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York Region

York Region Immigration Portal

York Region is home to over one million people, in nine thriving communities. York is a growing and diverse region, with nearly half of its population made up of immigrants.

York is located directly north of Toronto, in some of the most protected greenspace in Ontario. In fact, about one third of the region is within the environmentally sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine. The region is also known for its countless arts, entertainment and cultural venues.

With its growing multicultural population, York Region has become a destination for significant new business investment now comprising over 86,101 enterprises. While it is home to a large number of corporations, the small, innovative business sector is thriving. Manufacturing, business services, biotechnology, scientific research and development and information technology are key sectors that are driving York Region’s economy.

The nine municipalities - Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville, cover an area of 1,776 square kilometres and offer a distinctive and exceptional quality of life to live, learn, work and play. Visit the York Region municipal immigration portal to find out more.

For more information on housing costs and trends, please visit the sections for York Region on the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) websites: Toronto, Barrie.


York region is a a perfect mix of city and country. It offers big city style living with modern conveniences mixed with quaint heritage towns with rural hospitality. You will also find miles of trails and acres of forest aside world class attractions, theatrical and musical events.

 York Region and its communities:
Cities Aurora East
Georgina King
Proximity to Toronto 49 km 56.4 km 78.9 km 54.6 km
 York Region and its communities (cont.):
Cities Markham Newmarket Richmond Hill Vaughan Whitchurch-
Proximity to Toronto 37 km 37 km 35.4 km 38 km 48.6 km

*Single detached dwelling

This is a picture of McMichael Art Gallery

 Population size of York Region:
Population 1,011,000 residents
 Major industries in York Region:
Key industries Biotechnology
Business services
Information technology
Scientific research and development
 Climate in York Region:
Average temperatures January July
Years: 1971-2000 -7.1C 28C

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The York Region municipal immigrantion portal is funded and administered through the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, as part of the Municipal Immigration Information Online (MIIO) Program. Visit the Cities and Towns osection of for other municipal immigration portals.