- Markham 360 E-Newsletter EP. 60 |  January 05, 2024 -
Access City of Markham Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at markham.ca
York Regional Council at

York Region moves ahead with $4.2 billion 2024 budget
York Regional Council approved the $4.2 billion budget for 2024, which includes a tax levy increase of 2.75% and a 1% Rapid Transit / Infrastructure levy. Regional Council also endorsed the outlook for the remaining two years of the current multi-year budget: 2.60% and a continuation of the 1% Rapid Transit / Infrastructure levy in both 2025 and 2026.

The $4.2 billion budget is comprised of $3.2 billion in operating costs and $1 billion in capital expenditures, with 82 cents of every Regional property tax dollar funding program and service delivery.


York Region's multi-year budget aligns with the Region’s Strategic Plan, emphasizing priorities during Council's four-year term. The budget supports these priorities, with each department using it to guide spending.


For more information: http://www.york.ca/budget

Due to the increasing break-and-enter incidents, car thefts, and carjacking cases recently, Regional Councillor Alan Ho requested the York Regional Police to update the installation of cameras at major intersections to monitor and record the passing of cars for further investigations should there be crime take place at the York Regional meeting held on December 7.


The York Regional Police Chief has agreed to initiate a pilot program and will discuss with the Privacy Commissioner to address the privacy issue.


More details will be communicated shortly. Please provide your feedback to alan.ho@markham.ca

- Public Meeting Notices - 
-South-West corner of 14th Avenue and Donald Cousens Parkway
-Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at 7pm. 
-Council Chambers at the Civic Centre or remotely via Zoom.
 All meetings are video and audio streamed on the City of Markham’s website at:https://pub-markham.escribemeetings.com/ 
-City of Markham News-
Curbside collection for real Christmas trees is from January 2 to 12, 2024.
Remove plastic bags, decorations, tinsel and stand.
 Do not place on top of snowbanks. Set out by 7 AM. Find your regular collection day: http://markham.ca/CollectionSchedule

The City of Markham's 2024 Recycling and Garbage Collection Schedule is available online.


Check your schedule at markham.ca/collectionschedule, remember to sign up for weekly reminders and collection alerts!


Are you wondering What Goes Where?


Learn how to handle your unwanted items with Markham’s online waste sorting tool.Access at markham.ca/whatgoeswhere or download the Markham Mobile app available on the Apple App store or Google Play. If we don’t have your item listed, let us know with the suggestion link on the webpage.


Heavy snowfall and gusty winds can make curbside collection difficult and dangerous. Make sure waste containers are accessible and kept back from the roadway to help with snow-clearing efforts.
For more helpful winter tips visit: http://markham.ca/recycling

Check out this cute "All About Winter" diorama made by our Aaniin staff.


What's your favourite winter activity? Hot chocolates, books, skating, sledding, snowboarding or maybe even curling?


No matter what you like, make reading part of your winter fun. 

Planning a night-time walk during the winter months? Remember, it’s darker earlier. It’s harder for drivers to see you. Wear reflective clothing, stay on sidewalks and use a flashlight on your bike. http://markham.ca/WalkingAndCycling
City of Markham Current Opening Position: 
New Job Positions:
  • Building Inspector II – Mechanical System Specialist
  • Museum Camp Director – Summer Camps
  • Museum Camp Supervisor – Summer Camps
  • Swim Instructor
  • Lifeguard
  • Aquatics Assistant (formerly Deck Attendant)
  • Specialty Fitness Instructor - Cycle, Muscle Conditioning, Step
  • Yoga Instructor - Thornhill Community Centre
  • Zumba Instructor - Thornhill Community Centre
For more information & job position
If you have any municipal inquiry or concern, you can send an email to our Contact Centre at customerservice@markham.ca or call 905.477.5530. 
-York Region News-

Skip the line, report online. Self-reportable collisions occurring in Markham and Whitchurch-Stouffville can now be reported through our Virtual Collision Reporting portal. Report anywhere, any time from your computer or phone.


Find details at http://yrp.ca/CollisionReport.

The YRP Auto Cargo Theft Unit, with help from the Canada Border and Équité Association, has recovered 25 stolen vehicles valued at $2.2 million.
The vehicles had been reported stolen from all across the GTA. Six people have been charged.
More info here: https://bit.ly/41Hex8i

Reminder! With YRT’s new Fare Capping Program, monthly passes will no longer be sold.


Visit http://yrt.ca/FareCapping to learn how you can ride more and pay less with YRT!

Effective Sunday, January 7, Route 98E – Yonge (Limited Express) will be discontinued to match service levels with ridership demand on Yonge Street. Customers may continue to use Viva blue, Route 98 – Yonge and Route 99 – Yonge.
Visit http://yrt.ca/PlanYourTrip for schedules.

York Region has completed a municipal class Environmental Assessment Study for improvements to Kennedy Road from Major Mackenzie Drive to Elgin Mills Road in the City of Markham. 


The ESR will be available for review and download at york.ca/WardenKennedyStudy beginning Thursday, December 14, 2023 for a 45-day review period. 


If you have any regional inquiry or concern, you can send an email to Access York at accessyork@york.ca or call 877.464.9675.
-Notice of Regional Road Construction-

Current Projects

Highway 404 Road Crossing North of 16th Avenue
Construction of a new bridge over Highway 404 to link Orlando Avenue with Markland Street
Construction starts: Summer 2023

Future Projects

16th Avenue from Leslie Street to Warden Avenue
Road widening from four to six lanes 
Construction starts: 2025


Ninth Line from Steeles Avenue to Fieldside Street
Road widening from two to four lanes
Construction starts: 2025


Kennedy Road from North of Highway 407 to Highway 7
Road widening to accommodate Bus Rapid Transit facilities
Construction starts: 2026

For general inquiries, please contact York Region Transportation, Public Works, Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75000 or Email: transportation@york.ca
For more information: york.ca/roadconstruction
-In The Community-
Thanks to Julie and Ken for their invitation to attend my first celebration gala in 2024. Wish Halibut House another successful year in 2024 and many years to come.
Speeding is an ongoing issue I have been working hard to tackle, and I continue to partner with York Regional Police (YRP) to deter this behaviour. 
In addition, my office has “slow down” signs. If you are interested, kindly contact me at alan.ho@markham.ca.
-Event Information-

Date: February 13, 2024

Time: 10 AM to 12 PM

Location: Online (Microsoft Teams)

Price: Free

Date: February 15, 2024

Time: 10 AM to 12 PM

Location: Online (Microsoft Teams)

Price: Free



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Regional Councillor Alan Ho
-Chair, Culture & Economic Development Committee (City of Markham)
-Chair, Markham Subcommittee (City of Markham)
-Director, Housing York Inc. Board (York Region)
-Member, Audit Committee (York Region)
-Member, Accessibility Advisory Committee (York Region)
City of Markham
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