The Regional Municipality Of York


York Region puts Community Safety and Well-Being first

Newmarket – York Regional Council approved the development of a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan for York Region.

The plan will identify and assess risks to community safety and well-being, including strategies to reduce prioritized risks.

“Community safety and well-being planning focuses on social development and preventative actions to reduce and mitigate crime, victimization and harm to further contribute to strong, caring, safe communities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Through informed collaboration with York Regional Police and our community partners, we remain committed to delivering high-quality, consistent, and meaningful services that meet the complex needs of our growing and diverse population.”

York Region remains one of the safest communities in Canada. A June 2019 report from the York Regional Police Services Board indicates York Region has maintained a low overall crime rate that ranks lowest in Total Crime Code and Crime Severity Index across the nation when compared to the eight regional/municipal police services serving the largest populations in Canada.

The 2018 Growth and Development Review also highlights York Region with a low unemployment rate compared to Toronto Census Metropolitan Area and Ontario, and has the second highest median income in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

While the Region compares favourably to other municipalities on many levels, there are always opportunities to strengthen outcomes. Through targeted engagement and in partnership with local municipalities and community organizations, the plan will identify and assess risks to community safety and well-being, and will include strategies to reduce these risks.

“The Region is a vibrant, growing destination of choice for residents and employers,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Gino Rosati, Chair of Community and Health Services. “Taking a place-based approach to the preparation of this plan provides an opportunity to build on Regional initiatives and develop targeted strategies to address specific services gaps.”

Regional Council has approved the Human Services Planning Board of York Region to serve as an Advisory Committee for preparation of the plan. Development and finalization of the plan will be submitted for Council adoption in late 2020.

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:
Ben Mulholland, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 76664 or Cell: 289-716-9605

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