1 pixel 1 empty pixel


Dignitaries celebrate the final beam.

York University’s new Markham campus marks ‘topping out’ milestone with ceremony

Markham mayor Frank Scarpitti congratulated on York University for this latest milestone, “The new campus will complement our growing downtown with its beautifully designed architecture and inviting entrance. We look forward to the official opening in 2024.”
York Region Year In Review Banner

2021 Year In Review // York Region Economic Development

On behalf of York Region Economic Strategy, I am pleased to present the 2021 Economic
Development Year in Review. This is an overview of economic development activities undertaken this past year, highlights of business news from across the Region, and important economic indicators showing the strength and resilience of our business community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is a decorative photo blvd

Markham and York University Celebrate Milestone With Newly Named University Boulevard

Together with YSpace, the Markham Small Business Centre, the City’s Economic Development initiatives, and technology companies already based in Markham, this new campus will help foster innovation and entrepreneurship in Markham and the Regional Municipality of York. It will also attract more skilled, diverse talent to study, work and settle in York Region.
This is a decorative photo subway

Ontario and Canada Announce Advanced Plans for Yonge North Subway Extension into York Region

“Public transit is at the heart of a clean, inclusive recovery. As a part of the largest investment in public transit in the GTA’s history, the Government of Canada is investing up to $2.24 billion in the Yonge North Subway extension, helping to kickstart our economy and create thousands of jobs,” said Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
This is a decorative photo tower skyline

York Region Continues to Grow Upwards – There are Over 48 Construction Cranes Across the Region, 2nd Only to Toronto in the GTA

UrbanToronto holds within it an amazing, up-to-date, photographic catalogue of construction sites, crowdsourced through the efforts of our many contributing members… so the first question was, could we find all 208 cranes that RLB counted in reasonably current photos of cranes posted to our Buildings threads, covering construction sites in Toronto and across the Greater Toronto Area?
Collage of 4 young professionals

Looking For A Place To Grow As A Young Professional?

From the dynamic core of Markham, the vibrancy of Newmarket, the greenspaces of Richmond Hill, to the commuter ease of Vaughan, these communities are perfect for developing roots for your future.
Yonge Subway Extension

York Region Welcomes Progress for Yonge North Subway Extension Project

Today, the Province of Ontario, through Metrolinx, released the Yonge North Subway Extension Initial Business Case, advancing the project to the next stage of preliminary engineering and design.
Yonge Subway Extension

Ontario Continues to Move Forward with Yonge North Subway Extension

The Ontario government is moving to the next stage of planning for the Yonge North Subway Extension as part of its commitment to build a modern and reliable transit system for the Greater Toronto Area.
2020 and confetti

2020 Look Back: Our Top 15 York Region Business Community News Stories

2020 was a challenging year for the business community, but there were still moments worth celebrating. Check out our Top 15 list.
VMC showing PwC building at dusk

SmartCentres Redeveloping Vaughan Property into Mixed-Use High-Density ‘Crown Jewel’

SmartVMC, the massive 100-acre development at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre located at Highways 7 and 400 near Toronto, is the crown jewel of SmartCentres REIT’s evolution ‘from shopping centres to city centres’. Redevelopment in the area will result in the creation of a vibrant new downtown Vaughan which will be a centre of culture, recreation, commerce, open spaces, and urban life.
Artist rendering of condo development in Vaughan

Unprecedented Growth Reshaping Vaughan Metropolitan Centre’s Guiding Principles

Vaughan has lived up to its upgrade in status with booming population growth and the nascent urbanization of its core. The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) area has become the centrepiece of Vaughan’s metamorphosis, with the 2017-opened VMC subway station and a glittering new skyline being the jewels in this crown..
Vaughan Hospital Celebration

Mackenzie Health celebrates substantial completion of new Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital

Vaughan, ON (September 18, 2020) — Mackenzie Health leadership, government officials and project partners celebrated substantial completion of the new Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, the first net new hospital to be built in Ontario in more than 30 years.
York U Markham campus

Ontario Announces Support for York University's New Markham Centre Campus

MARKHAM — The Ontario government announced support for York University’s new Markham Centre Campus, the first publicly assisted university in York Region. This new campus expansion is the first project proceeding under the government’s updated Major Capacity Expansion Policy Framework.
York Region stage 3 logo

York Region Enters Stage 3 of Re-opening

The Provincial government has given York Region approval to enter Stage 3 of re-opening but what exactly does that mean?
This is a decorative photo transit crane

Another Construction Milestone Surpassed in Vaughan as Crane Comes Down at Transit City Condos

It’s been a few weeks since the topping off of the first of the three towers in phase one of the Transit City development at SmartVMC, a nascent master-planned community now growing around the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre subway terminal just north of Toronto.
condo towers in vaughan

Two Towers Top Out at Transit City Complex in Vaughan

The cluster of towers in the nascent Vaughan Metropolitan Centre skyline includes a new focal point, with milestones recently reached in construction of the Transit City complex in SmartCentres’ SmartVMC, a 100-acre master-planned community around the area’s eponymous subway terminal.

Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction During COVID-19

The Ontario government is allowing all retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pickup and delivery, as well as in-store payment and purchases at garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and safety supply stores.

Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program

Small BusinessThe Ontario Government is committing $241 million to partner with the federal government and deliver more than $900 million in urgent relief to small businesses and their landlords through a new program, the Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA).

Smart Growth: SmartVMC, Vaughan, Ontario

VMC renderingJust the promise of a subway station is enough to launch serious development. More than a decade ago, the TTC committed to building a station in Vaughan, at the northern end of Toronto’s University Line extension. This announcement provided the fuel for an enormous development called Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC). The project’s ambition is plainly stated in the name—nothing less than a new urban area in the sprawling suburbs of Vaughan.