- Markham 360 E-Newsletter EP. 64 |  February 02, 2024 -
Access City of Markham Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at markham.ca
York Regional Council:
Live streaming of the public session of Council and Committee of the Whole meetings is available on the day of the meeting from 9 a.m. until the close of the meeting. Past sessions are also available at york.ca/councilandcommittee
York Regional Council Highlights - January 2024

On January 29, 2024, Mayor Frank Scarpitti presented A Strong Markham: Budget 2024 of $590.5M, continuing its proven track record of strong fiscal leadership. This year’s responsible budget acknowledges the challenges our community is facing, while ensuring we continue to deliver excellent quality services that residents and businesses have come to expect both now and into the future.


The budget was designed to reinforce a strong city for both residents and businesses. It includes a property tax rate increase of 2.99%. This represents an increase of $39.98 on the City portion of the tax bill for the average home in Markham. Markham continues to have the lowest average tax rate increase in the GTA over 19 consecutive years.


As part of the City’s ongoing efforts for budget transparency, a Public Meeting has been scheduled for Budget 2024 on February 15 at 7PM.




For more information:https://www.markham.ca/wps/portal/home/news/mayor-frank-scarpitti-tables-budget-2024

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 - 
-35-51 Old Kennedy Road (Plan 23 148834)
-Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 7pm. 
-Council Chambers at the Civic Centre or remotely via Zoom.
-4121 Highway 7 East (Plan 23 129656)
-Tuesday, February 13, 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-

Donations needed! Recently, our partner community, Eabametoong First Nation, suffered a devastating loss to their only elementary school, John C. Yesno Education Centre due to a fire. Please show your support by donating new or excellent condition: basketballs, volleyballs, footballs, soccer balls, baseball gloves, baseballs (no need for additional hockey equipment). Donations accepted at any of our community centres until February 23.


Monetary donations to support education and community support outreach efforts can be made at http://AchievingTheDream.ca.


Thank you for your generosity.

Markham Recreation offers hundreds of exciting, safe, educational, creative and active Summer Camps! Let your child discover the joy of learning while having fun. View programs and activities starting February 1. 
Registration opens February 13. http://markham.ca/SummerCamps

Did you know? Pedestrian Crossovers (PXOs) are a type of traffic control used in Markham to assist pedestrians crossing the street. They prioritize pedestrian accessibility and mobility over the movement of vehicular traffic.


Learn more: http://markham.ca/PXO

We are conducting a traffic calming study along Carlton Rd. between Kennedy Rd. & McCowan Rd. Join us and give your feedback!
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 6–8 PM 
Crosby Memorial Community Centre  (Lamplight Room) - (210 Main St. Unionville)

Skating season is here!

The following outdoor rinks are now open throughout the City of Markham for residents to enjoy:


- Huntington Park 

- Milliken Mills Park

 - Victoria Square Park

- Markham Civic Centre

- Markham Museum


Please note: Milne Dam Park is not yet open due to ice conditions.


The Markham Museum location will be closing at 3 PM the following days.


February 8 to 11, 14 to 19, and 22 to 25.


Remember to always check the status of your local ice rink before heading out for a skate!  


To view the status of our community rinks, visit: http://markham.ca/Skating

Did you know that driveway paving contractors need to be licensed in Markham?

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!

Do you have good condition books or video games that you wish to donate? MPL is accepting donations for our upcoming Big Book Sale in February and could use your help.
Please kindly drop the donations off at the Service Desk of your nearest branch. 
City of Markham Current Opening Position: 
New Job Positions:
  • Waste Operations Assistant - Temporary (11 months)Digital Communications Specialist (2 Year Contract)
  • Summer Student – Tree Preservation (May to August)
  • Summer Student – Sign Remover (May to August) – 4 positions
  • Fitness Specialist – City Wide
  • Summer Aquatics Supervisor
  • Animal Care Officer (Part Time – Up to 24 hours)
  • Building Inspector II – Mechanical System Specialist
  • Forestry Data Collector
  • Taekwondo Instructor – Armadale Community Centre
  • Supervisor, Waterworks
  • Summer Student – Project Management, Strategy & Innovation
  • Summer Student – Community & Corporate Events
  • Summer Student Planner – Commissioner’s Office
  • Summer Student Planner – Policy and Research
  • Summer Student – Engineering, Development Review
  • Summer Student – Parks and Open Space Development Section
  • Summer Student Planner – Transportation Engineering
For more information & job position
Looking for volunteer opportunities this winter?
Head to http://markham.ca/volunteering to get started, or log in to your Better Impact page to check out our available opportunities!
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-

York Region provides clean, safe, reliable drinking water to more than 1.2 million people. Help Protect Our Water by keeping harmful products from entering our groundwater, lakes, rivers and streams.


Learn more at http://york.ca/YourWater

February is Winter Commute Month, have you tried winter cycling?
Visit http://york.ca/SmartCommute and register for the February 6, 2024 lunchtime webinar on winter cycling.

York Region installed a left turn signal for westbound drivers at McCowan Road and Carlton Road/Raymerville.


A left turn signal should improve traffic safety and reduce collisions.


Learn More: https://york.ca/newsroom/news/intersection-safety-improvements-all-road-users

Applications are now open for the YRP Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI) program. If you’re a young person in York Region looking to develop job skills and are interested in a career in policing, apply today.
More information here: https://bit.ly/3Sexvia

Calling all York Region schools! Winter WalkDay is Wed, Feb 7. Register your school at http://ontarioactiveschooltravel.ca/winter-walk-day/… and check out the various resources available to support your event! 

Need to report a motor vehicle collision? Save yourself some time and use Online Collision Reporting. Use the link below to find out if you are eligible to report a collision online.

Connecting with community resources for you and your little ones under 6 years of age can be time consuming and confusing. The Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program helps connect eligible families with info & support.


 See if you qualify - http://york.ca/NurseChat

Slow down and give yourself extra time and space going to your destinations when driving conditions are not optimal.
Stay back a safe distance when following a snow plow. 

York Region's Forest 100 Photo Contest starts January 29. 


Whether you're a pro with the camera or enjoy capturing the beauty of the outdoors, this contest is for everyone! Explore, snap and share your best photos for your chance to win.


Visit http://york.ca/Forest100

Leftovers are an easy way to save time and eat healthy foods. Quick tip: When plating your food, portion smaller amounts and go back for seconds. Uneaten food on your plate goes in the green bin, but uneaten food still in the pot can be saved.
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


Upcoming Projects

14th Avenue from McCowan Road to York Durham Line
Road preservation
Construction starts: 2024


Donald Cousens Parkway from 14th Avenue to Highway 407
Road preservation
Construction starts: 2024


Highway 7 from Ninth Line to Donald Cousens Parkway
Road rehabilitation and intersection improvements
Construction starts: 2024


Highway 7 east of Markham Road
Retaining wall rehabilitation
Construction starts: 2024


Ninth Line from Donald Cousens Parkway to Main Street
Road preservation
Construction starts: 2024

York Durham Line from Steeles Avenue to 14th Avenue 
Road preservation
Construction starts: 2024


Warden Avenue from Elgin Mills Road to Stouffville Road
Road preservation
Construction starts: 2024


Warden Avenue north of 16th Avenue
Culvert rehabilitation
Construction starts: 2024


Woodbine Avenue from Major Makenzie Drive to 19th Avenue
Road preservation
Construction starts: 2024

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-
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.
Join the festivities as we celebrate Unionville Library's 40th birthday! Get ready for a day filled with fun activities like games, time capsule creation, green screen photos, button-making, and more! Let's make memories together and celebrate 40 years of literary joy!
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Markham Museum is proud to host the City of Markham’s first ever Lunar Nights: Year of the Dragon Festival from February 8 to 25
If you want to share information with Regional Councillor Alan Ho's weekly E-newsletter, please contact us at sxie@markham.ca
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)
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