The Regional Municipality Of York


York Region joins Earth Hour challenge to raise awareness of climate change

Non-essential lights at Regional facilities to be turned off on Saturday, March 30 for Earth Hour

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York will join cities and towns from around the world in turning off all non-essential lights to support Earth Hour on Saturday, March 30 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Earth Hour is a global movement organized by the World Wildlife Foundation to encourage individuals, communities and corporations to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change. This global event is an opportunity to make small adjustments all year round to benefit the health of the planet.

Every year people, businesses and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights and recognize Earth Hour. This year, York Region will join the celebration and switch off all non-essential lights at the following four Regional locations:

  • York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Town of Newmarket
  • York Region South Services Centre, 50 High Tech Road, Town of Richmond Hill
  • York Region Transportation Operations Centre, 90 Bales Drive, Town of East Gwillimbury
  • York Region Community and Health Services, 9060 Jane Street, City of Vaughan

In 2018, Alectra Utilities, which serves portions of York Region and Simcoe County, recorded a total savings of 1.5% less electricity used across York Region and Simcoe Country during Earth Hour – enough electricity to power 1,314 average-size homes for over a 24-hour period.

Do you plan to go an hour without power? If you haven’t considered Earth Hour plans yet, there’s still time. Here’s five ways you can have some fun while showing love for our planet:

  • Invite friends and family over for a candle-lit dinner or game night
  • Enjoy moonlit walk outside
  • Have a conversation with someone you haven’t talked to in a while
  • Have your family draw self-portraits in the dark
  • Reflect or come up with ideas for using less energy beyond the hour

We want to know how you plan to celebrate across York Region. Share your ideas on Facebook and Twitter using #loveyr and #Connect2Earth

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

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