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General Motors Drives Investment and Jobs to York Region in its Largest City

New Automotive Software Development Centre in the City of Markham reinforces Region's position as a global technology hub and creates new jobs

New Automotive Software Development Centre in the City of Markham reinforces Region’s position as a global technology hub and creates new jobs.

Newmarket/Markham – The Regional Municipality of York Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson and Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti congratulated General Motors Canada on today’s announcement to establish a facility in the City of Markham to develop new technologies for its vehicles.

“General Motors’ announcement is very welcome, and not surprising – more and more high-tech firms are selecting York Region for their operations,” said Chairman Emmerson. “Our extensive investments in modern infrastructure, rapid transit, complete communities and economic development make us an extremely attractive location for leading-edge technology firms.”

York Region is one of Canada’s fastest growing communities and home to over half of the top neighbourhoods in Greater Toronto, according to Moneysense magazine. The Region’s high quality of life attracts experienced and highly-educated professionals, including software developers and engineers.

General Motors’ selection reflects the top talent available in York Region’s communities and follows recent business investments in the Region by other major office employers, including Aviva Canada’s new Canadian head office and KPMG Canada’s new regional office. These investments mean thousands of new jobs for the Region, in addition to the investment announced by General Motors.

“We are very proud of Markham’s status as Canada’s high-tech capital and thrilled that the new General Motors’ R&D centre is coming to Markham,” said City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “With over 1,100 high-tech and life sciences companies, our city is an ideal location for this new centre for information technology and automotive innovation.”

The City of Markham has the lowest industrial office commercial tax rate in the Greater Toronto Area and is the most diverse community in Canada. This diversity has attracted highly educated and skilled talent from around the world who choose Markham as their destination city, to live, work and play. Defined by its rich heritage, well-planned communities, high-quality infrastructure, a talented workforce, and a pro-business environment, Markham’s business community includes outstanding companies and organizations providing globally competitive banking, financing, engineering, design, technical and commercialization services.

York Region’s economic development staff has worked in close partnership with the City of Markham and local industry stakeholders to facilitate the attraction of General Motors’ new software development centre. The Region continues to collaborate with its local towns and cities to promote York Region’s unique position in the GTA as a place where talent and opportunity intersect.

For more information about the advantages of doing business in York Region, visit yorklink.ca

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local municipalities and provides a variety of programs and services to almost 1.2 million residents, 50,000 businesses and 580,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices

Markham, an award-winning municipality is one of the most culturally diverse and fast growing cities in the Greater Toronto Region with just over 349,000 people. For more information, visit www.business.markham.ca

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Media Contacts:
The Regional Municipality of York
Michael Swart, Corporate Communications
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71238 Cell: 905-251-6413
Email: michael.swart@york.ca

The City of Markham
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti
Email: fscarpitti@markham.ca
Phone: 905-475-4872

Media inquiries / interview requests:
Dennis Flaherty
Email: dflaherty@markham.ca
Phone: 905-415-7520