Markham 360 E-Newsletter EP. 18  |  March 16, 2023      

Access Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at
York Regional Council:
Recap of 2023 Budget Public Consultation Meeting (March 9) 
  • Proposed 2023 Capital Budget: $223.9M
  • Proposed 2023 Operating Budget: $444.0M
Impact of Province's More Homes Built Faster Act, Bill 23
  • Development Charges (DC) Reduction 
  • Parkland dedication/cash in lieu reduction
  • Reduction in DC funding for staffing related to studies
  • Total Annual Shortfall of $ 136,100,000 in Capital budget.
  • The financial burden will fall on the property tax base without other funding sources to make up this shortfall.
Impact on Average Residential Property 
  • Assessment and Property Taxes, 2023 Residential Property Tax Distribution: 
    City of Markham: 24.2%
    York Region: 52.1%
    Provincial Education: 23.7%
  • 5% tax increase for 2023, including a 2% provision for the impacts of Bill 23.
  • The average increase in property taxes will be $64.75 for the current average value of the house and condo of $829,995.
  • Comparison of 18-Year Average Tax Rate Increase (2006-2023): 2.24%, still one of lowest in GTA cities.
  • Including a 5% increase in the City of Markham ($64.75), a 3.9% increase in York Region($108.13), and a 3.8% increase in Water & wastewater fee ($36.94), the average increase in property taxes will be $209.82

Next Steps:
• Council Decision: March/April - TBD, 2023*
• Press Conference: March/April - TBD, 2023*
*Subject to change and will be communicated accordingly
Learn more: City of Markham
As you may know, recent earthquakes have struck Türkiye and Syria, leaving many families without homes and basic necessities. In response to this crisis, Markham Mayor and I are organizing a fundraiser event to raise money for earthquake relief efforts in these countries. 
All proceeds will go towards providing aid and support to those affected by the earthquakes. We believe that every contribution, no matter how small, can make a significant impact in the lives of those who are struggling in the aftermath of this disaster.  
Thank you for your support and generosity.
Donation Link: Canadian Red Cross 
-City of Markham News-
Markham Civic Centre’s outdoor refrigerated ice rink is expected to remain open until Sun. Mar. 19, pending weather conditions. Our other outdoor ice rinks at parks are now closed for the season.
Check the status before you go:
Please be advised that 11th Concession will be closed, from 14th Ave to York-Durham Line, on Monday, Mar 20th, for a film shoot.
Questions concerning this event may be sent to:
Email address:    
Phone number: 905-475-4714
Reminder: Please stay off Markham’s ponds, stormwater ponds and waterways, as the ice is unpredictable and unsafe.
For more information on Markham’s outdoor ice rinks, hours of operation and ice conditions, visit
When it comes to our high school completion rate of 97% – Markham is a leader within the World Council City Data
& global network of 100+ cities!
There are only 2 WEEKS LEFT to apply for the Wallace Joyce $1000 Scholarship for students in York Region!
Apply now before it’s TOO LATE!
For requirements and eligibility, please visit:
The deadline is Friday, March 31, 2023.
How satisfied are you with MPL? We would like to hear from you and learn more about your needs, ideas and thoughts. Complete our Customer Satisfaction Survey for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.
We’re taking big steps to improve the trail network in Markham’s downtown!
Come learn about our Markham Centre Trails Master Plan and share your feedback at our second Public Open House.
Wednesday, March 22 6 to 8 PM Markham Civic Centre – Great Hall
Have you ever thought of starting a side hustle?
There’s no time like this summer! If you’re a student between 15 and 29 in Markham, you can get professional hands-on training and mentorship, as well as $3,000 to help get your business started!

A change is proposed for lands municipally known as 8127 & 8149 Yonge Street. The City of Markham received complete Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications, submitted by Malone Given Parsons c/o DRC (Markham) Inc – 8127-8149 Yonge St on August 23, 2022. 


For residents who live within 200 metres of the property are being invited to participate in the review process.


Tell us what you think

A Public Meeting to consider the applicant’s proposal for the subject property will take place on:


Date: March 28, 2023

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Members of the Development Services Committee and the public have the option to attend either in person in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre or remotely via Zoom.


All meetings are video and audio streamed on the City’s website at: 

Help keep our children safe & provide a valuable service to your community.
Staffing Services Inc. is hiring for school crossing guards in Markham.
This paid part-time position covers a morning & afternoon shift during the school year. Apply now: 905-737-1600
City of Markham Current Opening Position: 
New Job Positions:
  • Project Manager – Transportation (2 positions available)
  • Aquatics Day Supervisor
  • Sensory Room Convenor – Aaniin Community Centre
  • Aquatic Leadership Conductor
  • Temporary Labourer - Roads
New Summer Student Opportunities: 
  • Camp Counsellor – Recreation – Summer Camp
  • Summer Student - Full-time General Maintenance- Markham Museum
For more information & job position
If you have any municipal inquiry or concern, you can send an email to our Contact Centre at or call 905.477.5530. 
-York Region News-

York Regional Police wants to enlist your help in the fight against crime. 


Join members of York Regional Police #2 District (Richmond Hill & Thornhill) or #5 District (MarkhamStouffville) command and officers from the Community Services Bureau at this crime prevention session for residents.


Attendees will learn about developing a neighbourhood watch, how and when to report a crime, tips for when you are on vacation, looking out for your neighbours and community chat groups.


For YRP #2 District (Richmond Hill & Thornhill) - Register here

Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.



For YRP # 5 District (Markham & Stouffville) -Register here

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

York Region has approved the $3.96 billion 2023 Regional budget and three-year outlook. Check out the February 2023 Council meeting highlights below.
The next Regional Council meeting will be 9 a.m. on March 23, 2023.

Recreation programs are a great way for kids to have fun, make new friends and keep active! York Region offers subsidies to eligible families for swimming, dance, virtual classes and more! Applications for spring 2023 are now being accepted.


Learn more at

You can still provide input on the Traveller Safety Plan?
Visit for a recording of our Feb. 28 virtual session, along with a summary of questions and answers.
We all have a role to play in Road Safety When it's dark or the weather is poor, pedestrians have reduced visibility & are at greater risk. Motorists slow down & watch closely for travellers. Pedestrians wear bright clothing & cross at designated crosswalks. Learn more:
Are you a doctor, nurse or midwife with patients who could use support during pregnancy or early parenthood? 
York Region offers free access to myStrength to help them adjust to parenthood.
Invite your patients to sign up today at

Hey teachers, want to get your students excited about the environment? Take part in the York Region Envirothon - a one-day eco-challenge in the forest.


Register by March 31, 2023.

If you have any regional inquiry or concern, you can send an email to Access York at or call 877.464.9675.
Regional Councillor Alan Ho
City of Markham
Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
Email: / Tel: (905)-948-5112
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