Markham 360 E-Newsletter EP. 20  |  March 30, 2023      

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On March 24, thanks to Honorary Chair Mayor Frank Scarpitti, together we hosted a successful fundraising event named "Markham's Helping Hands Turkiye & Syria Earthquake Relief " at Xinfilx Media, totalling $120,000 in support of earthquake relief efforts.  


This devastating earthquake that struck Turkiye and Syria in February 2023 has left thousands of families without homes or food. Many of them have lost loved ones, and their lives have been forever changed. 


I’m humbled to see the continued support of our community for this cause. Their kindness has shown that even in the face of disaster, we can unite as a community and positively impact the world.


 “We don't have a large Turkish and Syrian community here in the city of Markham, but numbers aren't what motivates us; compassion is what motivates us, so I think Markham's Helping Hands reflect the spirit of Markham.” Mayor Frank Scarpitti said.


Mayor Scarpitti and I expressed our gratitude to all who attended the event and the many donors who generously supported this worthy cause. 


A big thank you to the CTCCO, who helped raise additional $40,000 two days later, making the total amount raised exceed $160,000.

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-
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
Markham City Council approved its Housing Pledge, Housing Pledge with a Promise, as requested by the Province of Ontario. The Province has a goal of achieving 1.5 million new housing units by 2031 and has targeted 44,000 new units for Markham.
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
Join Service Canada at the Milliken Mills library to learn about financial programs and services for Seniors and their caregivers.
April 05, 2023 - 10:30 AM
Please be advised the following roads will be closed (see dates below) for a Storm and Watermain Rehabilitation Program. One lane for Local access for residents and Emergency Vehicles will be maintained at all times.
Questions concerning this event may be sent to:Email address:    Phone number: 905-475-4714
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! Submit by April 30, 2023
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.
Entries must be submitted by May 1, 2023.
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. 
City of Markham Current Opening Position: 
New Job Positions:
  • Seasonal General Labourer – Forestry
  • Customer Service / Information Services Attendant – Thornhill
  • Licensed Fleet Technician - Temporary 6 months
  • Museum Educational Program Instructor – Science and Technology
  • Museum Program Instructor
  • Drop in Music Convenor
  • Event Staff – Markham Museum
  • Facility Maintenance Attendant II - CITY WIDE
  • Marketing and Box Office Assistant – Flato Markham Theatre
  • Senior Manager, Engineering Review
  • Facility Maintenance Attendant I - CITY WIDE
New Summer Student Opportunities: 
  • Summer Student – Full-time General Maintenance – Markham Museum
For more information & job position
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
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-
The next Regional Council meeting will be 9 a.m. on April 27, 2023.

Get ready for the 2023  Pause To Play Challenge! Let’s get kids to trade in their screen time for outdoor fun. Mindful Screen Time is all about balance.


Register your class today! Learn more at 

Want to save money on your water bill while reducing water waste?
Learn how detecting water leaks can help you save! 
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.
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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