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York Regional Council Highlights - January 30, 2020



Live streaming of the public session of Council and Committee of the Whole meetings is available on the day of the meeting from 9 a.m. until the close of the meeting. Past sessions are also available at york.ca/councilandcommittee


York Region responds to provincial consultations on health care modernization

York Regional Council received two presentations related to the Province’s proposed modernization of public health and emergency health services.

In response to the provincial consultation on public health modernization, York Region is advocating to maintain current governance, geography, service delivery and funding models. In addition, York Region supports the autonomy of the Medical Officer of Health to set priorities and inform Board of Health decision-making based on local needs.

Through the provincial consultation on emergency health services modernization, York Region continues to support the modernization of technologies and programs to ensure residents receive the best possible level of care. These include:

  • Modernization of dispatch technologies and triage algorithms
  • New models of care to improve ambulance availability and reduce offload delay
  • Innovative programs to reduce calls to 911 and visits to emergency departments
  • Provide funding for municipal paramedic services at 50% of actual operating costs

York Region to pilot automated speed enforcement in 12 school zones

Regional Council approved the launch of a two-year automated speed enforcement pilot, which will include using a camera and speed measurement device to enforce speed limits in 12 community safety zones as early as May 2020.

The two-year pilot will include a mobile automated speed enforcement unit rotated between 12 identified community safety zones covering 19 schools. Automated speed enforcement signs will be installed on Regional roads 90 days in advance of activating a camera to inform motorists of the upcoming change.

The automated speed enforcement locations, identified as the highest potential risk for school children, were selected by reviewing traffic volume, school population and travel speed.


GTA West Highway supports economic development and community growth

Regional Council welcomes the Province of Ontario’s decision to resume the Greater Toronto West Highway Environmental Assessment and is requesting additional considerations.

Considerations to the environmental assessment include moving the preferred route to avoid dividing new communities and adding interchange locations to improve connectivity to the local and Regional road network.

The GTA West Highway environmental study proposes a new freeway, providing more east-west travel options and reducing traffic on roads such as Major Mackenzie Drive and King Road.

The Province of Ontario is currently in the planning phase of the Environmental Assessment and completion is scheduled for the end of 2022. The final report will be submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks for approval. Preliminary design will begin following Ministry approval.


York Region subsidized housing wait list

York Region’s population continues to grow and diversify; however, the housing supply has not kept pace with residents’ needs. As a result, it has become more difficult for many residents to find affordable housing. York Region’s subsidized housing wait list continues to grow, and at the end of 2018, 16,237 households were waiting for subsidized housing.

York Regional Council received the Comprehensive Review of the Subsidized Housing Wait List, which identifies a better understanding of applicants’ needs, outlines ways to continue enhancing administration of the wait list and outlines potential supports for applicants while they wait for subsidized housing or alternatives to help them stay in place.

The review also recommends implementing a more thorough assessment of applicant needs at the time of application, enhancing processes and increasing communication with applicants, and supporting applicants while they wait for subsidized housing and helping them make informed housing choices.


York Region Procurement Bylaw updated

Regional Council approved an update to the Purchasing Bylaw to ensure compliance with recently enacted trade agreements and is in line with bylaws of comparable municipalities. The new Procurement Bylaw preserves the principles of competition, best value, fairness, objectivity, accountability and transparency.

Key changes to the bylaw include:

  • Threshold for triggering competitive procurement process decreases from $150,000 to $100,000
  • Award of Request for Proposals valued higher than $2 million shift from York Regional Council to Chief Administrative Officer to be consistent with straight forward tenders
  • A Procurement Review Committee will now determine whether suppliers currently in unresolved litigation will be suspended from the process

York Region is an active member of the York Purchasing Co-operative group. The new bylaw provides for co-operative purchasing to be undertaken by the Region on behalf of local cities and towns and other public agencies.


York Region prepared for emergency or disaster

Regional Council received the Emergency Management Program Annual Compliance Review report outlining activities undertaken to ensure annual regulations are met and Regional staff are prepared to respond in times of emergency.

Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and Ontario Regulation 380/04, York Region is required to create and maintain an emergency management program and emergency response plan, identify critical infrastructure, conduct training and exercises and promote public awareness.

York Region also partnered with York Regional Police and the nine local cities and towns to complete the annual Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA). The top hazards identified through this exercise and most likely to impact York Region include:

  • Winter weather
  • Electrical energy outage
  • Tornado
  • Infectious disease
  • Extreme Heat
  • Flood
  • Cyber attack

Residents can do their part by preparing a personal emergency plan and 72-hour emergency kit.


York Region honoured as a Top Employer for Young People

The Regional Municipality of York has been named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, administered through Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, was first published in 2002 and recognizes organizations offering the nation’s best workplaces and programs for young people just starting their careers.

Winning organizations are evaluated based on the programs they have to attract and retain younger workers, including tuition assistance, co-op work-study programs, mentorship and training opportunities and career-management programs.

Several reasons York Region was selected include:

  • Year-round co-op placements and internships for students to gain practical experience in the workplace
  • Innovative programs for graduates, such as the Finance department’s Triple A Program
  • Participation as one of CivicAction’s HireNext Employers, ensuring youth-inclusive hiring practices remain a priority
  • Ongoing commitment to creating entry-level positions

The Region’s recognition as a Top Employer for Young People follows Mediacorp Canada’s recent announcement of York Region as one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2020.


York Region takes part in Bell Let’s Talk Day

On January 29, 2020, Regional Council and York Region staff took part in a variety of Bell Let’s Talk activities. With a focus on reducing the stigma associated with mental health, Bell Let’s Talk Day at York Region included conversations on psychological health and wellness in the workplace, resources on mental health supports and an informative session on how to create positive change in support of mental well-being.

As part of the national campaign, participants shared photos, messages, stories and support across social media using #BellLetsTalk.


Crime Stoppers Awareness Month

Regional Council recognizes January as Crime Stoppers Awareness Month. Crime Stoppers of York Region is a not-for-profit organization that partners with police and the media to keep residents and communities safe. As a leader among North American programs, Crime Stoppers of York Region is committed to fostering public trust while facilitating the gathering of anonymous information to help police solve crimes.


2020 Run for Southlake

Regional Council was encouraged to join residents and local municipal staff to run, walk or jog on Sunday, April 26, 2020 in support of Southlake Regional Health Centre.

The 2020 Run for Southlake brings together participants from across the Region, including municipal staff competing in the annual Mayor’s Challenge, to raise awareness and funds for leading-edge health care close to home.


Moment of Silence for victims of Ukraine International Flight 752

On Thursday, January 16, Regional Council held a moment of silence for the victims of Ukraine International Flight 752.

Among the victims on flight 752 were 26 people with direct ties to York Region, including Bahareh Karami, a technologist in the Region’s Environmental Services department. Recognizing the impact this tragic event had on our staff, communities and country, Regional Council paid their respects to those who lost loved ones and offered solace to the community at large.


York Regional Council shares condolences on the passing of Donald Plaxton and Diane Ford

At the January 16 meeting of Committee of the Whole, Regional Council held a moment of silence to acknowledge the passing of former Regional Councillor Donald Plaxton and Diane Ford, the mother of Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

An original member of York Regional Council, Mr. Plaxton was first elected to County Council representing the Town of Richmond Hill in 1956. During his 14-year tenure as a County Reeve, Mr. Plaxton was a member of a special committee that helped regionalize the municipalities of York County.

Council acknowledged the passing of the Premier’s mother and matriarch of the Ford family who was an active member of her community and supported numerous charitable causes throughout Ontario.


Next regular meeting of York Regional Council

York Regional Council will meet on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 9 a.m. in the York Region Administrative Centre Council Chambers, located at 17250 Yonge Street in the Town of Newmarket.


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 52,000 businesses with over 636,600 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices

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Compiled by:
Kylie-Anne Doerner, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71232 Cell: 289-716-6035
kylie-anne.doerner@york.ca


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