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The Regional Municipality of York, known also as York Region, is part of the Greater Toronto Area and the Inner Ring of the Golden Horseshoe. It is a confederation of 9 municipalities:

Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, and Whitchurch-Stouffville. The regional government’s headquarters is in Newmarket.

York Region is the fastest growing area by population in Ontario. Thanks to its strong economy, the job opportunities and quality of life it provides to its residents, York Region attracts thousands of young and skilled immigrants every year.


York Region has a humid continental climate with four seasons. Winters are cold with daily average temperature in January of -7°C.  Temperatures often feel colder than they really are because of the wind chill. Snow can fall anytime between November and April. Snowstorms are not unusual. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures usually in the range from 20°C to 31°C. However, the high humidity makes temperatures feel warmer than they are. Springs and autumns are cool and pleasant, sometimes with considerable difference between day and night temperatures.


As you are in the process of choosing the best city in Canada for you, join us at the upcoming Settling in Canada Online Fair.  You’ll learn all about the careers and government funded training that is available by province so that you can make an informed choice on where to live.

What you can do at the fair

  • When you enter the fair you will be at the Plaza, from there you can check out the auditorium, exhibit halls and a lot more…
  • In the auditorium, you can watch some very informative webinars where you can learn everything from interview techniques to how to choose a settlement agency that is right for you.
  • The exhibit halls are where you find the booths, Each one of these is packed full of downloadable resources and other tools that will allow you to settle in Canada with great ease and comfort.

Remember to Register Now to avoid missing out on this great career opportunity.

Public transit

York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva has 120 routes across the nine municipalities of York Region and offers easy access to the transit systems in the neighbouring City of Toronto, Peel Region and Durham Region. To plan your trip with YRT/Viva, visit their website.

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has 14 routes that operate in York Region and bring passengers to some of the Toronto subway stations.

GO Transit offers trains and bus services from Union Station in Toronto to York Region.
For information about the fare system that works when you are using TTC and GO Transit connecting services click here.


For information on getting an Ontario Driver’s licence visit, see Driving.

There are nine major highways in York Region. You can find the Official Road Map here.

Find a regional road map and road improvement and construction here.

Police services

In case of emergency (if you feel you or someone else is currently in danger) call 9-1-1.
If you need to contact the York Regional Police for a situation that is not an emergency, call 1-866-8POLICE or 1-866-876-5423.
To send a letter to the Police, use the following address:
York Regional Police
17250 Yonge Street
Newmarket, Ontario Canada
You can also write an email and send it to [email protected].
Don’t send reports by email. To file a report about damage to vehicle, theft from vehicle, lost property, theft under $10,000, identity theft/fraud, or mischief/damage to property, file an online report via the York Regional Police Online Reporting System.

Places of worship

Churches in Aurora
Churches in East Gwillimbury
Churches in Georgina
Churches in King
Churches in Markham
Churches in Newmarket
Churches in Richmond Hill
Churches in Vaughan
Churches in Whitchurch-Stouffville

Synagogues in York Region

Hindu temples in York Region

Buddhist temples in York Region

Mosques in the GTA

Pre-arrival settlement and employment services in Ontario

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