The Regional Municipality Of York

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Work and play finds a home in York Region’s urban areas

Four key centres expected to accommodate significant population and employment growth

Newmarket – York Region's "Centres and Corridors” program continues to develop the four Regional city “centres” - and the transit “corridors” that link them. Together, these communities are home to more than 50,000 people and approximately 118,000 jobs.

“York Regional Council continues to invest in city-building infrastructure and transit,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Together with our federal and provincial partners, since 1994, we have invested more than $3.2 billion to build and support these highly active urban areas.”


Centres and Corridors are home to 50,000 people


These four geographic areas - Markham Centre, Newmarket Centre, Richmond Hill/Langstaff Gateway and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre - are designed to accommodate a significant share of York Region’s population and employment growth.

Highlights of the past year include:

  • 118,000 of all York Region jobs exist in these areas, with the highest (2016) increase (more than nine per cent) occurring in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre
  • The Toronto-York Spadina Subway Expansion to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, making York Region the only region outside the City of Toronto with a direct subway connection to Toronto
  • Thirty-six kilometres of Viva Bus Rapid Transit System to help transit riders reach their destinations faster

The Centres and Corridors program and York Link office attraction campaign partnered to highlight the relationship between city building, economic development and the importance of attracting the right mix of quality jobs and commercial office development. Since 2013, building permits for approximately 120,000 square metres of office space have been issued in the Region’s centres and corridors. York Region is now second only to Toronto in new GTA office construction.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to almost 1.2 million residents, 50,000 businesses and 595,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Media Contact:
Barbara Schnier, Corporate Communications
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone:  1-877-464-9675  ext. 71237 or Cell: 905-505-5775

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