New buses, less debt focus of York Region Strategic Plan update

74 percent of the key performance indicators tend in the desired direction and prepare the groundwork for future strategic planning

The Regional Municipality of York has published its third year (2021) progress report Strategic plan 2019 to 2023: from vision to resultsshowing that the region has made progress on its four-year plan in unprecedented times, with 23 out of 31 (74 percent) KPIs trending in the desired direction.

“Despite the York Region’s comprehensive response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, significant progress has been made towards the priorities and objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan,” said Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and CEO. “These achievements demonstrate our collective efforts and commitment to ensure that quality programs and services are available to residents and that the York area remains a strong, caring and safe community.”

That Strategic Plan 2019 to 2023 provides a detailed course of action during the tenure of York Regional Council. It represents the region’s commitment to making progress in the areas of economic vitality, healthy communities, a sustainable environment and good governance.

Highlights of the third year progress report include:

  • Earned top marks in the Ontario Chief Drinking Water Inspector report with 100 percent of samples meeting Ontario drinking water standards
  • Purchase of six new electric buses to move closer to the Council’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2051
  • More green space by planting 92,154 trees and shrubs
  • Reduced debt through regional fiscal strategy, with the reserve-to-debt ratio increasing to 147 percent from 86 percent

Results in the Strategic Plan’s four priority areas are tracked, measured and reported annually to ensure progress on the Council’s priorities. To build on the achievements of the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan, the Regional Council has approved the Development Approach for the 2023-2027 Strategic Plan for consideration by the new Council in early 2023.

“A long-term strategic focus is required to maintain a high quality of life in the York area,” said Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor of the City of Vaughan, Chairman of Finance and Administration. “This plan sets out the critical steps required for the region’s post-pandemic recovery and the desired future state of our communities outlined in our vision.”

A copy of the progress report and other York Region strategic planning documents are available at

Composed of nine local towns and cities, the Regional Municipality of York provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 54,000 businesses employing over 650,000 people. Visit for more information on the region’s major service areas


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