The City of Vaughan continues to manage the COVID-19 global pandemic and assess measures to help break the chain of transmission. The health and well-being of citizens, staff and visitors continues to be the City of Vaughan’s top priority.
Many City services continue to be offered online or via telephone. For questions, contact Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281 or visit
. Please check
the latest updates, including modified services and recent cancellations.
Citizens are encouraged to take advantage of the services and resources that continue to be offered online - including Service Vaughan, an online reporting tool that enables individuals to submit a service request, report on non-emergency City services and track their submission 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Residents can access the tool by clicking
. Currently, the platform supports requests on six City services, including:
- debris, vandalism and graffiti
- garbage and recycling
- parks, trees and grass
- roads and sidewalks
- signs and streetlights
- water services
The City of Vaughan continues to work closely with all levels of government to monitor the situation and to ensure people remain safe. As a result, the decision has been made to
extend the closure of all City facilities to the public until further notice
to help break the chain of transmission.
The following City facility closures and program cancellations are currently in effect:
- Vaughan City Hall
- Joint Operations Centre
- All community centre and library branches
- All community centre permits/rentals, recreational and library programming, swimming pools, arenas and fitness facilities
- All facilities in parks
- Vaughan Animal Shelter - For adoption information or other animal inquiries, contact Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281
- City Playhouse Theatre
- Tours at Fire Stations
- All City run events until further notice
Services that are currently underway or scheduled to begin include street sweeping, litter pickup, boulevard maintenance, grass cutting, tree inspections and pruning, pavement marking, and water and wastewater services.
Adjustments have been made to some regularly scheduled spring and summer public works operations. Services that are delayed or reduced include tree planting and maintenance, weeding and mulching, road and sidewalk repair, replacement or addition of streetlight and traffic signals, implementation of new traffic operations and road safety measures, water meter replacements and water trailer event bookings.
Horticultural shrub beds and planting bed maintenance are operating at reduced service levels (mulching, cultivating and planting). Annual plantings, hanging baskets and planters will slowly be phased in as restrictions start to lift.
All facilities within City parks remain closed to the public and should not be used. This includes playgrounds, sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, dog parks and any other facilities within City parks. Signage is installed to reinforce the closures.
Any violations of the park facility closures can be reported to Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281. Calls of this nature will be referred to the City's By-law and Compliance, Licensing and Permit Services department for investigation. Fines in the amount of $150 to $400 may be laid.
Leaf and yard waste collection is proceeding, as originally scheduled. It will be collected every second week, in accordance with garbage pickup. Due to volume, collection may be slower than usual - residents are asked to leave leaf and yard waste out into the next day to accommodate.
Double-Up Days are scheduled for the weeks of
June 16 or June 23
, on your regular garbage collection week. Place up to six items of garbage, no tags required. The City asks that large or bulky items, such as furniture, be held and not placed outside for pickup to help collectors manage the additional garbage volumes during this time.
Residents are asked to ensure recycling ends up, and stays, in the blue box. This can be achieved by leaving space (three inches) at the top of the blue box to not overfill it, obtaining another bin to match the amount of material and placing heavier items on top of lighter ones.
To protect waste collectors in Vaughan during the COVID-19 pandemic, residents are reminded to place all personal protective equipment, such as gloves and masks, and personal hygiene and sanitary products - including wipes and tissues - in the garbage. Do not place these items in the blue box - recycling will not be collected if the box contains any of these items.
Littering and illegal dumping are prohibited and may be subject to a $205 fine. Instances of illegal dumping or littering can be reported to Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281. By-law enforcement officers are proactively patrolling the City for violations of illegal dumping, including inspecting all commercial plazas. Private property conditions are governed by the City's Debris By-law and Property Standards By-law. Those who do not keep their properties clear of litter, waste and debris may be subject to a fine of $5,000 for each offence. As well, the City may have the waste and debris removed at the owner's expense, and it may be subject to an Order to Comply, under the Building Code Act. Failing to comply with an order is a chargeable offence.
By-law officers continue to operate, patrol and respond to calls on a priority basis. The City's recently adopted
Emergency Measures By-law
- which provides authority to further enforce social and physical distancing measures, in addition to other orders during this state of emergency such as limiting access to public property - is also being actively enforced. Failure to comply with the new by-law is an offence and subject to fines ranging from $500 to $100,000.
A grace period of 90 days has been established for business licence renewals. New businesses are still required to be licensed, and applications may be submitted by email. Event, filming and lottery permits will not be issued at this time.
If an administrative monetary penalty, such as a parking ticket, is received, it can be paid online at
. To arrange an alternative method of payment or schedule a dispute appointment, call Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281 within 15 days of receiving it. Scheduled disputes are being conducted over the phone until further notice.
Vaughan Animal Services continues to operate and serve Vaughan, Richmond Hill and King Township communities. Limited access into the Vaughan Animal Shelter is permitted for adoption and pet recovery services, by appointment only. Book your appointment by calling 905-832-2281 or emailing
By-law officers continue to operate, patrol and respond to calls on a priority basis.
for specific updates.
York Region, the City of Vaughan, the York Region Business Coalition of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, and the Workforce Planning Board of York Region have partnered to support the local business community as the economy gradually starts to reopen. To better understand the economic impact COVID-19 has had on day-to-day commerce, business owners are being asked to take part in an
The survey is available to Thursday, June 11 and will provide data from both the local and regional levels. The information collected will be used to inform a Vaughan Economic and Business Resilience Plan, which will reflect the feedback and needs of the local business community. Businesses interested in participating can share their feedback today.
The City of Vaughan is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Order of Vaughan – the highest honour the City may bestow on individuals who exemplify extraordinary citizenship. In addition to recognizing the individuals who are bettering the city of Vaughan, the 2020 award is also an opportunity to highlight the remarkable individuals who are stepping up to help citizens, businesses and the community during the global COVID-19 pandemic. If you know someone who deserves to be recognized, nominate them for consideration by September 30.
Download the nomination form
. More information available
June is Recreation and Parks Month and the City of Vaughan is celebrating virtually this year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Although park facilities and community centres remain closed, the City's Recreation Services department will be offering daily online activities for residents to enjoy including trail hikes, cooking, dancing, sports, fitness and scavenger hunts.
Each day of the week features a unique theme - from Monday Morning Energizers to Freestyle Fridays. Soulful Sundays are dedicated to older adults in honour of Seniors' Month. The recreation team has recorded video demonstrations of each activity, which will be posted on Instagram daily using
. Residents are encouraged to play for fun or play to win the many games and challenges that will be posted.
to find out more about the challenges, download the Play-to-Win Pass or learn about Recreation and Parks Month.
All City-led events from April to June have been cancelled or postponed, including the City's Volunteer Recognition Awards and the Mayor's Gala. Vaughan City Hall tours Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service fire station tours are also cancelled until further notice.
The annual Canada Day event will be virtual this year, allowing Vaughan residents to mark this popular and much-anticipated event safely from the comfort of their homes. More information will be posted on our
The City’s Curb Appeal Program has begun and is designed to recognize and thank homeowners who demonstrate exceptional pride and effort in the maintenance of their properties. To nominate someone, send the address of the property and a photo to
Sunday, July 5
. If residents are interested in becoming a volunteer judge for this program, please register by email or calling 905-832-2281.
All properties throughout Vaughan are visited by a group of dedicated community volunteers who evaluate properties. Each year properties can receive one of 750 signs based on the following:
- Overall aesthetic of the property is visually appealing
- Property shows the use of variety, colour and textures in plantings and hardscape
- Design incorporates the use of shade trees
- Property uses perennials as well as annuals
- Property shows creativity in design and materials
- Design uses drought resistant plantings and other environmental measures such as rain barrels to collect water
- Property uses mulch to help retain moisture
Signs recognizing properties will be placed during the months of July and August.
In May, the City held the first Virtual VMC (Vaughan Metropolitan Centre) Sub-Committee meeting. Being one of the largest and most ambitious projects in the City’s history, the working group continues to maintain an essential role in shaping the future of Vaughan’s downtown. I take pride in the development of this VMC, which I began to turn my focus to in 2006, after the announcement of the provincial funding for the Spadina-York subway extension into this core area.
It has always been my goal to ensure we build a complete community, with great emphasis on creating an innovative and creative hub through the development of arts, architecture and technology, to serve a very diverse population.
We are blessed to have a team of very dedicated, creative staff, along with committed stakeholders, who all share the same vision.
For more information on the VMC and its development, visit the VMC dedicated
On May 28, York Region Council voted in favour of authorizing York Region to execute an agreement with the Ontario government to build the estimated $5.6 billion Yonge North Subway extension. The City of Vaughan has always been a strong supporter of the Yonge North Subway Extension as this project is critical to those who live, work and commute in Vaughan.
This agreement demonstrates a full partnership between the Provincial and Regional government, with the support of the 3 adjoining municipalities, Vaughan, Markham and Richmond Hill. This project will create new jobs, build a stronger economy and help shape a better and more sustainable community for our residents and businesses.
Economic and Cultural Development
department continues to offer front-line services. These have been expanded to include guidance on adapting online business models, consulting on provincial and federal grants, connecting businesses able to supply personal protective equipment with organizations in need and encouraging remote shopping with #ShopVaughanLocal.
On March 17, the City launched the
Vaughan Business Action Plan
- which includes a series of temporary measures to support businesses, consumers and all citizens. These include:
- Support the restocking of store shelves - by suspending noise by-laws and weight restrictions on roads to assist with ensuring stores have items people need.
- Enhance the movement of goods - by suspending by-laws restricting the loading and unloading of commercial vehicles, transport trucks, and other vehicles between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. This will allow for 24-hour delivery.
- Improve business ground-transportation - by suspending the weight and size of vehicles that can travel on certain roads throughout Vaughan. To ensure the sufficient safe supply of goods to stores.
- Suspend the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) - to support the travel and tourism industry by not requiring accommodation providers to charge the MAT at Vaughan properties.
- Maintain small business services - by ensuring, where possible, Small Business and Entrepreneurship frontline services are continued (either online or by phone).
- A grace period of 90 days was recently established for business licence renewals. New businesses are still required to be licensed.
- The City is waiving the late penalty charge on interim property tax bills. These new measures also apply to non-residential properties.
- The City is waiving the planned 2020 water and wastewater rate increases and deferring the annual stormwater charge for 60 days.
York Region is making improvements to Major Mackenzie Drive West from Bathurst Street to west of Dufferin Street. Construction began in mid-April and is expected to be complete July 2020. This work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions or delays related to COVID-19 and Public Health guidelines. York Region will provide advance notice whenever possible.
Road improvements include:
- Removal of current top asphalt
- Laying new asphalt
- Installation of pedestrian AODA features such as push buttons, upgraded walkways, curb depressions and tactile plates
Major Mackenzie Drive West will remain open to traffic throughout construction, and access to residences and businesses will be maintained. However, to accommodate construction, lane reductions may occur Monday to Sunday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, please visit the York Region
Operating the City of Vaughan’s streetlight network represents approximately 20% of the City’s overall energy consumption.
In keeping with the 2018-2022 Term of Council Service Excellence Strategic Plan for Environmental Stewardship and Operational Performance, the City will be taking steps to reduce energy use and costs by changing approximately 20,000 streetlights from the current high pressure sodium to light-emitting diode (LED) technology through the City-wide LED Streetlight Retrofit Program.
The program was launched in October 2019 with anticipated completion by December 2020. Many Ward 4 blocks began installation in phase 1, which is substantially complete, and occurred through to April 2020. Most remaining Ward 4 blocks area transitioning installation into May and June. The interactive
map shows approximate installation dates as well as completed LED installation. Check the map to see when the streetlight retrofit is scheduled for your community. Learn more
Spring clean-up began in April this year, as per the weather. The City of Vaughan uses contractors for our Spring and Summer Maintenance Program. This year, due to COVID-19, some spring maintenance programs are delayed or on hold. Here is a summary of the programs:
Boulevard Maintenance - ON TIME
The start of this program begins with boulevards litter being picked up prior to the cutting rotation and continues every 2 weeks. There are 14 rotations scheduled throughout this season and the summer months may have longer rotations due to the slow growth of grass during drought conditions. The City of Vaughan is working with York Region to try to have Regional road boulevards on a similar rotation to City roads.
Storm Water Management Ponds - ON TIME
These areas are cut twice yearly for access purposes - a 10 foot mow strip, which is rough cut only in May/June and September. These ponds are not string trimmed along fence lines or manicured as they serve a purpose in maintaining storm water and require a natural habitat.
Street Sweeping - ON TIME
The City’s street-sweeping program began in late March due to good weather. The initial city-wide sweep takes approximately 6-8 weeks to complete, depending on the weather. After this initial spring cleaning, street sweeping will continue throughout the summer and into the fall on 20-24 day rotation.
Boulevard Tree Maintenance - DELAYED
The City of Vaughan uses a block pruning rotation to prune trees on entire streets. This includes but is not limited to: removing low hanging limbs, suckers, deadwood, and limbs growing towards houses of all trees on a street. The Block Pruning rotation allows staff to consistently and efficiently maintain safe clearances above roads (approximately 4.5 meters) and sidewalks (approximately 2.5 meters). Street pruning is contracted out to private tree companies.
Currently, regular tree inspections will continue but only hazardous maintenance will be performed on a priority basis.
Regular tree maintenance will be suspended until further notice, with stumping and pruning expected to start July 1 and planting deferred until September.
Parks and Splashpads - CLOSED
Although walking trails remain open, all park amenities and splash pads remain closed until further notice.
Horticultural Plantings and Baskets - DELAYED
Shrub beds and planting bed maintenance are operating at reduced service levels. All annual plantings, planters and hanging baskets will be phased in as suspensions start to lift.
For more information about Vaughan's Spring and Summer Maintenance Program...
All City-led events scheduled until June 30, 2020 have been postponed The following events are no longer taking place or are postponed:
Concerts in the Park
Launch Event - VMC
Wednesday, June 17
Now a Virtual Event
Wednesday, June 17
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Exhibitor or Participant
Canada Day Celebration
Wednesday, July 1
Now a Virtual Event
More Information to Come
Wednesday, November 25
Please check the
page for the latest updates about non-City led event cancellations.
the City is providing an additional 30 days of relief on interim property tax bills and a 30-day extension on final installments for residents.
Payments for the March 26, April 27 and May 27 due dates will not be subject to any late payment fee or interest until July 1.
As well, the residential final property tax bills that are normally billed in June and due in July, August and September will now be billed in July with installments due August, September and October. The non-residential tax bills will also be issued in July and due August, September and October.
Keeping Vaughan Clean
Over the past week, Public Works staff directed 320 staff hours to the removal of 200 tons of debris across the city, bringing the YTD total to 1,380 tonnes for the season. With the deterrent initiatives in place, dumping along typical rural hot spots is confirmed to have decreased significantly since installation. Staff will continue to monitor popular dumping locations to ensure that measures remain effective.
LITTER AND DEBRIS PICK UP:
Contractor boulevard litter pickup and grass cutting continues into its 2nd rotation. 11 woodlots of 25 have now been detailed. A further 176 staff hours were allocated to this work, resulting in the collection of 52 commercial bags of litter and waste. The team is currently on plan to have 14 woodlots completed by the end of this week.
The City ’s Recreation Services department is launching the Virtual Summer Adventures series this summer to keep kids active, engaged and entertained. City instructors will livestream popular summer camp activities and recreational programs remotely via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. The classes will run from Monday, July 6 to Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Registration will start on Monday, June 1 at 8:30 a.m. to help kick off Recreation and Parks Month. To view the Virtual Summer Adventures program descriptions and times, visit the
Recreation Services has launched a new
featuring virtual recreation resources to help City of Vaughan residents manage their physical and mental health while social and physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn first aid basics from lifeguards. Sing songs with Vaughan Playschool instructors. Practice your acting, dancing and singing skills with the theatre crew. Colour, craft, cook with our instructors.
Vaughan Fitness instructors are recording video workouts to help keep residents physically and mentally healthy while physical distancing. The free videos will have everything from yoga, barre/chair exercises to Zumba, Pilates, belly dancing and boot camp workouts that you can do in your living room or backyard. Visit
on Instagram for daily updates, including stretching and nutrition tips, along with some healthy recipes from the City’s personal trainers and nutritionists.
Recreation Services will be offering Vaughan Fitness Equipment Packages for loan to Vaughan Fitness members for the duration of the facility closures. Please contact Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281 for more information.
All in-house programming from VPL is cancelled until January 2021. While public libraries remain closed, citizens are asked to refrain from returning items to their local library branch. No fines will be incurred for late returns.
Temporary library cards are now available and can be obtained by filling in an online form. Click
for more information.
VPL is the first public library system in Ontario to offer curbside pickup. This service will allow patrons to borrow any item currently on the shelf at the pickup location and represents a significant expansion of VPL’s services during the COVID-19 pandemic. VPL will be rotating pickup service between its three largest locations: Bathurst Clark Resource Library, Civic Centre Resource Library and Pierre Berton Resource Library. This program may be expanded in the future based on public demand. Further information on the curbside pickup service, as well as the request form, is available at
VPL has launched an online service to support its customers remotely. Ask Us is a virtual service supported by more than 20 VPL staff who are able to help with customer inquiries and offer reading and viewing suggestions by phone, email and social media.There are three ways to Ask Us:
- By phone at 905-653-READ (7323)
- On Twitter, Facebook Messenger or Instagram
- By email through an online form
Citizens are encouraged to explore
digital service offerings
including eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies and more. Online programming is being offered through
. Activities include live-streamed story times, online book clubs and activity videos for kids.
gives users free access to thousands of video tutorial courses with a focus on such areas as technology, software development, business skills, project management as well as creative skills like animation and video editing. Also available is Transparent Language – a fun and engaging way to learn a new language. The app aims to lock words and phrases into your memory so you can recall them perfectly.
French offerings are available through
, customers have access to the nearly 7,000 eBooks in this collection and 39 audiobooks.
is a new initiative to support community wellness and virtual togetherness by spreading positivity. Through a collaboration with the City’s Recreation Services department and Vaughan Public Libraries, residents are encouraged to visit the
website for a curated list of resources available to help enrich the body, mind and soul. This webpage is designed to keep people engaged and active during the global pandemic.
The City of Vaughan is committed to continuing to provide residents with high-quality drinking water. To improve the ease of access to water testing, the City is installing 151 new sampling stations across its water distribution network on municipally owned properties.
Vaughan's drinking water continues to be safe and meets all regulatory requirements set by the Province of Ontario. Currently, water samples are taken from approximately 130 public and privately owned buildings, such as community centres and schools. To improve efficiencies and allow for sampling at any time, the new water sampling stations will be installed on City property between June 2020 and December 2021. Visit
for more information.
Council voted to defer the annual stormwater charge for 60 days and to cancel the planned 2020 water and wastewater rate increases. Deferring the 2020 Stormwater Charge billing for 60 days will have minimal impact on the stormwater program. The Council-approved recommendations also call on York Region to cancel or defer the 2020 planned regional 9% combined wholesale water and wastewater increases. Regional costs for water and wastewater treatment account for approximately 75% of the City’s annual costs for water and wastewater services.
ork Region Public Health is encouraging citizens to do the following:
- Be familiar with and follow travel advice before and after you return from international travel
- Practice social distancing, which means:
- Work from home where possible
- Maintain at least two metres (six feet) of space between you and others (outside of your immediate family)
- Avoid non-essential trips in the community
- Limit, postpone or cancel gatherings
- Keep kids away from group settings
- Avoid visits to long-term care homes and other care settings (unless you are essential)
Practice good infection prevention and control, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- Increase cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces, such as toilets, faucet handles, doorknobs, countertops, etc., using regular household cleaners
- Avoid sharing toothbrushes, cutlery, drinks/water bottles and towels
Those who feel unwell and believe they have symptoms related to COVID-19 should contact York Region Public Health or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.
For additional information on COVID-19, visit
York Region's website.
Metrolinx is bringing customers an improved and remodelled Rutherford GO Station with a six-storey parking structure, a new station building and customer amenities. The temporary road detour remains in place south of Rutherford Rd between Barhill Road/Westburne Drive and Peter Rupert Avenue until the project is complete in 2022. To learn more, please visit
For more construction updates, visit
New collections have been added to the digital corporate art gallery. Citizens are now invited to take a virtual tour of the popular Plant Earth Series: Treescapes, Waterscapes and Earthscapes.
You can also browse through the latest art installment – SYMBOLIC EXPRESSIONISM | Reflections on Jewish Heritage – recently added to the collection as well.
The exhibitions can be viewed on
As the weather begins to get warmer and more people are home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Vaughan is reminding pet owners that picking up after your dog is not just the neighbourly thing to do, it’s the law. By-laws are in place to keep the community safe and clean.
With understanding and some simple precautions, residents can learn to safely coexist with the wild animals who share our backyards. Some tips include:
Be wildlife aware:
Know your wildlife neighbours and keep a safe and respectful distance from wild animals.
Do not invite unwanted house guests:
Keep your home properly sealed to exclude wildlife.
Be a responsible pet owner:
Free-roaming pets are vulnerable to a multitude of dangers.
Do not feed wildlife:
Directly or unintentionally feeding a wild animal will increase its tolerance to people and pets.
What to do if a coyote or fox approaches you:
- Stop: Pick up children and small pets.
- Stand still: Never run from a coyote or fox.
- Make yourself big: Wave your hands above your head.
- Be loud and assertive: Shout, stomp your feet and clap your hands.
- Slowly back away: Be assertive as you leave, so the animal knows it is not welcome.
Please note it is not legal to move coyotes or other wildlife more than 1 km, as per provincial regulations. For more information or to report a wildlife incident please contact Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281. F
or more information, please visit
The Way We Were: Archives Collection of the Month
With all the public transportation infrastructure upgrades occurring in Vaughan, it seems appropriate to take our archive photo of the month back to the building of the original railway. The photo shows teams at work in 1908 constructing the Canadian Pacific Railway through Vaughan Township. The CPR was founded in 1881 and its goal was to link Canada's populated areas with the relatively unpopulated West. It was completed on Nov.7, 1885 - six years ahead of schedule - when the last spike was driven at Craigellachie, B.C.
Upcoming Council and Committee Meetings
Electronic-participation Committee and Council meetings continue. While Vaughan City Hall remains closed to the public, citizens are encouraged to participate virtually.
Learn more about
speaking to Council
regarding items on an agenda.
Transportation & Infrastructure Taskforce
Committee of the Whole (1)
Heritage Vaughan Committee
Committee of the Whole (2)
Committee of the Whole (Closed Session)
Older Adult Task Force
Effective Governance & Oversight Task Force
Accessibility Advisory Committee
Updated meeting calendar and information