Vaughan, Ontario has a population of over 280,000 people and is situated in the southern portion of the province, near Lake Ontario and close to the Canada/United States border.Itcovers over 273 square kilometres and is located close to the communities of Richmond Hill, Brampton, Markham, and Vaughan. Vaughan is part of the Regional Municipality of York (part of the Greater Vaughan Area), and offers plenty of amenities such as shopping, entertainment, schools, and parks.
The average residential sale prices in Vaughan range between $500,000 and $1,200,000. In the northern section, there are many higherpriced, newer single-family homes, as well as some condo options. Single-family homes tend to be on large lots.There are some reasonably priced commercial options (mostly retail/service) in this section, and some vacant lots. The central section has higher priced single-family homes, as well ascondo options. Retail and industrial commercial properties are available, as well as some vacant lots. The southern section has a mix of large, higher pricedsingle-family homes and manyretail/service commercial properties.
Vacancy rates in Vaughanhave remained stable over the past few years, sitting aroundless than 2%, which makes for a tight rental market. Over the past several years, rent costs have increased slightly in the city. Depending on the area of the city, rent costs for apartments can range between $1,200 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,500 for a three-bedroom (or more) apartment.
Major industries in Vaughan include manufacturing, construction, retail trade, and wholesale trade. Other industries in the city include transportation and warehousing, accommodation and food services, professional/scientific/technical services, arts/entertainment/recreation, educational services, and healthcare and social assistance. Vaughan accounts for approximately one-third of the available jobs in the York Region, and the city is home to over 10,000 businesses.City officials have created an economic development strategy that aims to increase the economic growth in the city and make it a major urban centre. Vaughan’s unemployment rate tends to sit between4% and 5% each year, which is lower than national averages.
Public transportation in the city is operated by York Region Transit, which has a fleet of buses that service over 20 routes throughout the city at all times of the day, and many are accessible for those with children, disabilities, or mobility issues. York Region Transit’s two major terminals in Vaughan are Promenade Terminal, located at the Promenade Mall, and Vaughan Mills Terminal, located at Vaughan Mills Mall. York Region Transit also operates Viva bus rapid transit, which connects the city with Vaughan Transit Commission subway routes. The city is also serviced by GO Transit (train), which can be accessed using connecting bus routes.
There are three school boards operating public elementary and secondary schools in Vaughan. These are the York Region District School Board, the York Catholic District School Board, and the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud (French schools). Some examples of public schools in the area include Charlton, Lorna Jackson, Maple Creek, Blue Willow, Fossil Hill, Yorkhill, Ventura Park, Emily Carr Secondary School, Vaughan Secondary School, and École élémentaire catholique Le-Petit-Prince. There are also a number of private schools in the city. Post-secondary institutions in the city and surrounding areas include the RCC Institute of Technology, which offers programs in business, technology, and design; as well as Brooklyn College, Thompson Career College, Evergreen College, and Seneca College in Markham. Vaughan offers additional post-secondary options such as the University of Vaughan, Ryerson University, and Wilfrid Laurier University.
Vaughan is home to Canada’s Wonderland, a 130-hectare theme park that features a number of rides, waterslides, rollercoasters, and attractions. The park offers something for people of all ages, including live entertainment, special events, and kid-friendly activities. A number of stores in the park stock specialty merchandise like sports gear, memorabilia, toys, candy, clothing, and gifts. Reptilia is a reptile zoo and education centre that offers visitors the opportunity to watch feeding sessions, educational shows, and zookeeper tours. The centre can be booked for parties, group events, and special occasions, and there is an onsite gift shop. Vaughan is also home to manyparks, historic sites, and community and recreational centres.