The Regional Municipality Of York


York Region gains 15,000 more jobs in 2018

York Region continues to outpace national and provincial job growth rates for the fifth consecutive year

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York released the 2018 Employment and Industry Report which provides a detailed overview of industry and employment trends in York Region.

“Economic vitality is a key priority for York Regional Council,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “By continuing to invest and encourage job growth across a wide range of sectors, we are helping attract and retain high quality and good paying jobs.”

Highlights from the report include:

  • 2.4% employment growth rate from 2017, continuing to outpace national and provincial employment rates for the fifth consecutive year
  • 636,630 estimated jobs in York Region as of mid-2018
  • 15,120 jobs added between 2017 and 2018
  • 78% of surveyed employment in York Region is in services-producing sectors

“York Region remains a destination of choice for businesses and top talent,” said City of Markham Regional Councillor Jim Jones, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development. “From start-ups to world-class global organizations, Canadian and international business communities continue to choose York Region as a place to invest.”

In 2018, York Region surveyed 34,100 businesses through the York Region employment survey. The annual survey collects employment data and provides a snap shot of York Region’s economy. Data is compared over time to identify trends.

Council also received the 2018 Year in Review. It captures local business achievements and provides an update on York Region’s economic activity taking place under York Region’s Economic Development Action Plan 2016 to 2019. Highlights include:

  • Business advisory services have facilitated close to 3,700 new and expansion jobs across the Region since 2010
  • Regional collaboration with our nine local cities and towns in research, marketing and innovation have contributed to business growth and success
  • On-going urban infrastructure investments have resulted in a strong labour force

For more information on economic development, and available resources to grow a business, visit or the York Small Business Enterprise Centre.

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


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Nancy La Neve, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71207
Cell: 289-716-9605

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