The Regional Municipality Of York


The Regional Municipality of York and CUPE Local 905 ratify four-year agreement

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York is pleased to announce the ratification of a labour agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 905.

“We continuously strive for a mutually agreeable balance that is fair and respectful to both our employees and the taxpayers of York Region,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “On behalf of York Regional Council, we are pleased with the outcome of these negotiations. All our staff provide critical Regional services to almost 1.2 million residents across our nine cities and towns.”

Details of the new agreement include an average wage increase of approximately 1.7 per cent over the term of the four-year contract. Specifically:

  • 1.65% wage increase, retroactive to April 1, 2016
  • 1.74% wage increase, effective April 1, 2017
  • 1.74% wage increase, effective April 1, 2018
  • 1.74% wage increase, effective April 1, 2019

The agreement includes operational and scheduling improvements to enhance service delivery effectiveness and modest increases to employee vision care benefits.

York Regional Council ratified this agreement at today’s Council meeting. CUPE Local 905 membership ratified their vote on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

“CUPE Local 905 members take pride in delivering the public services that the communities in York Region rely upon. We appreciate the new collective agreement values our work and the services we provide to make York Region an excellent community to live and work," said CUPE 905 York Region and Long-Term Care Unit(s) Chairperson Doug Sheppard.

The contract for CUPE Local 905 represents approximately 2,800 staff and expired on March 31, 2016. The agreement comes following a series of negotiations between the two parties over the past few months.This new agreement will expire on March 31, 2020.

Services provided by CUPE Local 905 employees include: engineering for large infrastructure projects such as affordable housing and water and wastewater, maintenance for regional roads, paramedic services and administrative support.

York Region's unionized employees are represented by the York Region and Long-Term CareUnit(s) of CUPE Local 905 and the Ontario Nursing Association (ONA). Members of ONA are under contract until March 2017. Approximately 81 per cent of York Region’s total staff complement is represented by one of these three unions with this settlement affecting the largest group.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to almost 1.2 million residents, 50,000 businesses and 580,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact:         

Patrick Casey, Director, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71235, Cell 905-715-8211

Hamid Osman, Communications Officer, CUPE Local 905
Phone: 1-905-967-0823, ext. 106, Cell 647-448-2823


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