March 25, 2004

Regional Council approves 2004 Business Plan and Budget

The following list of links will take you to information regarding the 2004 business plan and budget

March 25, 2004 York Regional Council approves $1.7 billion 2004 Business Plan and Budget

March 25, 2004  York Region Health Services budget to address growth pressures and provide service enhancements
March 25, 2004 York Region Transit to acquire new buses and enhance routes in 2004
March 25, 2004 York Region to increase road resurfacing budget to $10 million by 2007
March 25, 2004 York Region places major emphasis on capital infrastructure projects in 2004 budget
March 25, 2004 York Regional Council Approves Police Budget
The following .pdf's will give you information on:

Regional Tax Impact (after assessment growth)
How Your 2004 Regional Tax Dollar is Spent

The following link will open a .pdf of the presentation made to Council

Budget Presentation to Council March 25, 2004

York Region Service Highlights


Region Budget Enhancements: 2004

NEWMARKET York Regional Council today approved its $1.7 billion 2004 Business Plan and Budget that includes enhanced services to the public in the areas of York Regional Police, York Region Transit, regional roads and infrastructure, social services and public health.


The Region will continue to offer many services to its residents in 2004, including:


York Regional Police Services


Deploy 1,095 police officers and 335 civilians support staff

Perform 10,000 hours of foot patrol

Perform 7,500 hours of radar traffic enforcement


Regional Roads


Maintain 3,274 kilometres of regional road lanes

Maintain 669 signalized intersections

Manage 2,100 hectares of forest

Manage 22 forest properties and 32 recreational trails


York Regional Transit


Transport 12.4 million total riders

Operate 63 routes, including TTC contracted services

Maintain a current fleet of 232 conventional buses and 19 specialized buses

Maintain 3,500 bus stops and 700 shelters


Water and Wastewater


Treat and distribute 117.9 million megalitres of water

Collect and treat 115.5 million megalitres of wastewaer


Solid Waste Management


Manage 294,000 total tonnes of waste

Divert 87,000 tonnes of waste from landfills


Health Services


Respond to more than 90,000 Emergency Medical Services calls

Provides 232 Long-Term Care facility beds

Respond to more than 70,000 Health Connection calls

Perform over 13,500 food safety inspections


Community Services & Housing


4,300 households per month receive financial assistance

Administer 6,214 social housing units

Provide 31,000 nights of emergency shelter

Provide over 320 Domiciliary care beds

NEWMARKET York Regional Council today approved its $1.7 billion 2004 Business Plan and Budget that includes numerous service enhancements.  Outlined below are some of the highlights of those enhancements:


York Regional Police Services


Hire 110 new sworn officers

Hire 35 new civilian support staff

Increase hours of foot patrol, bicycle patrol and radar traffic enforcement


York Region Transit (YRT)


35 new conventional buses for York Region Transit

5 new buses for Mobility Plus specialized transit

Provide 62,000 additional YRT revenue vehicle service hours


Water and Wastewater


35 kilometres of new watermains

Additional wastewater capacity

Additional water storage and supply capacity

High Street pumping station upgrade in Sutton

Humber forecemain to Peel 11 kilometres


Regional Roads


Maintain 103 additional lane kilometres of roads

Provide an additional $2 million for resurfacing improvement to over 3,100 lane kilometres of paved regional roads

46 new signalized intersections

Increased investment to accelerate roads construction


Solid Waste Management


Manage approximately 11,000 additional tonnes of solid waste

Construction of a new Household Hazardous Waste and Public Drop-Off Depot

Commence Source Separated Organics processing


Community Services and Housing


Centralize Social Housing waitlist


Health Services


Deploy two new ambulances and 12 new paramedics to provide 26,000 hours of additional service at peak periods of call activity

Open four new EMS stations in King City, East Gwillimbury, Markham and Richmond Hill

Support the full-year operation of 32 new long-term care beds at the Newmarket Health Centre

Provide additional Public Health resources for health promotion, infectious disease prevention, food safety and health screening



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:

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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