The Regional Municipality Of York


York Region Paramedics donate decommissioned ambulance to Dominica

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York is continuing to give back to help communities across the world with the donation of a decommissioned ambulance.

The donation of one ambulance to Caribbean North Charities Foundation, a registered Canadian charity that provides humanitarian aid and medical equipment to communities in the Caribbean, will support the delivery of much-needed medical services to communities in Dominica, which was impacted by the 2017 hurricanes.

In York Region, ambulances that reach an established lifecycle of five years or approximately 250,000 kilometres are removed from use. Older decommissioned ambulances continue to be well-maintained and safe so they can be repurposed to serve other communities in need.

Decommissioned ambulances are donated to registered not-for-profit, community or international humanitarian organizations that offer services similar to those supported by York Region. In 2019, York Region will decommission 13 ambulances, with two eligible for donation.

Members of the media are invited to attend this year’s donation ceremony and speak with representatives from York Region and Caribbean North Charities.


Monday, April 8, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 


York Region Administrative Centre Great Hall
17250 Yonge Street, Town of Newmarket


  • Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO, The Regional Municipality of York
  • Members of York Regional Council
  • Katherine Chislett, Commissioner, Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York
  • Chris Spearen, Acting Chief and General Manager, York Region Paramedics
  • Frances Delsol, Trade and Investment Commissioner for Dominica (in Canada)
  • Harry Harakh, President, Caribbean North Charities Foundation

York Region’s team of over 550 paramedics provide emergency response and community care to residents and visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Visit us at or follow us on Twitter @YorkParamedics

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


Media Contact:

Joe Chawla, Community and Health Services,
Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 77240,
Cell: 289-716-7241;
After hours: 905-806-1216;

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