Vaughan is well known for its slogan “The City Above Toronto”. Indeed its southern border Steeles Avenue, is also the north boundary for the City of Toronto. Very competitive commercial and industrial tax rates, and excellent transportation corridors, have helped Vaughan attract a large manufacturing and industrial base. This has created jobs which in turn has helped attract many new residents to this city.
Vaughan is the only municipality in York Region that has City status. Vaughan has a population of approximately 297,000 residents and growing. The four main population centres in Vaughan are:Kleinburg, Maple, Thornhill and Woodbridge. Tourists and visitors from across the Greater Toronto Area, come to Vaughan, to view the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, for the shopping at Vaughan Mills or to spend the day at Canada’s Wonderland.
The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre which is the early stages of construction consists of a 100 acre parcel of land bound by Hwy. 400 on the west, Jane St. to the east, Portage Pkwy. on the north and Hwy. 7 to the south. This master planned community is one of the biggest mixed commercial-residential projects in Canada. The vision is for Vaughan Metropolitan Centre to have a downtown core feel with high density urban living featuring high-rise condos and townhomes together with entertainment venues, a hotel, parks and easy access to public transit.