June 21, 2007
Media Release

York Regional Council releases Vision 2026 annual report on the indicators of progress for the year 2006

Latest report summarizes successes and initiatives of evolving Vision 2026
NEWMARKET – York Regional Council released today Vision 2026: Towards a Sustainable Region, Fifth Annual Report on Indicators of Progress for the Year 2006.  The report is the fifth in a series of annual reports that detail The Regional Municipality of York’s progress towards implementing Vision 2026. 
“Our goal is to build strong, caring and safe communities that reflect the kind of community that residents want York Region to be,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Each year, York Region will continue to grow and adapt based on the issues that are important to those who live here.”
Successes in 2006 include:
• Continued high quality of life rating by residents
• Acquisition of an additional 563 acres of Greenland through Greenlands Property Securement Strategy
• 460,000 jobs in York Region as of December 31, 2006
• 17.1 million transit trips provided by York Region Transit/Viva
“York Region’s successes are based on feedback from its residents,” said the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee Chair James Young, Mayor of the Town of East Gwillimbury.  “We are committed to forging a legacy of sustainability in all areas of the Region’s operations, programs and services.” 
In 2006, the Region was named one of the top 100 companies to work for in Canada, and one of the top 50 in the GTA.  This achievement fulfills Vision 2026’s goal of  “being responsive by building high-performance teams.” 
Issues from residents include congestion, growth management, public transit and the environment.  Residents support the Region’s efforts in areas such as rapid transit and compact urban growth to address the aforementioned issues.  York Region is addressing concerns of the residents through a number of initiatives, including:
• The York Region Draft Sustainability Strategy, which outlines 80 action items
• The Planning for Tomorrow growth management workplan
• The Transportation Master Plan update
• The Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan study   
Employers in York Region have noted that diversity, mix and affordability of housing are important for continued economic growth and employment. 
This updated version of Vision 2026 will be made widely available to the public, stakeholders and staff.
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Media Contact: Melissa Di Costanzo, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1207
 Email: Melissa.DiCostanzo@york.ca

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