The Regional Municipality Of York


York Region renews partnership to support tourism

Entertainment options continue to increase in York Region

Newmarket – York Region approved a continued partnership with the York Region Arts Council to enhance tourism, arts and culture programs into 2020.

“Tourism, arts and culture are key economic drivers for York Region and bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to our communities each and every year,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “By working with the York Region Arts Council and other partners, we are continuing to showcase all of what our nine local cities and towns have to offer.”

Ensuring a vibrant arts and culture scene adds significantly to creating well-rounded communities which impacts the growth and attraction of York Region. Partnering with the York Region Arts Council has led to increased community participation, helping to attract 500,000 people to local festivals and events and generating millions of tourism dollars in 2019.

Additional highlights of this partnership include helping the York Region Arts Council to:

  • Host various tourism symposiums with the focus of providing information on trends and measuring success
  • Offer local artist mentorship and residency programs
  • Conducting research into the creative state of York Region to better understand stakeholder needs

“It’s so important to showcase the development in York Region through tourism,” said City of Markham Regional Councillor Jim Jones, Chair of Planning and Economic Development. “With over 600 events across York Region, the investment in tourism, cultural programs and entertainment options brings people and communities together.”

In 2020, Regional Council’s continued support will assist the York Region Arts Council with updating

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 54,000 businesses with over 650,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Media Contact:

Stephanie Crowley, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 77272 or Cell: 905-251-6416

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