus construction extended

York Regional Council has approved an extension to the milestone date for the start of York University Markham Centre Campus construction to December 31, 2019.

In September 2014, Council approved a memo of understanding with York University, providing $25 million in financial support for a new campus with start of construction by December 31, 2018.

It is the intent of York University to try and proceed with the Markham campus with the support of York Region, the City of Markham and Seneca College, despite the current loss of provincial funding. This extension will allow York University to retain eligibility for the Region's funding as they work towards replacing the provincial funding share.

York Region is committed to attracting and retaining talent that drives economic growth.

York Region continues to be attractive for business growth

York Region was bidding on being home to Amazon’s second worldwide headquarters. Amazon announced on Tuesday, November 12, New York and Northern Virginia as the selected cities.

The Regional Municipality of York is incredibly proud to have two York Region locations – one in the City of Markham and one in the City of Vaughan – shortlisted from the initial 238 proposals.

There were many contributing factors to our success and that begins with the fact York Region has one of the highest concentrations of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies, plus annual employment numbers that continue to exceed national and provincial averages.

York Region remains committed to take action on climate change

York Regional Council reaffirmed its commitment and municipal perspective on climate change in light of the provincial cancellation of the Cap and Trade Act, 2018.

York Region has a significant stake in addressing climate change given the Region’s role in delivering services directly to residents. The Region is committed to work with the province and supports the development of provincial climate change policies through a municipal advisory group that can provide practical solutions.

Recommendations for a policy framework include:

•    Identify long-term emission reduction targets
•    Commit to annual reporting of results in the Climate Change Action Plan
•    Support and build municipal efforts to mitigate climate change
•    Explore ways to support innovative technology
•    Assess Ontario’s key vulnerabilities, provide future climate information and encourage resiliency
•    Continue engagement on both the developments and monitoring of the plan

York Regional Council remains committed to address the impacts of climate change through strategic documents including Vision 2051, Regional Official Plan and the Corporate Energy Conservation Demand Management Plan.

York Region requests expansion of waste diversion programs

York Regional Council is requesting the province take action to reduce the demand for new landfill capacity by expanding mandatory waste diversion programs.

Despite recent gains in municipal residential waste diversion, Ontario continues to rely heavily on landfills for its waste diversion needs.

Since 2012, York Region and our local cities and towns have ranked first in urban municipal diversion. York Region continues to work with municipal partners to provide sustainable long-term waste management programs that maximize diversion from landfill. In 2017, York Region achieved 93 per cent diversion from landfill, exceeding its Official Plan goal of 90 per cent.

Increased waste diversion capacity may be unlocked throughout the province with new funding opportunities and streamlined approvals for waste processing facilities.

York Region leverages World Toilet Day to remind residents what to flush

Monday, November 19 is recognized as World Toilet Day. Every year, the United Nations coordinates this international observance on fresh water and sanitation.

As part of World Toilet Day, York Region is reminding residents about the important role hidden infrastructure plays in safeguarding our waterways and raising awareness about the things that should never be flushed down the toilet, such as cotton swabs, dental floss and wipes.

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Next regular meeting of York Regional Council

The inaugural meeting of York Regional Council for the term of office from December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2022 will take place Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the York Region Administrative Centre Council Chambers, located at 17250 Yonge Street in the Town of Newmarket.

York Regional Council will also meet on Thursday, December 13 at 9 a.m. in the York Region Administrative Centre Council Chambers.

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

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