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York Region 2017 operating budget funds quality core services for residents



York Regional Council approves $2.1 billion 2017 operating budget

Newmarket - As part of the 2017 to 2018 budget, York Regional Council approved a $2.1 billion operating budget for 2017 to support the programs and services residents use and depend on every day.

The day-to-day operating activities of York Region are central to the excellent quality of life York Region residents and businesses enjoy. Almost all of the spending in the operating budget goes to core service areas, including policing, community and social programs, environmental services, roads and transit.

The 2017 operating budget helps ensure high-quality services will continue to be provided to a growing number of residents in a timely and efficient manner.

New Initiatives in 2017

  • Improving response to road disruptions, traffic congestion and road closures with new traffic cameras and upgraded traffic signal controllers
  • Operating and maintaining an additional 18 urban lane-kilometres of Regional roads
  • Improving transit customer service and system efficiency through innovative YRT/Viva technology, such as Wi-Fi at Richmond Hill Terminal and transit-related mobile apps
  • Expanding the Rent Supplement Program to support housing stability for low and moderate income families and individuals
  • Planting 2,400 new street trees, including replacing 700 trees infected by the emerald ash borer, to maintain the urban tree canopy

Highlights of 2017 Operating Budget

$564 million for Environmental Services:

  • Providing safe water and wastewater treatment to approximately 1.2 million residents
  • Managing more than 370,000 tonnes of solid waste, with a continued focus on reduction, reuse and recycling efforts while maximizing diversion from landfill
  • Managing 21 York Regional Forest properties consisting of 2,300 hectares of publicly accessible lands
  • Implementing an updated York Region Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by Regional operations

$504 million for Community and Health Services:

  • Hiring 16 new staff for Paramedic Services to support Regional growth
  • Funding and administering approximately 6,800 social housing units owned and managed by Housing York Inc. and other community housing providers
  • Operating long-term care facilities in the Town of Newmarket and the City of Vaughan
  • Subsidizing 5,406 child care spaces and providing financial assistance to more than 6,120 households each month

$343 million for York Regional Police:

  • Providing police services to 1.2 million York Region residents
  • 31 new York Regional Police officers and 12 civilian staff to address population growth, provide responsible and sustainable service and continued focus on changing demographics within the Region
  • Funding to support the accelerated hiring of new officers to prepare for the impact of pending retirements

$337 million for Transportation Services:

  • Maintaining a safe and efficient road network, including more than 4,100 lane-kilometres of road, more than 850 traffic signals, more than 135 traffic cameras, and 40 red light cameras
  • Delivering safe, reliable, accessible and convenient transit, including:
    • Approximately 1.2 million total hours of transit service,
    • Carrying almost 23 million riders and serving 12,100 Mobility Plus clients,
    • More than 120 bus routes, and
    • A fleet of more than 500 vehicles and three Regionally-owned garages
  • Continued implementation of VivaNext bus rapid transit services on new rapidways on Yonge Street and Highway 7 to move people faster
  • Improved response to road disruptions, traffic congestion and road closures with new traffic cameras and upgraded traffic signal controllers

Other operating budget initiatives:

  • Reducing reliance on future debt financing of capital projects by increasing the annual contributions to reserves for capital asset replacement by $19.9 million, and for debt reduction by $8.4 million in 2017 as part of the Region’s Fiscal Strategy
  • Maintaining the Region’s commitment to supporting the operations and investments made by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
  • Continuing to contribute to a reserve for funding the new York University Markham Centre Campus to which the Region has committed up to $25 million
  • Continuing investment in hospital capital projects

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local municipalities 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 york.ca/regionalservices

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Media Contact:          

Michael Swart, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
1-877-464-9675, ext. 71238
michael.swart@york.ca

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