The Regional Municipality Of York


York Region continues to plan for water and wastewater needs to support growth

Region leverages existing infrastructure to provide over seven-year supply of water serving capacity

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York is taking steps to ensure the water and wastewater needs of the community continue to be met by assigning a capacity of 108,638 persons to local cities and towns. This is the largest capacity assignment and the longest forecasted planning horizon since allocating the 2005 water and wastewater capacity – a move which supports growth to the end of 2026.

“York Region has taken a strategic approach to managing water and wastewater assignment enabling our Region to grow to 1.2 million people,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “By freeing up additional capacity for water and wastewater services, together with our local municipalities, we can continue to build the strong, caring communities that so many people are drawn to.”

Building on the success of the not-for-profit housing reserve, York Region has also established an additional reserve of 4,000 persons to support purpose-built rental housing initiatives and the Region’s commitment to increasing the supply of rental housing. This capacity assignment is well aligned with York Region’s Fiscal Strategy and the Regional 10-Year Capital Plan.

“The Region is committed to leveraging existing infrastructure before investing in additional capacity,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of Environmental Services. “By working with our cities and towns we can monitor forecasted housing markets and ensure there is an adequate supply of water services for the future.” 

Over the past few years the Region has embarked on new, innovative approaches to promote water efficiency and meet future growth needs. Incentive programs, such as the Inflow and Infiltration Reduction Program, allows local cities and towns to leverage their servicing capacity while promoting sustainable residential development.

To ensure the available capacity is not exceeded, York Region will continue to work with our local municipalities to monitor capacity consumption and track the number of registered units and site plan-approved units and report back to Regional Council in 2021 and again in 2023.

The Region is also undertaking a Municipal Comprehensive Review and Water and Wastewater Master Plan to consider future water and wastewater needs and help ensure we are building communities that are healthy and complete, where residents of all abilities and ages can live work and play.

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 636,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact: Masrine Guthrie-Peart, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 77272
Cell: 905-251-6416

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