Welcome to York Region!
York Region is one of the fastest growing regions in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, in 2006, over 43 per cent of our residents were born outside of Canada and spoke more than 60 different languages. York Region's diverse communities are a popular destination for newcomers. We invite you to explore this website and take a closer look at York Region.
About This Website
Newcomers are important to the economic and cultural future of York Region. Our community offers many supports for newcomers. This website provides information and resources to help you make the move to York Region.
Take a look at our website:
Welcome section - information on municipalities in York Region newcomer services, weather in York Region and relevant news or media links.
Living section - information on housing, healthcare, banking, transportation, culture groups & faith communities and recreation.
Working section - information on finding a job, starting a business and volunteer opportunities.
Learning section - information on finding schools, libraries, and learning English
For helpful tools and answers you need about settling in Ontario, visit the Settlement.org website.
About York Region
York Region consists of nine local municipalities. Each local municipality has its own unique qualities and character. From country towns to modern, urban multicultural cities, York Region has something for everyone. Come visit our communities and discover your place in York Region.
- East Gwillimbury
- Richmond Hill
Located 30 minutes north of Toronto, Aurora has a population of over 53,200. The Town is located in the centre of York Region. Aurora is popular with people who want small town friendliness and modern city services. It is an active community situated in charming country surroundings. Aurora has several sporting and cultural facilities, including 500 acres of parkland, trails, championship golf courses, fine dining, theatre and shopping.
East Gwillimbury (www.eastgwillimbury.ca)
The beautiful town of East Gwillimbury is located in the north east area of York Region with a population of about 22,500. Holland Landing, Queensville, River Drive Park, Sharon and Mount Albert are the progressive and growing communities located in this municipality. East Gwillimbury consists of mostly farms, forests and countryside. The town offers a rural lifestyle next to big city services.
Georgina is located along the south-western shores of beautiful Lake Simcoe. It is in the northern part of York Region. With a population of about 43,500, the main communities of Sutton, Keswick and Pefferlaw are separated by wide open spaces, farms and heavily wooded areas. Georgina has a large library system, two live theatres, craft and musical festivals and museums. It is the site of excellent fishing - especially during the winter. The Town of Georgina is known as the "Ice Fishing Capital of the World."
King Township is located in the north-western part of York Region. With a population of about 20,000, this local municipality is made up of a number of small communities scattered throughout the countryside. King Township is famous for its prized cattle, lush vegetation and equestrian farms. Nearly 70% of the land in King Township is situated in the protected area of the Oak Ridges Moraine. The northern part of King Township lies within the Holland Marsh, a very flat, extremely fertile area, which produces much of Canada's vegetable crops.
Markham is the largest local municipality in York Region with a population of over 301,000. Located in the south-eastern part of York Region, it is one of the fastest-growing communities in Canada. Markham is recognized as Canada's High-Tech Capital, with over 900 high-tech and life sciences companies. Although Markham is a municipality that looks forward to the future, it has not forgotten its past. Much of Markham's heritage can be seen in the downtown cores of Unionville and the old town centre of Markham. The new town centre is being built on the concepts of sustainability, protecting the environment, and supporting public transit. The City of Markham also has one of the highest immigrant populations in Canada.
The Town of Newmarket has a population of about 80,000. Newmarket serves as a centre for medical services and shopping. Newmarket has small town charm, with big city conveniences. Located in the centre of York Region, Newmarket is home to The Regional Municipality of York corporate head office and the South Lake Regional Health Centre. Not only is Newmarket a centre for services and businesses, the Town also has maintained its natural beauty with over 300 acres of parkland and nature trails. Recreation services include a modern state-of-the-art community centre.
Richmond Hill (www.richmondhill.ca)
Richmond Hill has a population of about 185,600. Over the years, Richmond Hill has remained a distinctive community with strong historical roots. Located in the centre part of York Region, Richmond Hill has preserved much of its natural beauty in an extensive park and trail system. The northern part of the Town sits on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The Town has a very highly educated workforce and has one of the most diversely ethnic populations in Canada.
The City of Vaughan is home to almost 288,500 people. Vaughan is one of the fastest growing local municipalities in Canada. Although the City has grown, it has kept its natural beauty with an extensive trail system and parkland including the famous Kortright Centre forests. The City also has excellent shopping and is home to the well-known Vaughan Mills Mall. The City is home to 9,000 businesses and has a well-educated labour force. There is plenty of room to grow. Property taxes for commercial and industrial properties are among the lowest in the Greater Toronto Area.
The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville is known for its farms, open countryside and small towns. Whitchurch-Stouffville is located in the south-eastern part of York Region, with a population of about 37,600. The area has kept its historic roots. Even with its country atmosphere, Whitchurch-Stouffville has all the amenities of modern city life. The landscape of Whitchurch-Stouffville consists of farmland, scenic ravines, lakes and forests. The Town is known for its major equestrian activities, horse farms, century farms and homes, modern subdivisions, golf courses and conservation areas.
York Region Demographics
York Region is a growing, diverse and welcoming community made up of over 200 distinct ethnic groups. The mapping tool below helps you learn about the diverse communities who call York Region home. You can use the tool below to see statistics on total immigrants, country of origin, languages spoken, religious affiliation and more for York Region and each of its nine municipalities.