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Welcome to the York Region WikiEdit

Welcome to the wiki of the regional municipalility of York.

York Region covers 1,762 square kilometres from Lake Simcoe in the north to the city of Toronto in the south. It's eastern border is shared with Durham, to the west is Peel and Simcoe Country is to the northwest. A map of the region showing its major roads and communities is available.

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Towns and cities in York Region include:

York Region: Fast FactsEdit

GOVERNMENT

The region is governed by a group known as York Region Council, which consists of 20 elected representatives from each of the constituent towns and cities in the region, including each of the nine mayors and 11 regional councillors, who are elected from the constituent municipalities as follows:

  • 1 from each of Georgina and Newmarket
  • 2 from Richmond Hill
  • 3 from Vaughan
  • 4 from Markham

The leader of Council is referred to as "Regional Chair" and "CEO". Bill Fisch currently holds this office.

In October 2008, the York Regional Municipality was named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employees by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

ECOCOMY

The economy of York Region is diverse. In general, the economy includes a full range of businesses from industrial to high-tech to rural / agricultural. New developments continually consume space year after and are especially focused along the Yonge Street corridor from Vaughan/Richmond Hill in the south to Newmarket/Aurora in the north. There are ongoing conflicts between conservationists and developers over land use. Most contentious is the conflict use of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

ShoppingEdit

Major shopping centres located in York Region include:

HEALTH

There are currently three hospitals within the Municipality of York including:

All three hospitals are part of the Local Health Intergration Network (LHIN) Hospital Partnerships.

During the summer of 2011, Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital is proposed and approved by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Deb Matthews, to be constructed. The hospital site is proposed within the City of Vaughan at Major Mackenzie Drive on the east side of Highway 400. Current plans include a new $80 million building.

TransportationEdit

The arterial road network in York Region is a grid, with most roads running north-south or east-west. This was done under the orders of British surveyor Augustus Jones during the 1790s. York Region assigned approximately 50 roads as York Regional Routes, meaning that the cost of maintaining of these roads is paid for by York Region.

The major highways in the Region are:

Former highways include:

Air transportationEdit

Most air travel is served by Toronto-Pearson Airport, Canada's largest airport. Buttonville Municipal Airport is a regional airport in Markham, used for general aviation and business aircraft. There are also a few unpaved airports serving the region. Hare Field is located in Holland Landing (East Gwillimbury) and Belhaven Airport is located in Georgina.

Public transportationEdit

Map of York Region and the municipalities it includes. York Region is served by:

Until 2001, the towns of York Region operated separate public transit services, which did not connect very well with each other. YRT was created by the Regional Government to combine five of these services:

Since 2001, bus routes have been extensively enhanced in the five communities which had pre-existing services, but YRT's services to East Gwillimbury is limited to two routes, and service to King, Georgina and Whitchurch-Stouffville are even more limited due to the relatively sparse populations in each of those towns.

York Region's Latest ActivityEdit

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