The Regional Municipality Of York

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York Region community funding supported almost 60,000 residents in 2016

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York invested $5.8 million in the Community Investment Strategy, transit ticket and refugee support programs in 2016, bringing assistance to almost 60,000 residents in need.

“York Region invests in social and human services and community agencies to connect residents with life-improving resources,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Ongoing collaboration between government and community agencies provides a diverse network of support services to improve the health, housing and economic independence of more residents.”

The Community Investment Strategy invested $5.5 million in 51 projects in 2016 providing low and moderate income residents access to human services through community agencies. Funding led to results including:

  • The Housing Help Centre’s Information and Case Management Project improved access to housing by engaging landlords and matching tenants to potential landlords, and stabilized tenancies through education on tenant rights and responsibilities. Workshops were provided in five languages and served 1,760 clients
  • March of Dime’s Customer Service and Retail Training Program provided training in customer service, financial literacy, resume writing, job search and interview techniques to prepare low income and Ontario Works participants for employment. After employment, job retention support was provided to 149 clients
  • York Region Food for Learning community volunteers provided nutritionally balanced breakfast and snack programs for York Region students through schools serving a high population of low and moderate income families. The project served 27,712 children

Through the Region’s Community Partnership Council (CPC), consisting of representatives from government, settlement, language, business, education, health and police sectors, York Region quickly responded to the federal Refugee Resettlement Initiative of 2016 by establishing the Refugee Planning Table for York Region. More than 1,000 refugees benefitted in 2016 from a $200,000 Regional investment to support housing, clothing and employment skills.

Additionally, through the Transit Ticket Program, more than $100,000 in YRT/Viva transit tickets were provided to 54 community agencies to help residents access groceries, food programs, education and training, job opportunities and medical services.

“Every day, residents are accessing York Region’s municipal programs and those offered by community agencies to make positive life changes,” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, Chair of Community and Health Services. “Whatever your age or stage of life as a resident in York Region, a wide variety of services are available to improve your situation and realize your potential.”

York Region has provided funding to non-profit programs and community agencies since 2003 through community investments. For more information on the Community Investment Strategy, visit

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 595,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Media Contact:
Kim MacGillivray, Corporate Communications Advisor
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 77507, Cell: 905-251-6421

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