York Regional Council

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York Regional Council is the political body for the Regional Municipality of York in Ontario, Canada. Created in 1970, it consists of 20 elected representatives plus the Regional Chair. The elected members are the mayors of each of its nine municipalities (Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Newmarket, Markham, Richmond Hill, Whitchurch-Stouffville, and Vaughan), as well as an additional eleven Regional Councillors from the more populous municipalities—four from Markham, three from Vaughan, two from Richmond Hill and one each from Georgina and Newmarket.

The Regional Chair is elected at large by the members of Regional Council at their inaugural meeting and serves a four-year term.

Regional Council usually meets on the third Thursday of each month at 9:30am. Meetings are held at the York Region Administrative Centre offices in Newmarket.

Members (2010-2014)[edit]

The chairman and CEO of York Regional Council is Bill Fisch.[1]

Municipality Representatives
Mayor Regional councillors
Aurora Geoff Dawe None
East Gwillimbury Virginia Hackson None
Georgina Robert Grossi One - Danny Wheeler
King Steven Pellingrini None
Markham Frank Scarpitti Four - Jack Heath, Jim Jones, Gordon Landon, and Joe Li
Newmarket A.J. (Tony) Van Bynen One - John Taylor
Richmond Hill Dave Barrow Two - Brenda Hogg, Vito Spatafora
Vaughan Maurizio Bevilacqua Three - Michael DiBiase, Gino Rosati, and Deb Schulte
Whitchurch-Stouffville Wayne Emmerson None

Regional Committees[edit]

There is no executive committee, rather ideas are brought forth in regional committees and voted upon by the council.

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Community Services and Housing Committee
  • Environmental Services Committee
  • Finance and Administration Committee
  • Planning and Economic Development Committee
  • Transportation Services Committee

Boards, Subcommittees and Task Forces[edit]

  • Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
  • Character Community Foundation of York Region
  • Don Watershed Regeneration Council
  • Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)
  • Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance
  • GTA Agricultural Action Committee
  • Housing York Inc
  • Human Services Planning Board
  • Humber Watershed Alliance
  • Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
  • Markham Stouffville Hospital
  • Rouge Park Alliance Executive
  • Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
  • York Region Abuse Program
  • York Region Community Partnership Council
  • York Region Rapid Transit Corporation
  • York Regional Police Services Board

Services[edit]

Services under the region's scope include:

  • Children Services
  • Community Planning
  • Construction
  • Corporate Services
  • Economic Strategy and Tourism
  • Emergency Medical Services - York Region EMS - downloaded from the Province of Ontario
  • Environmental
  • Financial Department
  • Forestry
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure Planning Branch
  • Legal Services
  • Long Term Care and Seniors
  • Public Health and Safety
  • Real Estate
  • Planning Services
  • Regional Property Taxes
  • York Region Tourism
  • Transportation Services - regional roads only
  • Sewers
  • Employment and Financial Support
  • Transit - York Region Transit and VIVA
  • Water - water source via Toronto Water
  • Waste management (garbage, recycling, hazardous waste; excludes curbside collection)
  • Policing - York Regional Police

Regional Chairs[edit]

The Regional Chair is the CEO of the Region and serves, ex officio, on all Committees. The position replaced the former Warden of York County (1850-1970) and is selected by the other members of Regional Council.

Regional Chair Term of Office Notes
Garfield Wright 1971-1978 Former Town Councillor (1958-1961), Deputy Reeve (1961-1962) and Reeve (1964-1969) of East Gwillimbury; Former Warden of York County (1968-1970); Appointed Regional Chair by Lieutenant Governor in Council[2]
Bob Forhan 1978-1984 Former hockey player and high school teacher; Town Councillor and Mayor of Newmarket (1971-1978); CAO of York Region (1978-1996)[3][4]
Tony Roman 1984 Regional Councillor and Mayor (1970-1984 and 1988-1992) of Markham, Federal Member of Parliament for York North (1984-1988). Died 1992.
Eldred R. King 1984-1997 Chairman of GO Transit, member of the Markham Township School Board and councillor on Markham Township Council, member of Whitchurch-Stouffville Township Council and Mayor of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. Died 2011.
Bill Fisch 1997–present Lawyer, formerly practicing in Thornhill, Ontario (1976-1997); Former Councillor, Ward 7 (1988-1994) and Regional Councillor (1994-1997) for Markham

Former Regional Councillors[edit]

Regional Councillor Term of Office Notes
Ronald Moran 1972-1991 Former Deputy Mayor of Markham;[5] Died 2013 [6]
Donald Cousens 1994-2006 former mayor of Markham
Tony Roman 1971-1984 and 1988-1992 former mayor of Markham and Regional Chair, Died 1992.

York Region Administrative Centre[edit]

York Regional Council main operations are located at 17250 Yonge Street. The four floor complex was designed by Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal and opened in 1992. It features a organic building shape with various towers located at the end. The main entrance features two clock towers.

Before 1992 it sat at 50 Eagle Street now home to the Newmarket Courthouse.

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