MARKHAM, ON – March 24, 2020 – The Ontario government has ordered all non-essential workplaces to close down by 11:59 PM tonight to help break the chain of transmission of COVID-19.

The City of Markham will continue to deliver essential services that maintain public safety and fulfill legislative requirements.

The essential services that will continue to be offered by the City include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Curbside organic, garbage and recycling collection according to the 2020 Collection Schedule
  • Customer service at 905.477.5530, customerservice@markham.ca or via web chat at markham.ca
  • Markham’s Emergency Operations Centre
  • Fire and emergency services
  • Water testing, monitoring and flushing for water quality purposes
  • Winter maintenance and road patrols
  • Parking enforcement related to public safety and accessible parking

View a complete list of City services being offered during the COVID-19 outbreak at markham.ca/covid19.


All City facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. City-produced events have been cancelled through to May 15 and will be rescheduled, as appropriate. Residents are encouraged to use our online services at markham.ca/OnlineServices.

Everyone is urged to stay home and practice physical distancing – also known as social distancing – to help protect themselves and their loved ones. Keep at least two-metres distance and suspend all non-essential travel.

Residents are also reminded that playgrounds should not be used. Playground equipment is not sanitized.

Although the delivery of our services have been modified, our elected officials and City staff are still hard at work, and are committed to continuing to provide essential services to our community.

Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation go out to our healthcare workers and those working on the frontlines, who are working around the clock to help combat and get us through COVID-19.

Together, we will do our part to help break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 in our community, and protect our seniors and vulnerable populations.

Related Resources

Listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and events.


MARKHAM, ON – March 24, 2020 – The Ontario government has ordered all non-essential workplaces to close down by 11:59 PM tonight to help break the chain of transmission of COVID-19.

The City of Markham will continue to deliver essential services that maintain public safety and fulfill legislative requirements.

The essential services that will continue to be offered by the City include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Curbside organic, garbage and recycling collection according to the 2020 Collection Schedule
  • Customer service at 905.477.5530, customerservice@markham.ca or via web chat at markham.ca
  • Markham’s Emergency Operations Centre
  • Fire and emergency services
  • Water testing, monitoring and flushing for water quality purposes
  • Winter maintenance and road patrols
  • Parking enforcement related to public safety and accessible parking

View a complete list of City services being offered during the COVID-19 outbreak at markham.ca/covid19.


All City facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. City-produced events have been cancelled through to May 15 and will be rescheduled, as appropriate. Residents are encouraged to use our online services at markham.ca/OnlineServices.

Everyone is urged to stay home and practice physical distancing – also known as social distancing – to help protect themselves and their loved ones. Keep at least two-metres distance and suspend all non-essential travel.

Residents are also reminded that playgrounds should not be used. Playground equipment is not sanitized.

Although the delivery of our services have been modified, our elected officials and City staff are still hard at work, and are committed to continuing to provide essential services to our community.

Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation go out to our healthcare workers and those working on the frontlines, who are working around the clock to help combat and get us through COVID-19.

Together, we will do our part to help break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 in our community, and protect our seniors and vulnerable populations.

Related Resources

Listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and events.