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York Regional Council Highlights September 20, 2018



York Region continues to advocate for better transit fare integration

York Regional Council passed a resolution to seek a commitment from Metrolinx to finalize a Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) fare integration solution by 2019. An integrated fare solution would require standardization of fare policies, discounts, fares and rules regarding transfers.

York Region will also continue to work with York University on a temporary solution to the cross-boundary travel issue for students, such as a Universal Pass or U-Pass. 


Deciding the locations of future landfill sites

York Regional Council received a presentation from the Town of Ingersoll, Mayor Ted Comiskey requesting the province formally grant municipalities the authority to approve or reject landfill projects in their communities.

Mayor Comiskey’s presentation will be shared with the nine local cities and towns and has been referred to York Region staff for a further report back to York Regional Council.


2017 waste diversion exceeds Official Plan goal of 90 per cent diversion from landfill

The Regional Municipality of York has achieved 93 per cent diversion from landfill based on the release of the 2017 Solid Waste Diversion report. This includes all tonnes from local city and town curbside collection programs, waste depot diversion programs and tonnes managed through energy-from-waste.

2017 achievements include collection of over:

  • 85,298 tonnes of blue box recyclables
  • 97,877 tonnes of organics
  • 39,477 tonnes of yard waste
  • 1,256 tonnes of household hazardous waste
  • 1,344 tonnes of waste electronics

Since 2012, York Region and our local cities and towns have ranked first in urban municipal diversion. York Region is committed to the four R’s of recycling, reducing, reusing and recovering energy from waste. Energy-from-waste captures the energy produced from waste after recycling efforts have taken place. In addition, the process lowers greenhouse gas emissions, recovers metals and reduces the volume of waste going to landfill.

For more information on York Region’s waste reduction initiatives, visit york.ca/sm4rtlving


Moving Canada towards zero plastic waste

York Regional Council received an update on the collective effort to move Canada towards zero plastic waste. All levels of government are working to zero plastic waste by reducing single use plastics such as straws, coffee cups and shopping bags, as well as change how plastic waste is produced and managed.

The Government of Canada launched public consultations to assist with a federal-provincial-territorial approach to keep plastic out of landfills and the environment. Policies and regulations from all levels of government can further reduce plastic waste by making manufacturers responsible for creating less plastic and using reusable or recyclable packaging.

York Region was one of the first municipalities to establish reuse and reduction targets with the SM4RT Living Plan. The SM4RT Living Plan promotes waste reduction with a variety of programs such as litter-less lunch programs, waste reduction resources and workshops and education though outreach events and social media.


Promoting health, well-being and safety for York Region’s seniors

York Regional Council received an update on the Region’s 2017 Long-Term Care Performance Report. The Regional Municipality of York remains committed to creating safe, inclusive and accessible communities for all residents.

The Region funds two Long-Term Care Homes and provides care for approximately 232 residents. The 2017 Satisfaction Survey shows resident and family satisfaction levels remain high.

Highlights of the report include:

  • 100 per cent of respondents agree they would recommend the homes to others
  • Both homes achieved three-year accreditation in 2017
  • In 2017, the homes were inspected five times by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) with an average of nine non-compliance findings per inspection, most of which were for minor issues like keeping assistive devices in good state of repair and updating residents’ plans of care

Both Homes have performed better than the provincial and Central Local Health Integration Network average for three of the indicators, being the use of anti-psychotics, the use of restraints and improved physical functioning.

Staff are committed to focusing on quality improvement initiatives that further enhance the effectiveness of the delivery of care and services to residents of the homes.


Connecting residents to services and supports that make a difference

York Regional Council received an update on York Region’s Social Services report Opening Doors Together - Activity Update 2017.

York Region is the service system manager on behalf of the Province of Ontario for children’s services, homelessness prevention and housing stability services and is also the service administrator for Ontario Works.

Each year, York Region helps more than 50,000 residents who need support with:

  • Resolving financial insecurity
  • Finding stable, affordable housing
  • Overcoming barriers to employment
  • Getting access to affordable licensed childcare and recreation programs
  • Helping children with special needs be included in children services

Highlights of the accomplishment report include:

  • Preventing homelessness or securing housing for 1,585 households through the Housing Stability Program
  • Supporting 10,000 residents through Ontario Works; helping them meet their basic needs while gaining and maintaining employment
  • Providing Early Intervention Services to 3,911 children with special needs (a 29 per cent increase over 2016) to further support inclusion and improve the social and emotional health of the children

Visit york.ca/communitysupport to read the full report.


Mid-year development activity summary 2018

York Regional Council received the Mid-Year Development Activity Summary 2018 which includes a detailed overview of York Region planning and engineering development approvals within the first half of 2018.

Development Charges revenue of $254,725,780 represent a slight decrease from mid-year 2017.

Additional highlights include:

  • Development activity remained strong in the first half of 2018 with York Region responding to 206 development applications, an increase from 144 application in the first half of 2017
  • Revenue from planning and engineering application feeds increased in the first half of 2018
  • The City of Vaughan made up 44 per cent of development applications in The Regional Municipality of York

The growth in York Region continues to promote economic vitality – a key pillar of the York Region 2015 to 2019 Strategic Plan.


Housing York Inc. endorses Inclusion Charter for York Region

The Regional Municipality of York’s housing corporation, Housing York Inc, endorsed the Inclusion Charter for York Region. The charter will help to continue to strengthen the organization’s commitment to creating an even more inclusive environment for Housing York Inc. residents and visitors.

Housing York Inc. was established in 2003 and operates 35 housing properties home to more than 4,000 tenants in 2,600 units. For more information on Housing York Inc. and subsidized housing, visit York.ca/housingyork

For more information on the Inclusion Charter for York Region, visit york.ca/inclusiveyr


Region remains vigilant in managing invasive species in York Region

York Regional Council received an update on continued efforts to combat the effects of invasive species such as the emerald ash borer and giant hogweed across York Region with strategies to slow down their spread.

Ontario has more invasive species than any other province or territory in Canada. The potential economic impacts on agriculture, fisheries, forests, health care, tourism and the recreation industry are estimated at $3.6 billion per year.

Together with regulatory agencies, York Region remains vigilant in monitoring for tree pests and diseases and work with partners to reduce the impact of hazardous plants such as wild parsnip and giant hogweed along Regional roads.

York Region also continues to work with local cities and towns, other levels of government and non-profit organizations to combat the threats posed by these invasive species.


York Region and York Regional Police Services Agreement Amendment

York Regional Council is requesting an amendment to the Joint Services Agreement. The amendment includes new authorities that would better equip York Region Transit Special Constables to serve travellers and remain consistent with expected level of services across the Greater Toronto Area, such as Metrolinx and TTC.

The proposed amendment would provide specifically trained YRT Special Constables with the ability to act in situations involving public safety under the Trespass to Property Act, the Mental Health Act and the Liquor Licences Act.


Bridge replacement on Keele Street in the City of Vaughan

York Regional Council authorized an agreement with Canadian National Railway to replace the bridge on Keele Street, north of Steeles Avenue in the City of Vaughan.

The existing four-lane bridge carries vehicles over two railway tracks. The new bridge will accommodate the future widening of Keele Street to six lanes with space for sidewalks and cycling paths.

The construction cost of the bridge is estimated to be $8.9 million. Canadian National Railway has agreed to contribute 45.6 per cent, or an estimated $4.1 million, and York Region will contribute to the estimated balance of $4.8 million.


2018 Operating and Capital Budget mid-year progress report

York Regional Council received a report outlining the mid-year financial results as well as an update on progress made towards 2018 budget objectives.

Mid-year net Regional operations expenditures were 95 per cent of the year-to-date budget. It is anticipated final expenditures will be 98 per cent of budget.

Similarly, capital expenditures at the same point in time were 85 per cent of the year-to-date budget with final expenditures expected to report in at 87 per cent of the 2018 capital budget.


York Region Committee and Council dates for 2019

York Regional Council approved the Committee and Council calendar for 2019. You can view the dates on the events calendar on york.ca or stay up to date by downloading York Region’s mobile app.


Next regular meeting of York Regional Council

York Regional Council will meet on Thursday, November 15 at 10 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, 51,000 businesses and 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at York.ca/regionalservices

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Media Contact:
Catherine Vettese, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71233
Cell: 905-251-6413
Email: catherine.vettese@york.ca



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