The Regional Municipality Of York


More people choosing to live and work in York Region

City building, infrastructure investments and improved transit are attraction factors 

Newmarket – More people are choosing to both live and work in York Region. According to the 2018 Regional Official Plan Monitoring Report, the live/work ratio in York Region increased over two per cent between 2011 and 2016, reinforcing the Region as a destination-of-choice for top talent seeking good jobs and a high quality of life.

“Significant progress continues to be made towards achieving our long range planning targets, maintaining a sustainable natural environment, creating healthy communities and encouraging economic vitality,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “I’m pleased with the progress made towards building the kind of communities we want future generations to inherit."

2017 report highlights include:

  • Sustainable Natural Environment: over 600 hectares of land protected since 2009
  • Healthy Communities: Medium and high density housing forms are up 21 per cent since 2012
  • Economic Vitality: There is more than one job for every two residents
  • An Urbanized Region: York Region is on track to meet 2031 population and employment forecasts
  • Agricultural and Rural Areas: Annual gross farm receipts increased 28 per cent from 2001 to 2016
  • Servicing the Population: In addition to the opening of the York/Spadina subway extension, overall transit use is up in York Region, with less residents relying on the car

“York Region is creating the kind of communities residents want to live in and businesses want to operate in,” said City of Markham Regional Councillor Joe Li, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development. “I expect the live/work ratio to increase in York Region as companies are looking for more than just office space. They continue to seek out strategic office locations supported by infrastructure, transit and close to desired amenities – places where their employees can thrive."

Residents are encouraged to visit to become familiar with the vision for York Region. If you would like to be involved in helping inform, or receive communications on, the York Region Official Plan review, please contact Planning and Economic Development staff at

The York Region Official Plan is part of the Region’s Vision for the future. In addition to guiding York Region’s Strategic Plan it outlines growth management policies on city building, complete communities, agriculture and rural areas as well as on infrastructure and service provisions.

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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Lauren Villani, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
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