City of Markham

Markham, a city in the Regional Municipality of York, with more than 300,000 residents. It is located on the north of Toronto. Markham covers an area of 211.00km. Markham grow very fast in the past 30 years. Markham is among the most affluent municipalities in Canada. It is known as the capital of Hi-tech.

Demographics

Markham is Canada’s most diverse community. According to the 2006 Canadian Census Markham had 261,573 residents, A significant portion of population is composed of immigrants and descendants of immigrants. Visible minorities make up 67.4% of the population. South Asian residents make up 17.3% of the population, Chinese residents account for 34.2% of the population, Black Canadian residents make up 3.1% of the population, Filipino Canadian residents account for 2.8%, Southeast Asian residents make up 0.8%, Latin American accounts for 0.5%, and other visible minority represents 6.7% of the population.

Economy

Markham is home to many of Canada’s leading life science and technology businesses. Recipient of a 2010 Canada Award for Excellence – Silver for outstanding achievements in quality, customer service, and a healthy workplace, Markham is renowned for its rich heritage, vibrant neighborhoods and leadership on the environment and urban design.
Markham today is mainly driven by its tertiary industry. Business services is currently the number one employer in Markham with nearly 22% of its labor force employed in it. The city also currently has over 900 technology and life sciences companies, with IBM being the city’s largest employer. A number of multinational companies also have their Canadian headquarters located in Markham including Honda Canada, Advanced Micro Devices, American Express, Johnson & Johnson, Apple Inc., Avaya, IBM, Motorola, Oracle, Honeywell and Toshiba

Amenity

Markham is home to several large malls of 100+ stores. These include: Market Village, Markville Shopping Centre, Pacific Mall and the Mall at South Unionville Square.

On Highway 7, between Woodbine and Warden Avenues, is First Markham Place, containing numerous shops and restaurants; this is several kilometers east of Richmond Hill’s Chinese malls. Further east along Highway 7 is an older plaza is at the southwest quadrant with the intersection with Kennedy Road.

Pacific Mall is the most well-known Chinese mall in Markham, located at Kennedy Road and Steeles Avenue East, which, combined with neighboring Market Village Mall and Splendid China Tower, forms the second largest Chinese shopping area in North America, after the Golden Village in Richmond, British Columbia. They carry a wide variety of traditional Chinese products, apparel, and foods. In close proximity, at Steeles East and Warden Avenue, there is the New Century Plaza mall and a half-block away there is a plaza of Chinese shops anchored by a T & T Supermarket.

The Mall at South Unionville Square is well located with direct public transit and ready access to Highways 7 and 407, and focuses on the Chinese community. With its T&T Supermarket and Asian themed retail mall, professional offices, commercial retail, restaurants and residential, it provides a venue for living, working, shopping and entertainment.

Transportation

Major highways passing through Markham include Highway 404 and Highway 407, a toll highway that passes north of Toronto and connects Markham with Vaughan, Brampton and Burlington. Highway 407 runs parallel to Highway 7, also known as York Road 7,
which is a major east-west artery.

Passenger rail service in Markham is provided by the GO Transit Stouffville line, which is a commuter rail line stretching from Lincolnville to downtown Toronto. The line operates only at rush hour. GO Transit connects Markham with downtown Toronto on the Stouffville commuter rail service. The line has stops at several stations in Markham, namely Unionville GO Station, Centennial GO Station, Markham GO Station, and Mount Joy GO Station. The Richmond Hill commuter rail line provides service to the Langstaff GO Station, which straddles Markham and Richmond Hill but is used primarily by residents of west-central Markham and southern Richmond Hill.

York Region Transit (YRT) connects Markham with surrounding municipalities in York Region. YRT is connected to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway system by way of Viva bus rapid transit from Finch station along Yonge Street, and Don Mills station through Unionville and on to Markville Mall. The TTC also provides service in Markham on several north-south routes, such as Warden Avenue, Birchmount Road, McCowan Road and Markham Road. These routes charge riders a double fare if they are travelling across the Steeles border.

Hospitals

The main healthcare facility in the city is Markham Stouffville Hospital, located in the far eastern end. Markham is also home to Shouldice Hospital, one of the world’s premier facilities for people suffering from hernias. For those living near Steeles, they sometimes will be able to receive treatment at The Scarborough Hospital Birchmount Campus in Toronto/Scarborough.

Education

Markham currently does not have any universities itself, but Seneca College has campuses at Highways 7 and 404 and at Buttonville Municipal Airport.

Markham has a number of prestigious public primary and secondary school. Prestigious primary school include Sainte-Maguerite-Bourgeoys, Roy H Crosby, William Berzy, St Justin Martyr, Milliken Mills, Bishop Scalabrini, St Anthony, Bayview Glen, Coledale, Central Park, German Mills etc. Prestigious secondary school includes Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Unionville, St Robert, St Augustine, Westmount, Bur Oak, Thornhill, Markham, Thornlea, Bill Crothers, Br Andr e, Middlefield, Markville.
reference: Wikipedia