Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness starts with you!

Bring the whole family to Aaniin Community Centre & Library to learn about you need to know to prepare for the unexpected.

Where: Aaniin Community Centre & Library (5665 14th Ave, Markham, ON L3S 3K5)
When: May 6th, 2018 — 10:00 AM — 2:00 PM

Kids can tour a fire truck and practice using a fire hose; learn about and meet St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dogs; participate in interactive displays about fire safety; win an opportunity to spin the emergency preparedness prize wheel; plus much more fun kid friendly activities.

Don’t forget to take a family photo in front of Markham Public Library’s natural disaster green screen. Learn from Markham’s emergency preparedness experts and partners and take away resources to help you and your family get prepared.

Don’t miss the free community BBQ taking place between 12 pm and 1 pm (while supplies last). This is a rain or shine event brought to you by the City of Markham’s Emergency Management Program.

Emergency Preparedness Participants:

Markham Fire and Emergency Services
Markham Forestry
Markham Public Library
Markham Waterworks
Canadian Red Cross
Salvation Army
St. John’s Ambulance
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
York Regional Police
York Region Emergency Management Office
York Region Public Health
York Region Transit
Aviva Insurance

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Freezing Rain Warning for April 14 & 15

Freezing Rain Warning this weekend in Markham

MARKHAM, ON – April 13, 2018 – Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for Markham and surrounding areas this weekend starting on Saturday and continuing to Sunday. Significant ice build-up due to freezing rain is expected and an ice storm is considered likely to occur.

Ice build-up of 10 to 20 mm appears quite likely across the region by Sunday morning. Ice accumulations of this magnitude combined with gusty northeast winds up to 60 km/h may result in widespread power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines. Residents are advised to stay clear of downed power lines.

Alectra Utilities has issued a  media release, asking customers in their service territory to be prepared for potential power outages this weekend. If you experience a power outage or want Alectra updates, please access Alectra’s Twitter channel   @AlectraNews, download their mobile app or visit the outage map at   www.alectrautilities.com. To report outages or receive updates on restoration times call 1-877-963-6900.

The City of Markham reminds residents that it is important for families and individuals to prepare to take care of themselves and check on vulnerable family and neighbours. Prepare you family   Home Emergency Preparedness Kit. A basic kit should include the following:

  • Water – 4 litres per person, per day (2 litres for drinking and 2 litres for sanitation and food preparation)
  • Non-perishable food i.e. canned food, dried food, energy bars
  • Manual can opener
  • Wind up or battery powered radio and flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra keys for home and car
  • Cash in small bills and change
  • Change of clothes
  • Emergency blanket or sleeping bag
  • Special items such as prescription medication, infant formula, etc.
  • Ensure you charge up your electronic devices in advance of the storm

Call Markham’s Contact Centre to report any tree issues or other municipal service needs at 905-477-7000 and be sure to tune into Markham’s local radio station,  105.9FM The Region for current information.

For a complete list of facilities and hours of operation, visit   markham.ca.For more information on emergency preparedness, visit  markham.ca/AreYouPrepared.

Integrated Leisure Master Plan

Leisure time, free time, spare time, time off – it’s the time away from work and school when we can pursue hobbies, play sports, watch a movie, catch up on reading, spend time with family and friends, and much more.

The City of Markham is updating the Integrated Leisure Master Plan to help in planning our future parks, recreation, cultural and library facilities and services.

Markham Leisure Survey 2018

We need your feedback to guide decision-making about the future of the City’s leisure services and facilities.  Your input will help us to better understand community needs and identify areas for improvement.

Please take a few minutes to complete Markham’s 2018 Leisure Survey at:


  • This survey will be available until April 20, 2018 and should take about ten minutes to complete.
  • All responses will be kept confidential and will be reproduced in summary form only.

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Walker (Director of Strategy for Markham Public Library) atdwalker@markham.library.on.ca

Thank you for participating.


Back in 2010, Markham Council approved its Integrated Leisure Master Plan – over 200 recommendations to guide decision-making about the City’s parks, recreation, culture and libraries.  Check out the 2010 Plan at this link:

2010 Integrated Leisure Master Plan

Fast forward eight years, and Markham has changed – we’re bigger, more diverse, and we’re growing up, with exciting plans for our downtown Markham Centre and other Areas of Intensification.

Assisted by an external consultant (Monteith Brown) a team of City staff are working to update the 2010 ILMP based on current data, research and community feedback.

The 2018 Master Plan will guide the future provision of leisure facilities and services based on principles of inclusion, access, equity and quality.

Progress to Date

Since Project Start-Up in November 2017, the following milestones have been completed:

  • Background Material Review.
  • Update of the 2010 ILMP Recommendations.
  • Demographic and Leisure Trend Analysis.
  • Park and Facility Inventory and utilization data.
  • Staff Workshops.
  • Stakeholder Consultations with Ice, Field Sports, and Racquet Sports organizations.

Next Steps

  • An online leisure survey to gather current resident feedback regarding their changing leisure needs and priorities will run from March to April 20, 2018.
  • The ILMP 2018 Update Report will be released to the community in June 2018.

Aquatics Recruitment


Are you looking for a job that works around your schedule, builds valuable career skills, and is a fun way to meet new people? Join our aquatics team as a lifeguard or swim instructor.

Make a splash doing something you love!

Apply at markham.ca/workhere by March 25, 2018.

Let us know your big, bold idea! Take the Markham Smart Cities Challenge Survey

The City of Markham is entering the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge and we would like you to participate!


The Challenge encourages municipalities across Canada to identify the most pressing community challenges and to imagine bold solutions with the goal of improving the overall quality of life. Markham is eligible to apply for two grant levels – up to $10 million, or up to $50 million.


Help us make Markham even better!


We need your input. We’ve created a short survey to help us identify Markham’s most pressing challenges and possible solutions to be considered as part of our submission.


Take the survey by March 4th at Markham.ca/MarkhamSmartCitiesChallenge.


You are also invited to attend any one of the following in-person focus groups:

Feb. 27 | 6 – 8 p.m. | Aaniin Community Centre & Library (5665 14th Avenue)

Feb. 28 | 6 – 8 p.m. | Angus Glen Community Centre & Library (3990 Major Mackenzie Drive)


Please RSVP to smartmarkham@markham.ca.