The Regional Municipality Of York


Economic Development Action Plan

York Region’s Economic Development Action Plan 2016 - 2019 sets out a strategic course of action for the economic growth and prosperity of York Region. Over 250 stakeholders engaged in live and online consultations to help shape the goals and actions included in the plan.

The plan builds on the successes of the 2012 Economic Development Action Plan approved by Regional Council  in December 2012, such as the York University campus in Markham Centre and the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) point of presence at Southlake Regional Health Centre.

The plan is aligned with Regional Council’s strategic priorities as outlined in the 2015 to 2019 Strategic Plan.

Initiatives in the 2016 to 2019 plan will continue to focus on:

  • Financial support for the new York University campus in Markham Centre
  • Advancing the Broadband Strategy to achieve the vison of York Region as a Gigabit community
  • Completing and implementing an office attraction marketing program that promotes York Region as the most viable, attractive location for knowledge-based employers and jobs
  • Support for entrepreneurship development programs aimed at young people through business incubators and accelerators such as Helix, located at Seneca College

Several new elements are incorporated into this action plan, including:

  • Mapping the York Region locations of leading innovative companies, participants and resources to illustrate opportunities for collaboration, partnership and further business development
  • Undertaking in-depth research and analysis of the labour force and work force to inform marketing, communications and program development
  • Monitoring office development and tenant activity to better understand location decision-making process

An annual report on the progress made toward achieving results will be presented to Committee and Council in the spring of each year.  The Action Plan has been circulated to area municipalities and various stakeholders.

To support local businesses of all sizes and attract new ones, York Region provides expertise such as one-on-one business advisory services, location selection assistance, economic research and analysis, and small business advisory services. For more information, see Assistance for Businesses on

View the Economic Action Plan 2016 - 2019 Appendices


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