December 19, 2002

York Region urges federal government to implement Canada's Urban Strategy

NEWMARKET York Regional Council passed a resolution today that urges the federal government to implement the recommendations of the Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues quickly and with permanent funding. The Task Force, chaired by Judy Sgro, MP York West, recently released its final report, Canada's Urban Strategy: A Blueprint for Action.

"Implementation of the Government of Canada's Urban Strategy could have many positive impacts on York Region's infrastructure investment programs and growth management initiatives," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. "York Region supports the efforts of the Task Force. We're willing to act as a partner in any potential pilot programs."

York Regional Council endorsed the Task Force's interim report released in April, and forwarded a number of recommendations in September. The final report, released in November, highlights three priority programs as the major pillars of Canada's Urban Strategy. They include a National Affordable Housing Program, a National Transit/Transportation Program and a National Sustainable Infrastructure Program.

Attached is Regional Council's resolution, which will be forwarded to Ms. Sgro. A follow-up report of the Region's detailed review of the Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues' final report will be tabled at the Region's Finance and Administration Committee in January.

Contact: Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region

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The following resolution was adopted by Regional Council at its meeting on December 19, 2002:

Re: Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues Final Report "Canada's Urban Strategy: A Blueprint for Action"

WHEREAS on November 19, 2002, the Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues released the final report "Canada's Urban Strategy: A Blueprint for Action"; and

WHEREAS Regional Council previously received and endorsed the general direction of the Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues interim report " Canada's Urban Strategy: A Vision for the 21st Century"; and

WHEREAS the final report presents a blueprint for action that will provide mechanisms for the Government of Canada to implement Canada's Urban Strategy; and

WHEREAS the implementation of the Government of Canada's Urban Strategy could positively impact York Region's infrastructure investment programs and growth management initiatives;

NOW THEREFORE be it resolved that York Region Council:

  1. Support the efforts of the Task Force;
  2. Urge the Federal Government to implement the Task Force's recommendations quickly with permanent funding;
  3. Indicate York Region's willingness to act as a partner in any potential pilot programs; and
  4. Forward this Resolution to Judy Sgro, M.P., Chair of the Prime Minister's Task Force on Urban Issues.

AND FURTHER that Staff report back to Finance and Administration Committee and Council as a report from the Chief Administrative Officer in January 2003 that provides a detailed discussion of the issues from the Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force final report.


The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

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