A multicultural community boasting over 65 cultures and languages, Markham is the most diverse municipality in Canada, with 72.3% of its population part of visible minority groups.
The City of Markham by the numbers:
- A land area covering 211.53 square kilometers,
- a population of over 350,000,
- 207 sports fields,
- 126 soccer fields,
- 81 baseball diamonds,
- 65 tennis courts,
- 12 golf courses,
- 10 indoor skating facilities,
- 7 bocci courts,
- 4 bowling greens,
- 2 cricket pitches, and
- 2 rugby fields.
The Silicon Valley of the North
The High-Tech Capital of Canada, Markham has the highest concentration of high-tech and life science businesses in Canada: over 1,100. It also boasts various Fortune 500 companies.
Markham is the hub for Canadian industry leaders. Included are well-known names such as Apple Canada, IBM Canada, Hewlett Packard, Toshiba of Canada Limited, Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc, SMTC Manufacturing Corporation, AMD, AT&T Canada, Lucent Technologies, GEAC, and Compaq Canada Inc. These organizations are engaged in research & development, robotics, software, electronics, communication, pharmaceuticals, health care, manufacturing, and distribution.
The Rest of Markham
Not only the cornerstone of IT in Canada but also a city dedicated to preserving its natural beauty, the City of Markham has won three notable awards:
- The first recipient of the Prince of Wales Heritage Award (2000), honoring local government for preserving heritage buildings.
- The 2008 Sustainable Municipality Gold Award for having the highest waste diversion rate of 69.7% of any urban municipality in Canada.
- The 2008 Bronze Promotion Award for the portable EcoMedia bins used at special events.
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