BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION IN YORK REGION
York Region’s building, construction, and real estate sector is a thriving multi-billion dollar sector with mass transit infrastructure investments including the Toronto-York subway extension to Vaughan, and the Yonge subway extension coming to Richmond Hill.
The Region’s total construction values for 2022 were over $4.2 billion and as part of that the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) construction values totaled over $1.7 billion; making it the second largest value in Ontario and fifth largest in Canada.
Many of Canada’s leading construction, infrastructure, engineering, and real estate development companies call York Region home, including Brookfield, Condrain, Flato, Greenpark, Liberty Development, Miller Group, Remington, SmartCentres, to name a few. We’re also home to the Canadian headquarters and major office locations of leading consulting engineering firms such as AECOM, Associated Engineering, Black & Macdonald, GHD, Morrison Hershfield, Stantec, WSP, and WorleyParsons.
By 2051, York Region’s population is anticipated to grow to over 2 million people and the economy will be supporting almost 1 million local jobs. Much of York Region’s growth is allocated to four regional centres: Markham Centre, Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC), Newmarket Centre, and Richmond Hill/Langstaff Gateway Centre.
These master-planned, mixed-use communities offer residents and businesses an opportunity to live and work in areas focused on walk-ability and access to transit through our two regional corridors: Yonge Street and Highway 7.
Corridors include major transit station areas and lands along Yonge Street, Highway 7, Davis Drive and Green Lane.
The Regional Centres and Corridors connect communities and combine pedestrian-friendly, walkable communities with access to transit, jobs, and the Greater Toronto Area.
York Region has undergone a multi-billion-dollar investment from all levels of government for major public infrastructure investments in transit, highway, and broadband projects to support local economic and population growth.
As York Region continues to grow, these infrastructure investment priorities provide sustainable travel options to major business hubs, higher learning institutions, major healthcare centres and other destinations.
TORONTO-YORK SPADINA SUBWAY
Running north from Sheppard West Station to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre at Highway 7, the Toronto-York Spadina Subway extended the TTC’s Line 1 by 8.6 kilometers and six new stations – the first extension outside the City of Toronto. This extension opened for service in December 2017.
YONGE NORTH SUBWAY EXTENSION
The Yonge North Subway Extension will transform the commute in York Region, Toronto and beyond by extending the TTC’s Line 1 service north from Finch Station to Vaughan, Markham and Richmond Hill. The latest plans propose five stations along an extension of 8 kilometres (approximately 5.9 kilometres in York Region). The development of this line is currently in the phase of sourcing contractors.
REGIONAL BUS RAPID TRANSIT
In 2022, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation completed 34 kilometres of dedicated bus rapid transit lanes and 38 vivaNext Bus Rapid Transit stations on Highway 7, Yonge Street, and Davis Drive.
METROLINX GO TRANSIT
GO Transit is Ontario’s commuter rail service. Metrolinx service expansion is underway to provide service in both directions with more frequent trips connecting the communities in York Region with Toronto.