The Regional Municipality Of York

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Like a good friend, York Region is here for you

Newmarket– At York Region, we understand the value friendship plays in delivering our core services and programs. Working closely with our nine local cities and towns, York Region bring services and supports to the homes of residents to improve their day-to-day experiences in the communities they call home.

Recognized on July 30 each year, International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

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In honour of International Day of Friendship, we’re sharing the top five ways York Region is a good friend in our community by delivering services residents know and enjoy:

  1. We keep litter out of your communities: Your local city or town is responsible for collecting your residential garbage and recycling, and delivering it to York Region facilities for processing. Most garbage collected is sent to an energy-from-waste facility. In 2018, York Region diverted 94% of waste from landfill through the Durham Energy Centre and other energy-from-waste contracts. Learn about York Region’s role in garbage processing at

  2. We keep our beach waters clear: York Region monitors the water quality at local public beaches beginning in mid-June and continuing until the end of August to make sure it is safe for swimming. A minimum of five water samples are collected from each beach once a week and tested for bacteria. During periods when high levels of bacteria are estimated, York Region posts warning signs at the beach advising residents the water is unsafe for swimming. You can check the water quality and bacteria level of beaches in York Region at

  3. We supply fresh, clean drinking water: York Region is responsible for supplying water to residents in all nine local cities and towns. Water comes from Lake Ontario, Lake Simcoe and groundwater sources. Local municipalities deliver water to residents, commercial, industrial and institutional users in their town or city and collect money for the service. Working together, York Region and your local city and town make sure you have access to safe, clean drinking water. In the 2018 Drinking Water Systems Report, York Region achieved over 99% for the combination of high quality drinking water and Ministry inspection scores. Find out more about how water gets from our lakes and rivers to your taps at

  4. We connect you to family and friends: York Region manages over 4,200 lane kilometres of Regional roads. York Region’s roads are maintained and improved regularly, assisting in the safe and efficient transport of goods and people between urban and rural areas. In addition, York Region Transit offers local and rapid transit services in all nine York Region cities and towns. Almost 130 routes keep residents connected within York Region, as well as connecting services in the City of Toronto and the Regions of Peel and Durham. In addition, Mobility Plus provides door-to-door, shared-ride, accessible public transit service for people with disabilities. For more information and to plan your trip with YRT, visit

  5. We maintain forests to get you outside: York Region strives to protect our forests through careful management and conservation, promoting tree planning and controlling invasive species. The York Regional Forest stretches across 2,300 hectares of protected land and offers trails, events and an accessible trail for residents to enjoy 365 days a year at no cost. Plan your next walk in the forest at  

York Region is a two-tier municipality. This means the upper-tier municipality (The Regional Municipality of York) delivers specific services for the lower-tier municipalities. York Region’s lower-tier municipalities and friends include Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville. Friendship is all about helping each other and trusting one another. Find out more about the unique services York Region offers at


Media Contact:
Andrea Griepsma, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71233, Cell: 289-251-6413

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