February 19, 2009
Media Release

2009 Operating Budget Highlights

York Regional Council approved a $1.35 billion gross Operating Plan as part of The Regional Municipality of York’s 2009 Business Plan and Budget.  The following provides an overview of the services, both new and current, York Region provides to our residents and businesses across our nine municipalities:
$568 million for Environmental and Transportation Services
• 50 new lane kilometres of Regional Roads
• Design and deploy Real Time Traveler Information System
• Improve sign management to improve traffic operation and safety
• Refresh and promote Water for Tomorrow Program
• Achieve Drinking Water Quality Management Standard full scope accreditation
• Lead development of key deliverables for source water protection with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Solid Waste Management
• Opening of a Community Environmental Centre in Vaughan in Spring of 2009
• Updating existing Georgina Transfer  Station to meet community environmental centre standards
• Increase hours of operation for all for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facilities and increase public awareness of the HHW program
• Initiate parks and public space pilot projects for three stream waste diversion
Transit Services
• Provide an additional 24,660 service hours for York Region Transit (YRT) and Viva Rapid Transit
• Introduction of new services for Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Newmarket, Aurora and King City
• Install Variable Message Signs at all terminals advising customers of real-time status of buses
• Creation of new Operation Control Centre for Conventional and Mobility services
• Implement Dial-a-Ride program in local communities with low transit demand
$201.2 million for Community Services and Housing
Social Services (Employment & Financial Support, Family & Children’s Services)
• Financial assistance to approximately 4,700 households representing 8,500 individuals
• Assist people to leave Ontario Works for employment (more than 1,300 participants assisted in 2008)
• Administer fee subsidies for over 3,300 children monthly and maintains the region-wide waitlist for this program of about 3,500 children
• Deliver Early Intervention Services to almost 1,500 children with special needs every month (currently has 183 children on the waitlist)
• Co-ordinate a range of family strengthening and support programs in partnership with municipalities which serve over 8,700 children each year
• License almost 700 domiciliary hostel beds and administer subsidy for over 350 of those beds
• Administer subsidy for about 200 emergency shelter residents, and about 125 Homemakers and Nurses Services clients every month
Housing Services
• Administer approximately 6,500 social housing units throughout the region
o 1,977 units are owned and managed by Housing York Inc.
o 4,000 units are owned and managed by community housing providers
o 500 units under a rent supplement program delivered in partnership with private sector landlords
• Manage the region-wide Wait-List system for over 5,800 applicants awaiting rent geared to income housing, commonly referred to as subsidized housing
• Work in partnership with other governments, including local municipalities and the private sector, seeking opportunities and executing agreements to develop, fund and build new social housing
Strategic Service Integration and Policy Branch
• Community Development Initiatives Fund in 2009
o Projected to serve over 60,000 residents
o Projected to have 1,300 volunteers contributing 70,000 hours for CDIF agencies
• The Homelessness Prevention programs assisted about 440 families to keep their housing at an average cost of just over $1,300 in 2008
• Federally designated community lead for Local Immigration Settlement
• Social data analysis and service planning
o Just the Facts, If York Region was a Village of 100, York Link
o Ontario Disabilities Act (ODA)
o Human Services Planning
o Emergency planning
$126.3 million for Health Services
Long Term Care and Community Programs
• Operate Newmarket Health Centre and Maple Health Centre Long Term Care facilities
• Provide 99,560 client days for LTC community programs, which include Alternative Community Living and LTC day programs
• Operate 232 long term care beds
Public Health
• Addition of 10 staff (two for Child and Family Health, three for Health Protection, one for Healthy Lifestyles, one for Health Information and Planning, three for Infectious Disease Control)
• Receive 40,000 Health Connection calls
• Provide more than 14,350 food premise inspections
• Over 70,000 children to receive dental screening
• Provide 42,500 immunizations
• Delivers public health programs such as disease prevention, restaurant inspection, dental and nutrition, family visit, sexual health clinics, school and workplace wellness and health promotions
• Provide a range of Public Health programs and services legislated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care under the Health Protection and Promotion Act
Emergency Medical Services
• Addition of 12 new paramedics and 168 additional ambulance hours
• Maintain and improve quality of EMS services:
o Participating in Community College programs
o Recruit and retain qualified paramedics
o Continue to provide Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) training, and explore alternative training delivery options
$226.3 million for York Regional Police
• 38 additional sworn police officers and 14 civilian staff
$62.5 million for Special Purpose Bodies, Boards and Authorities
• Provincial Offences Act Courts
• Conservation Authorities
• GO Transit
• Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)
• Hospital Capital Funding
• Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
$52.9 million for GTA Pooling
• GTA pooling is money collected by the Province of Ontario from York, Peel and Halton Region to help pay for Social Assistance and Social Housing programs in the City of Toronto.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Ken Turriff, Corporate Communications, York Region
                      Phone: 905 830-4444 / toll-free 1-877-464-9675, Ext. 1226
                      Cell: 905 251-6415 / Email: ken.turriff@york.ca

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