You will be contacted by a City of Markham staff person to schedule an appointment to review your documents and receive your licence
On the day of your appointment:
Come to the Main Entrance of the Markham Civic Centre (101 Town Centre Boulevard)
Report to Security with your name and appointment
A City of Markham staff person will come to you to collect your application documents, review the documents, and if everything is in order, issue the marriage licence to you.
Only one applicant may come to the appointment
Please wear a mask and gloves
Bring all original identification pieces and your documents in an open Ziploc bag for review by the staff person.
If you have any questions about eligibility during COVID-19, please contact the Clerk’s department at 905.477.7000 x2366 from Monday to Friday, between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
City of Markham Cemeteries
Outdoor funeral services including graveside services are limited to a maximum of 100 attendees, however the Funeral Directors must have sufficient staff present to ensure physical distancing is maintained.
To ensure continued access to our small business advisory services, the Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) will remain accessible by phone, email and web meetings for scheduled appointments.
Seminars and consultations delivered directly by Markham Small Business Centre staff will proceed as scheduled via web meeting, rather than in-person. Participants will be notified directly.
Access business resources for businesses during the COVID-19 disruption at markham.ca/msbc
Markham’s Economic Development department will continue to be operational and accessible by phone, email, and online and web conferencing during regular business hours. For more information about doing business in Markham, visit business.markham.ca
Masks, gloves and wipes go in your clear bag garbage:
Do not put in your blue box or green bin
Ensure all garbage bags are closed and secured - unbagged or loose garbage will not be collected
Do not flush any disposable or baby wipes down the toilet
Always wash your hands with soap and water after handling any waste material
Rinse your green bin and blue box regularly
For your safety and that of our waste collectors, it’s vital that you respect physical distancing – keep a distance of 2 metres (6 feet) at all times
For those who are sick with or who tested positive for COVID-19:
Place all disposable items that have come into contact with your mouth, nose or eyes into the garbage – this includes masks, gloves, recyclables such as plastic water bottles, pop cans or milk cartons and compostables such as tissues and paper napkins.
To assist in protecting our waste collectors, double-bag and tie securely.
If you have a pre-scheduled screening appointment after September 1, 2020 you are expected to attend your appointment in person.
Appointments prior to September 1st, 2020 have been contacted via email by our screening officer. If you had an appointment prior to September 1st, 2020 and you have not received an email it means we do not have updated contact information for you. Please email email@example.com to update your information. We also encourage you to check your email thoroughly (including Junk).
If you have just received a parking ticket (within the last 15 days) and do not have a confirmed screening appointment but wish to dispute your parking ticket, please proceed to "Dispute Ticket" online to request a screening review.
You can still pay your parking ticket online, by telephone or by mail at anytime.
Roads, Parks and Forestry fully operational, public safety will not be impacted. These include::
All seasonal maintenance such as street sweeping, sod repair when sod becomes available, winter maintenance of roads, sidewalks, approved parks trails, outdoor skating rinks, road signs and excess litter
24/7 emergency response for forestry safety devices, drainage, potholes, excess litter and road failures.
Litter and debris clean-up in City parks and public spaces such as trails, pathways and all City streets
Neighborhood Tree Maintenance Program – Block Pruning
All regular tree maintenance
Stump grinding and tree planting
Park facility washrooms are open seasonally from May 24 to Thanksgiving
The Tree Preservation Bylaw staff are still administering the Bylaw through review of permit applications, infill development and carrying out site inspections as required.
Tree permit applications are only being accepted through online submission at this time.
Payments may be coordinated through the Tree Preservation Technician on the associated file.
Re-submissions related to existing (pre-ePLAN) applications must be submitted through consultant’s FTP site/Dropbox, and notify the Development Services Front Counter (firstname.lastname@example.org) by email and copy the project planner.
Payments can be made by cheque using the drop box which is located outside the Markham Civic Centre (Thornhill Entrance).
Please do not leave Cash in the dropbox.
Please mark clearly that it is for the Planning & Urban Design Department. Include the AMANDA Number, purpose of the cheque and project planner.
The City of Markham approved property tax and fee relief measures to help residents and businesses experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This financial assistance includes:
Benefits for Residents
No late payment (penalty and interest) charges for residential property taxpayers from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020:
Property owners enroled in the Pre-authorized Payment Program (PTP) who are not able to fulfill the April 1, 2020 tax payment, should contact their bank to stop payment of the April 1, 2020 instalment
For PTP payments beyond April 1, 2020 there is an option to opt out of the program at least two weeks in advance of the instalment date by completing the cancellation form online
Elimination of the 2020 Stormwater Fee of $50
Deferral of the April 1, 2020 water rate increase of 7.8%
Benefits for Businesses
No late payment (penalty and interest) charges for non-residential property taxpayers from October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020
Deferral of the 2020 Stormwater Fee, a savings of $560 for a property valued at $2M
Elimination of the April 1, 2020 water rate increase of 7.8%
Suspension of the Municipal Accommodation Tax from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, to provide relief to hoteliers
Please continue to make your property tax payments on their original due dates if you are able. Property taxes are critical to ensuring that the City can continue to provide essential and necessary services to the entire community including fire services, and garbage collection as well as maintaining our infrastructure in a state of good repair.
After December 31st, 2020, penalty and interest charges will be charged on all tax accounts (including previous arrears) that are not fully paid. Penalty and interest charges will be reinstated on arrears as of January 1st, 2021.
The City of Markham offers a number of convenient ways to pay your property taxes. Taxpayers can use any of the following easy options to make tax payments:
Online through your bank
In person at your bank
By mail (cheque only)
Dropbox at the Markham Civic Centre: you can also drop off your payments in the drop box outside the Thornhill Entrance of the Markham Civic Centre. (Note: As of January 1, 2020, cash payments are no longer accepted for property taxes)
Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan: 4, 6 or 11 instalments
Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up and use ePropertyTax online services to monitor their tax accounts and complete transactions.
Stormwater Fee Deferral
Council has eliminated the stormwater fee for residential and non-residential properties in the calendar year 2020.
The 2020 stormwater fee associated with the property type is applied to the final tax bill for each property in the City of Markham:
Residential Fee: $50 per residential property
Non-Residential Stormwater Fee: $28 per $100K of Current Value Assessment (CVA)
Example: Commercial Plaza with a CVA of $2,000,000
$2,000,000 x ($28 / $100,000) = $560
A deferral will result in an additional year being added to the Flood Control Program term.
Water Rate Increase Deferral
Council has approved a deferral of the April 1, 2020 water rate increase of 7.8%. This applies to residential and non-residential properties.
NOTE: If you received a Water & Wastewater Rate Changes insert with your water bill announcing a rate increase as of April 1, 2020, please disregard this. Council’s decision to act swiftly for the benefit of our residents during COVID-19 and defer the 2020 water rate increase to 2021 was after the notice was already in production and distribution. Your bills in 2020 will still reflect the 2019 rates. If you have any concerns about your water bill, please call the Contact Centre at 905.477.5530.
Suspension of the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT)
Effective April 1, 2020, the MAT will be suspended until December 31, 2020.
Tax and Stormwater Fee Payment Deferral Program
For 2021, Markham Council has approved a new Property Tax and Stormwater Fee Payment Deferral Program to assist property owners who have been financially affected by COVID-19. This assistance is by application only and is meant to aid residential and business property owners who may require payment flexibility throughout the 2021 taxation year.
If you have questions regarding your property tax account or would like to establish a repayment plan, please contact the City at 905-477-5530 or alternatively you can send an email to email@example.com.
You can also pay by cheque using the drop box which is located outside the Markham Civic Centre (Thornhill Entrance). Please include your contact information including email address so City staff can provide a receipt.
For Development Charges that require payment by cheque, please ensure you include the bill number on the cheque. The cheque must be deposited into a drop box located outside the Markham Civic Centre (Thornhill Entrance).