- Markham 360 E-Newsletter EP. 25  |  May 05, 2023 -
Access Council & Committee Meetings and view a list of Proclamations at markham.ca
York Regional Council:
Check out the April 2023 Council meeting highlights where York Region received updates on population & development growth. Council also approved road and transit investments and an updated framework to support newcomers.

Highlights from the Growth and Development Review 2022:

  • Total population growth of 11,300 people in 2022 to 1,239,500 residents, a 0.9% increase over 2021
  • A $4.3 billion estimated construction value for all sectors
  • A 4.9% increase in non-residential building permit construction value, reaching a 20-year high of $1.7 billion
  • A total residential construction value of $2.6 billion, which remains aligned with the Region’s 10-year average
  • 5,264 homes completed in 2022, comprised of 39% apartments, 38% single detached and 23% semi-detached and townhomes 
  • A continued increase in resale home prices with a 42% in the total number of resale units, demonstrating a shift in York Region’s housing market
  • A 24% increase in development charger collected, the highest level collected in the last five years
Next York Regional Council will meet on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at 9 a.m. in the York Region Administrative Centre Council Chambers, located at 17250 Yonge Street in the Town of Newmarket. The meeting will be streamed on: york.ca/live
This May, we celebrate Asian, Jewish, and South Asian Heritage Month.

The City of Markham is one of Canada’s most diverse cities. We are proud of our rich history and our diversity. 


Learn our Diversity Action Plan: markham.ca

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 Coronation of King Charles III and The Queen Consort will take place at Westminster Abbey on May 6. We invite members of the public to share messages of congratulations in our virtual guestbook.


Sign here: http://bit.ly/3AQkPpt.

Keep harmful electronics out of landfill! Drop off for responsible recycling at this weekend’s eWaste drop off event.


May 6 and 7 from 8AM to 4PM at Centennial Community Centre:

8600 McCowan Road


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

Markham residents looking to make their property greener can benefit from our partnership with the Regional Municipality of York that offers discounted trees through LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests).


Learn more: http://bit.ly/3NL5BKh

Emergencies happen. Severe weather happens. Power outages happen. Are you prepared? Learn how to be prepared at Markham’s Emergency Preparedness Expo.


Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 10 AM to 3 PM Milliken Mills Community Centre (7600 Kennedy Road)


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

Don’t miss our free wood chip mulch giveaway!


Starting May 8, bring your own shovel & container to pick-up mulch to help beautify your garden & trees.


The giveaway is for Markham residential use only. Please be mindful of how much mulch you take.


Mulch will be made available starting Monday, May 8, 2023 at parking lots at these locations. 

Learn more: markham.ca/KeepMarkhamBeautiful

The legacy OverDrive app will be discontinued on May 1, and you’ll need to switch to Libby, OverDrive’s newer reading app. It’s easy to use and full of fun features.


Download the Libby app from your app store.

The City of Markham has undertaken a comprehensive review of its Zoning By-laws and existing zoning framework.

Markham has 46 different ‘parent’ Zoning By-laws applying to different geographic areas of the City. These parent Zoning By-laws were enacted between 1954 and 2004. The City’s By-laws require updating to be consistent with the City’s 2014 Official Plan, the Regional Municipality of York’s Official Plan, Provincial plans and policies, and the Planning Act


The City is required to hold a Statutory Public Meeting prior to passing the By-law. This meeting has now been scheduled to be held on Tuesday May 9, 2023 at 7pm.  It will be a Hybrid/In-Person meeting however; Staff will be in attendance at the Civic Centre to present the By-law, receive input and answer questions.


All meetings are video and audio streamed on the City’s website at: Streaming Link
Members of the public who wish to speak at the Public Meeting through a deputation may do so by:

• completing the Request to Speak form at Request to Speak

• emailing the Clerk’s Office at notifications@markham.ca

• calling 905.479.7760 prior to the meeting

Learn More: yourvoicemarkham.ca/

Congratulations to our Operations team and Visual Defence, who took home 1st place in the PEO York Chapter Project of the Year Award (Medium Categories) for Better Road Practices Using AI.


Learn more: https://bit.ly/3HGEBaH

Join us for the grand opening of the Markham Centre Trails on Sat. May 13, 2023 at Birchmount Rd. & Rougeside Promenade (south of Highway 7) from 10 AM to Noon.


There will be free activities, including face painting, an ice cream truck and much more! http://markham.ca/TrailGrandOpening

A reminder to dog owners to stoop and scoop! Please pick up after your pet and dispose of pet waste in the green bin at home. Help keep Markham beautiful!


Learn more: http://ow.ly/61Xy50O8HSb

The City of Markham, in partnership with Ryobi and Home Depot Canada are working together to Clear the Air!


Until May 21, 2023, drop off your old gas-powered or electric lawn mower to any Depot (see link below for locations and hours) and receive an instant rebate for $50 off the purchase of a select RYOBI™ lawn mower. As an added bonus, eligible purchases will receive a Ryobi outdoor tool for free! (valued up to $300, battery not included).


86% of residents agree roads are in good condition. Learn more about our 2022 Citizen Satisfaction


 Are you a student looking to stay fit over the summer? Join Markham's fitness family and unlock more benefits than your average gym membership.


Sign up for our Student Summer Fitness Membership now! The term applies 


Learn more: markham.ca/Fitness

Did you receive a parking ticket? Pay securely online, by phone, or by mail (check or money order only)
You can also dispute a ticket within 15 days from the date of issuance Reminder, we are not accepting in-person payments at this time.
City of Markham Current Opening Position: 
New Job Positions:
  • Cash Management Coordinator
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Project Manager – Transportation (2 positions available)
  • Temporary Labourer - Roads
  • Business Licensing Officer
  • Tree Preservation Administrator
  • Aquatics Day Supervisor (Fall 2023)
  • Deck Attendant – Fall 2023
  • Lifeguard - Fall 2023
  • Swim Instructor - Fall 2023
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.
Earn Up to $20/hr plus bonuses!
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 customerservice@markham.ca or call 905.477.5530. 
-York Region News-

Speed limit reductions at 10 locations across York Region will increase traveller safety.


York Regional Council approved reducing speed limits at 10 locations on various Regional roads. Reductions include:


McCowan Road from 945 metres north of Major Mackenzie Drive East to Stouffville Road in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and City of Markham – 80 km/hr to 70 km/hr


Kennedy Road from 300 metres north of Major Mackenzie Drive East to 150 metres south of Stouffville Road in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and City of Markham – 80 km/hr to 70 km/hr


Warden Avenue from Heritage Hill Drive to Stouffville Road in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and City of Markham – 80 km/hr to 70 km/hr


Woodbine Avenue from 478 metres south of 19th Avenue to Stouffville Road in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and City of Markham – 80 km/hr to 70 km/hr


Ninth Line from 150 metres north of 16th Avenue to 200 metres north of Donald Cousens Parkway in the City of Markham – 70 km/hr to 60 km/hr


Stouffville Road from Woodbine Avenue to 700 metres west of Highway 48 in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville – 80 km/hr to 70 km/hr


The Queensway South from 80 metres south of Joe Dales Drive/McMillan Drive to Glenwoods Avenue in the Town of Georgina – 60 km/hr to 50 km/hr


Weir’s Sideroad from 400 metres north of Ravenshoe Road to Old Homestead Road in the Town of Georgina – 80 km/hr to 70 km/hr


Lloydtown-Aurora Road from 1 kilometre east of 8th Concession to 400 metres east of 8th Concession in the Township of King – 80 km/hr to 60 km/hr


Lloydtown-Aurora Road from 400 metres east of 8th Concession Road to Highway 27 in the Township of King – 80 km/hr to 70 km/hr

York Region continues to grow? York Region's growing population, building permits and development activity can be seen in the annual Growth and Development review.
Find out more: york.ca

York Regional Police is reminding residents about the dangers of opioids after a spike in fentanyl-related overdoses in the past week.


Fentanyl is a potent opioid that can be prescribed by a physician or obtained through an unregulated, toxic supply. Fentanyl and its analogues are trafficked and sold in many forms, including patch, powder, pill and liquid. “Street” drugs can be contaminated with fentanyl, making them more potent and increasing the risk of overdose. Overdoses are preventable. 


Learn about the signs and symptoms and always call 911 immediately if you think someone is overdosing, whether or not naloxone is used.


Visit york.ca/opioids for more information. 

York Region’s business community continues to thrive as the Economic Development Action plan focuses on recovery and growth.
Read about the past year’s highlights as action items are at 90% completion: york.ca

Regional Council received an update on York Region Transit’s (YRT) 2022 system performance, highlighting continued reliability throughout changing travel patterns and increasing travel demand.

In 2022, YRT continued to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic with revenue ridership increasing to 15.5 million in 2022 compared to 9.4 million in 2021. Ridership is expected to continue to rise and return to pre-pandemic levels of 22.3 million over the next several years.

Enhancements to YRT in 2022 included:

  • Refurbishing 48 buses through asset management programs
  • Replacing 63 concrete bus stop pads, installing 21 new pads, upgrading 11 bus shelters and installing 22 new shelters throughout the Region
  • Adding two new electric buses into service in support of the Transit Bus Fleet Electrification Plan, converting all YRT buses to zero-emission technology by 2047
  • Opening of Cornell Bus Terminal and Major Mackenzie West Terminal
  • Piloting solar-powered technology for passenger information screens
  • Continuing to advance the Yonge North Subway Extension into York Region and associated transit-oriented communities
Let us know your thoughts on transit service changes planned for next year!  
From May 1 - May 31, Visit http://yrt.ca/TransitPlan to share your feedback.

Are you part of a non-profit group with a brilliant idea to reduce waste? York Region is offering up to $25,000 to eligible projects that support circular economy.


Apply by 11:59 pm on May 29, 2023, at http://york.ca/circulareconomyfund

May is Rabies Awareness Month. It’s great to get outside and enjoy the weather, but remember to avoid contact with wild animals. Never feed, handle, or relocate wildlife.
Visit http://york.ca/rabies for more information.
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.
-Community Event-

May is Museum Month! Please celebrate with us on social media throughout the month, and be sure to visit our 25-acre site and exhibit spaces!


Plan your Visit at http://MarkhamMuseum.ca

Jane’s Walk is back in Markham! Join us on May 6 for a community-led walking tour in our very own city. 


Take a stroll through two of Markham’s most iconic neighbourhoods: Unionville Historic District and Thornhill Village. Find out more at http://markham.ca/JanesWalk

MPL is excited to announce the launch of its revitalized Black Heritage Collection! Join us at Milliken Mills Library on May 6th to celebrate this significant milestone. 


More info & to register: http://ow.ly/y2Fo50NVg6g

Pomona Mills Park Conservationists invites you to join:
Community Wildflower Planting
Thursday, May 11, 2023
5 PM - 7 PM, Thornhill Meadow
-For more information, please contact
Valerie Burke:
About Pomona Mills Park Conservationists: https://www.thornhillwardone.com/index.php

Join us on Sat, May 13 from 9 am to 1 pm to help clean up the York Regional Forest. Supplies including gloves, litter grabbers/tongs, bags, hand sanitizer & safety vests will be available & light refreshments will be provided following the event: york.ca/forestevents

Join York Region and YRP for a fun day for the whole family at the annual Police and Emergency Preparedness Week Open House.
Activities include:
✔️Rides in a mini-firetruck
✔️Police motorcycle demonstrations
✔️Arts and crafts for kids
May 13, 10 AM - 2 PM
Community Safety Village
3291 Stouffville Road, Whitchurch-Stouffville

Join YRP's Asian Heritage Month event as we celebrate the rich history and many achievements of Canadians of Asian descent.


We will have amazing performances, delicious food and inspiring speakers.

Everyone is welcome!


Saturday, May 27, 2023 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Address: 47 Don Hillock Drive, Aurora, ON L4G 0S7


Register Here: yrp.ca

Family Fun Day is just one month away. Celebrate National Public Works Week with interactive displays, trucks and equipment, activities and a barbeque in support of local charities.
Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 90 Bales Dr. E., East Gwillimbury
If you want to include your community event in Regional Councillor Alan Ho's weekly E-newsletter, please share it with our office at sxie@markham.ca
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: alan.ho@markham.ca / Tel: (905)-948-5112
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