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The Regional Municipality of York, also called York Region, is a regional municipality in southern Ontario, Canada, situated between the southern shores of Lake Simcoe and the northern boundary of the City of Toronto. It replaced the former York County in 1971.

The 2006 population was 892,712, which is a 22% growth from the 2001. It is the fastest growing census division in Canada, and is expected to surpass 1.5 million residents by 2031. The entire region is part of the Greater Toronto Area and the inner ring of the Golden Horseshoe. The regional seat is Newmarket, Ontario. Within the boundaries of York Region, Markham, Richmond Hill, Whitchurch–Stouffville, and Vaughan have the most rapid growth in all of Ontario and Canada.

York Region covers 1,776 square kilometres from Lake Simcoe in the north to the city of Toronto in the south. Its eastern border is shared with Durham Region, to the west is Peel Region, and Simcoe County is to the northwest.


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Viva Rapid Transit Map, click to enlarge.

Viva is a bus rapid transit network in York Region, Ontario, Canada, with connections to northern Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission subway stations.

It is the brand name for the York Region Rapid Transit Plan, and was funded through a Public-Private Partnership (P3) consortium called the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation. York Region has control over all fares and service planning. Viva service is integrated with York Region Transit's conventional transit service and operated as one regional transit system (1system) that enables customers to travel across the Region.

Viva began operations on September 4, 2005 at 9 am EST, and officially opened on September 6, 2005. The second phase was opened on October 16, 2005, the third phase was opened on November 20, 2005, and the first part of the fourth phase was opened on January 2, 2006 (the Cornell extension is the second part of Phase 4).

Five routes are currently in operation:

  • Viva Blue: Finch TTC Station — Newmarket Terminal (along Yonge Street).
  • Viva Purple: York University — Markville Mall at McCowan Road.
  • Viva Orange: Downsview TTC Station — Martin Grove/Highway 7.
  • Viva Green: Don Mills TTC Station — Unionville GO Station off-peak, McCowan Road at peak times.
  • Viva Pink: Finch TTC Station — Unionville GO Station.
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Did you know...

  • ... that York Region is more populous than all of Northern Ontario?
(Northern Ontario: 745,372 ; York Region: 892,712)
  • ...that City of Vaughan in York Region is the largest city in Canada without a hospital in its boundaries?
  • ...that York Region is the 3rd most populous census division in Ontario, and even more populous than Ottawa (Population: about 812,000)
  • ...that York Region is one of the fastest growing census division, accounting about 20% of growth every 5 years.

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Unionville, York Region, Ontario's old church, located at the intersections of Fred Varley Drive and Main Street Unionville.

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James ("Jim") Brennan (born May 8, 1977 in East York, Ontario) is a professional Football (soccer) player from Newmarket, York Region, Ontario. He is currently on the playing roster of Toronto FC of Major League Soccer. He is also one of only a handful of Canadian-born players to have ever played in the FA Premier League.

A left-back defender who also has played the left side of the midfield, Brennan started playing professionally as a trainee with Italian Serie C1 club Sora before signing with Football League Second Division Bristol City on a free transfer in 1996. In 64 first-team appearances for City over four seasons, Brennan scored three goals.

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