Markham 360 E-Newsletter EP. 19  |  March 23, 2023      

Access Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at
York Regional Council:
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 
Wishing you a happy Ramadan!
-City of Markham News-
Spring is around the corner!  Our outdoor ice rinks are now closed for the season. 
Thank you for visiting, and we look forward to seeing you next year.
Coyotes will not bother your pet(s) if a human is nearby. Trouble can happen if your pet is off-leash. 
Avoid trouble and a $430 fine. 
Avian Influenza has been found in geese in Markham.
Although the risk to humans and pets is very low,
be diligent and remember the following: 
· Don’t approach or help sick animals 
· Stay away from dead animals
· Keep your pets on their leash and away from dead or sick wildlife
· Wash your hands with soap
Markham’s Pan Am Centre welcomed 23 countries came and 123 athletes competed in the World Aquatics Artistic Swimming World Cup!
Photo Credit: Antoine Saito/Canada Artistic Swimming
This year’s Many Faces of Markham Contest theme is Your Markham: Allyship in the Fight Against Racism.
There are 4 contest categories: writing, video, artwork and spoken word. Contest is open to youth in Markham between the ages of 4 to 18.
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!
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.
Markham remains committed to protecting & enhancing our national environment - over 30% of our land area is designated for natural protection.
Learn more: 

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: 

With a 47% decrease in energy use in public buildings, Markham doubles down on its commitment to the environment & responsible consumption.
The 2023 Budget is scheduled for approval on April 5 during the 1 to 4:30 PM Council Meeting.
Members of the public are invited to attend at the Markham Civic Centre – Council Chambers or watch online.
View the agenda and livestream the meeting at
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
Learn more: City of Markham
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:
  • Traffic Systems Engineer
  • Small Engine/Equipment Technician
  • Development Technician
  • Project Manager – Transportation (2 positions available)
  • Senior Manager, Engineering Review
  • Facility Maintenance Attendant I - CITY WIDE
New Summer Student Opportunities: 
  • Summer Camp Counsellor – Varley Art Gallery

  • Summer Camp Supervisor/Instructor - Varley Art Gallery
  • Summer Camp Director – Varley Art Gallery
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-

Can you go an hour without power? Join York Region for Earth Hour on Saturday, March 25! We’ll be turning off all non-essential lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.


Make a positive impact on our planet and shine a light on climate change at 

Learn about the 2023 to 2027 Strategic Plan and how it aligns with York Region’s Vision, Mission and Values. Visit

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


Join members of York Regional #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 # 5 District (Markham & Stouffville) -Register here

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

Take charge! Dead or unwanted batteries thrown in the garbage and recycling can cause fires putting people at risk.
Drop them off at a York Region waste depot or other battery collection site.
For drop-off locations, visit
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.
Do you know homemade infant formulas are high-risk for harmful bacteria & not recommended? If you choose to formula feed, remember, only infant formula sold in Canada is a safe alternative to breastmilk.
Watch York Region’s video on how to safely prepare infant formula.

Hey teachers! Register a team of 5 students for the York Region Envirothon.


Interested students in Gr. 9 to 12 can represent their schools in this eco-challenge.


Register at by March 31.

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
Chair of Culture & Economic Development Committee
City of Markham
Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard Markham, Ontario, L3R 9W3
Email: / Tel: (905)-948-5112
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