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Top 5 Ways York Region is a Good Friend

July 30 is International Day of Friendship, a day to celebrate the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

At York Region, we know first-hand the role friendship plays in delivering valuable and useful services and programs to our residents.

The Top 5 Ways York Region is a good friend in our community:

1. We keep litter out of your communities

Your local city or town is responsible for collecting your residential garbage and recycling, and delivering it to York Region facilities for processing. Most garbage collected is sent to an energy-from-waste facility to be converted into energy. In 2018, York Region diverted 94% of waste from landfill through the Durham Energy Centre and other energy-from-waste contracts.

2. We keep our beach waters clear

York Region monitors the water quality at local public beaches beginning in mid-June and continuing until the end of August to make sure it is safe for swimming. A minimum of five water samples are collected from each beach once a week and tested for bacteria. During periods when high levels of bacteria are estimated, York Region posts warning signs at the beach advising residents the water is unsafe for swimming.

3. We supply fresh, clean drinking water

York Region is responsible for supplying water to residents in all nine local cities and towns. Water comes from Lake Ontario, Lake Simcoe and groundwater sources. Local municipalities deliver water to residents, commercial, industrial and institutional users in their town/city and collect money for the service. In the 2018 Drinking Water Systems Report, York Region achieved over 99% for the combination of high quality drinking water and Ministry inspection scores. Working together, York Region and your local city and town make sure you have access to safe, clean drinking water.

4. We connect you to family and friends

York Region manages over 4,200 lane kilometres of Regional roads. York Region’s roads are maintained and improved regularly, assisting in the safe and efficient transport of goods and people between urban and rural areas. In addition, York Region Transit offers local and rapid transit services in all nine York Region cities and towns. Almost 130 routes keep residents connected within York Region, as well as connecting services in the City of Toronto and the Regions of Peel and Durham. In addition, Mobility Plus provides door-to-door, shared-ride, accessible public transit service for people with disabilities.

5. We maintain forests to get you outside

York Region strives to protect our forests through careful management and conservation, promoting tree planning and controlling invasive species. The York Regional Forest stretches across 5,680 acres of land and offers trails, events and an accessible trail for residents to enjoy 365 days a year at no cost.

Like a good friend, York Region is always here, working closely with our nine cities and towns to bring valuable services to you, our residents.


Friends,Day At York Region, we know first-hand the role friendship plays in delivering valuable and useful services and programs to our residents. The Regional Municipality of York en-US News

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