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Product Showcase - Jul2020

New and noteworthy products for July 2020

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New and noteworthy products for July 2020

Custom cabinetry

JH Kitchens is a family-owned business that has been operating for almost 10 years. Their team of experts specialize in custom cabinetry and design, and work with you to meet your every need. From the initial stages of consultation, home visits, follow-ups, and installation, they are dedicated to working with each and every client to achieve exactly what they envision to be their dream kitchen. They offer the highest quality, with a diverse selection of designs, at the best price. Their primary goal is to ensure our customer’s complete satisfaction.


Single pull-down kitchen faucet

The Delta Junction kitchen faucet enhances the modern kitchen with its crisp, geometric lines and standout style. Choice of finish includes Chrome, Arctic Stainless and Matte Black.


Smooth & sleek

Scratch, stain and heat resistant, Caesarstone quartz is not only perfect for bathroom countertops and vanities, but also wall claddings, flooring, accents and more. Pictured here is 4003 Sleek Concrete from Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection. This smooth surface creates a calming effect in this spa-like bathroom.


Architectural Plus Window Series

The Casa Bella Architectural Plus Series vinyl window offers superior performance, stunning design and unique options that not only make this window style the ideal choice but also a sound investment. A deeper 4-9/16-in. frame combined with Super Spacer technology make this window one of the best thermal performers in the industry.



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Mason Homes welcomes you back to the Parklands community in Peterborough

Mason Homes welcomes you back to the Parklands community in Peterborough

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Mason Homes welcomes you back to the Parklands community in Peterborough

As the province continues to allow more and more businesses to re-open, Mason Homes is pleased to welcome you back to Peterborough’s most popular masterplanned community. With physical distancing and extra health and safety precautions in place, the Parklands Sales Centre has re-opened to the general public and more than new spectacular model homes are available to preview today as they prepare for the official Grand Opening, which is scheduled to happen later this summer.

If you’re looking to move sooner rather than later, Mason’s Arbours community boasts a variety of quick occupancy homes, where you can choose from a selection of quality features, finishes and a host of value-added upgrades.

Nature in mind

A blending of small town charm, together with an endless offering of city amenities and convenience at your door, ensures that Mason Homes’ Parklands community remains a one-of-a-kind concept in master-planned design. Showcasing a complete product mix of home styles – from detached singles to townhomes, including lifestyle Condo Villa towns.

Parklands has a home to suit every lifestyle and budget. Set along people-friendly streetscapes and richly landscaped boulevards, where numerous paths and trails meander through preserved woodlands linking to neighbourhood parks with wonderful ponds and extensive landscaping. Just steps to shopping, schools, recreation, leisure, transit and more, and is a quick drive to cottage country to the north. Little wonder the Parklands, with the adjoining Arbour Condo Villas, has become the address of choice for those looking to settle down without settling for less.

A choice of popular ‘classic’ and ‘courtyard’ designs

Inspired by early-Ontario’s rich architectural heritage – which is a common and well appreciated design theme found throughout Parklands – residences are available in a choice of Mason Homes’ popular rear lane Courtyard and Classic bungalow and bungalow and loft home styles. Both offer a variety of lifestyle advantages that are perfect for first-time and empty nesters, young families, professional couples and singles alike.

Mason Homes’ Courtyard Collection designs are the perfect complement to your easy living lifestyle. Open concept, well-planned interiors offer every convenience close at hand and are perfect for first-time buyers, young families, professional couples, singles or even move down buyers. The convenience of the rear lane garage provides not only access to your home but creates an inviting rear courtyard oasis to be enjoyed with minimal maintenance and upkeep. The Classic Collection homes showcase an exceptional offering of Mason Homes’ signature exterior elevation styles including early Ontario inspired Arts & Crafts, Colonial and Victorian architectural detailing. Each home style is available in a range of professionally designed exterior colour palettes and showcases recessed front garages that are integrated in the design of the home.

Wider lots allow for welcoming porches and an abundance of sun-filled windows at front and rear, as well as spacious back yards. No matter what home style or design you choose, in true Mason Homes’ fashion, each residence showcases the finest in features and finishes with flowing, open concept interiors that are sun-filled, bright and spacious. Design highlights include soaring nine-ft. main floor ceilings, convenient main floor master retreats, gourmet-inspired kitchens, inviting great rooms with available gas fireplaces, direct access single and double car garages, main floor laundry rooms and optional finished basements. To take full advantage of this wooded setting, a limited number of rear yard walkouts are also available.

Both Parklands and The Arbour Condo Villas deliver affordable luxury by combining cutting-edge building products and technology with a variety of today’s most requested features and finishes. And as with every new Mason home, each residence is built to Energy Star standards, offering you more comfort, less energy consumption, and total peace of mind for today and the years ahead. With quick closings available, homes at Parklands and The Arbour Condo Villas range from 1,068 to 2,536 sq. ft., with a choice of two-, three- and four-bedroom layouts. Prices start from the high $300,000s.

The Mason Homes advantage

Celebrating more than 55 years of excellence in development, design and new home construction, Mason Homes remains one of Ontario’s most successful and forward-thinking new-home builders.


Visit the new sales office, open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays. To book your private appointment, call 705.741.3676, visit the website, or email.


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Back in the saddle - e-bike style

Back in the saddle – E-bike style

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Back in the saddle – E-bike style

There’s an old adage that goes something like: “It’s like riding a bike,” meaning, once you learn, you never forget.

But maybe it’s been years since you’ve used your pedal power, and you’re a little hesitant to climb back in the saddle.

Park those doubts right now, and jump on board with the biggest trend in cycling these days – E-bikes.

Among the 45-plus crowd, especially, these high-tech whips are surging in popularity.

Indeed, E-bikes are becoming so popular that The Toronto International Bicycle Show, a biannual consumer exhibition running for 34 years, this year rebranded to become The Toronto Bicycle Show and E-Bike Expo. E-bike exhibitors have multiplied every year – from five in 2016 to 24 in 2019.

“Things are growing very quickly, with double digit growth year-over-year for the past several seasons,” says Pete Lilly, owner of Sweet Pete’s Bicycle Shop, a Toronto retailer with three locations. “At Sweet Pete’s in downtown Toronto, we’ve seen our year-over-year E-bike sales double the past four years.”

Major manufacturer Trek Bicycle says E-bikes are the company’s fastest growing category in terms of sales and product development.

“We are seeing consistent growth both in volume and in ways an E-bike can change someone’s life,” Taylor Cook, Canadian marketing manager for Trek, told Active Life Magazine.

The 45-plus age group is dominating E-bike growth at Sweet Pete’s. “It’s a good way to get back into cycling if someone has parked their bike for a few years,” says Lilly.

“They’re the great equalizer,” adds Cook. “If your partner is an avid cyclist and you aren’t, E-bikes allow you to ride together.”

E-bikes 101

By now, you may be wondering exactly what an E-bike is. Basically, they fall into three classifications:

  • Class 1, pedal assist, with a top assisted speed of 32 km/h
  • Class 2, pedal assist with a throttle, also running up to 32km/h
  • Class 3, pedal assist, with a top assisted speed of 45 km/h. These are currently not allowed in Canada.

Trek, for example, makes only Class 1 E-bikes.

“Our approach is that it is, first and foremost, a bicycle, amplified with electronics,” says Cook. “This means that as soon as you stop pedalling, the motor stops assisting. Thirty-two km/h is the maximum amount the motor will assist you to. However, you can ride faster than that under your own power. It also means it is a normal riding experience for people who are new to E-bikes, and you can ride the bike with the motor completely off – which is great if you run out of battery.”

The anatomy of an E-bike involves three major components

  • Motor, usually located in the crank area near the pedals
  • Display or controller, usually up on the handlebars, showing your E-bike’s settings, battery power, speed and distance
  • Battery, usually integrated into the downtube (the angled part of the frame connecting the handlebars and front forks to the pedal area); the more watt hour (Wh) in the battery, the more power at your disposal

E-bikes initially made their way into the market sort of as a fringe category, often with large, clunky models that were more of a novelty. Now, you can find E-bikes in virtually every category – mountain, hybrid, road and even cargo bikes – and most large manufacturers are along for the ride.

No matter what your interest may be – from just wanting to get back into cycling, to tackling some rough terrain, running errands without the car or getting out for long journeys – E-bikes can help make it all happen.

“From a commuting standpoint, E-bikes are great tools to get to work consistently, without dripping in sweat, and are way more fun than sitting in traffic,” says Cook. “We just launched the Domane LT+, which is our first E-road bike in Canada, and our e-MTB category continues to evolve and see consistent growth.”

Expect the E-bike market to continue to grow.

“The technology changes fast, so there is a constant flow of new products, and product lines are getting more robust,” says Cook. “We doubled our E-bike business in each of the last two years, and expect to again in 2020. In three years, the technology is only going to get smaller, more integrated, more connected and offer more possibilities for people everywhere. It’s extremely exciting.”

With an E-bike, no ride is too long, no load too heavy and no place your legs can’t carry you.

As the saying goes, “It’s just like riding a bike.”

And it really is. Only easier.

E-bike shopping essentials

Pricing: Like anything – a car, for example – you can spend as much as you want on an E-bike. You can find some around the $1,000 mark, but an inexpensive motor in a low-quality bike can mean ongoing service needs and limited options.

The lowest price E-bike Sweet Pete’s offers is about $2,000, but most of the bikes in the category in the store are in the $3,000 to $5,000 range.

“The value of E-bikes depends on perspective,” says Lilly. “Looking at it as a bicycle, it seems expensive. Looking at it as an alternative to a car, the price seems extremely low.”

Safety: Laws in Canada say the motors must stop providing assistance when the bike reaches 32 km/hr (you can easily go a lot faster than that, downhill on a regular bike). This restriction keeps the overall speed of E-bikes at a manageable level that most riders will find safe.

“The better-quality E-bikes are designed with more safety features to prevent the bikes from feeling ‘jerky’ when power is applied to the pedals,” Lilly says. “Torque sensors allow the bikes to get up to speed in a predictable way so the bike doesn’t pull away from the rider.”

Concerns over safety are lessened when dealing with a more mature customer, he adds. “A rider who respects the fact that an E-bike has the potential for more power and speed than a traditional bike is ahead of the game, and will be safe aboard an E-bike.”

Use: What do you want to do with an E-bike? There are models designed for efficient commuting, some for carrying kids or cargo, and some for just simple comfort and fun.

Different brands will use different motors and batteries, which determine performance. “What, in the end, will be the most telling is a test ride,” Lilly says. “Giant and Trek bikes ride differently, and a test ride will speak to a rider about which one is the ‘right’ one.”

Photos: Trek Canada


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Product Showcase: Dyson

The things that Dyson does

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The things that Dyson does

Fresh, clean, and on top of technology, Dyson Canada continues to bring new products to consumers that are a step above. First it was vacuums, then cordless ones. Now there is lighting, air purifiers, fans, and – wait for it – a curling iron wrapped, not in heat, but in air. All useful, all innovative. For further information on the following products visit the website.


Getting the look without extreme heat

The Dyson Airwrap multi-styler curls, waves, smooths, and dries your hair without excessive heat. And with powerful airflow and controlled heat, you can dry and style your hair from damp at the same time. Featuring multiple attachments, any look is achievable, from bouncy curls to a voluminous blow out.

Intelligent lighting in multiple formats

The Dyson Lightcycle Morph combines versatility and intelligence. One light fixture with four different formats to suit your varying needs – as an indirect, task, feature, or ambient light. Engineered to support well-being, it continually adjusts with your daylight, age, and task to support optimal illumination throughout the day. With Dyson’s heat pipe technology, which draws heat away from LEDs, it maintains light quality for 60 years.

Engineered to deep clean everywhere

The Dyson V11 Absolute cordless vacuum offers powerful Dyson suction power without the hassle of a cord. It intelligently optimizes suction power and run time, sensing and adapting to all floor types, offering up to 60 minutes run time. With different attachments, it’s engineered to deep clean everywhere – from the floor to the ceiling and everywhere in between.

Staying indoors, with cleaner air

The Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link is a triple-function unit, featuring year-round air purification, while cooling you in the summer and heating you in the winter. The intelligent air purifier senses particles and gases from the air, such as PM2.5 and NO2, and traps them within its 360˚ sealed filtration system. Set it to auto-mode so it automatically removes pollutants and maintains your target temperature, whatever the season.


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Halton Hills: Milton, Acton & Georgetown all have the small town charm, and are close to the city

Milton, Acton & Georgetown all have the small town charm, and are close to the city

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Milton, Acton & Georgetown all have the small town charm, and are close to the city

Like so many other areas surrounding Toronto, Halton Hills – including Milton, Acton and Georgetown – is seeing its own spate of new development, as buyers head out of the city in search of larger homes and lower prices.

And in these areas, the predominant new housing type is still lowrise, though, also like other areas, new developments typically offer a mix of singles, semis and townhomes.

Small-town charm

Despite their proximity Toronto, these areas still boast much of their small-town charm, however. Established estate properties and historic neighbourhoods are now being joined by new masterplanned communities, including homes for young families.

Milton, the largest and fastest growing town in the area, features newer amenities such as the Mattamy National Cycling Centre and Milton Centre for the Arts to complement Kelso Conservation Area and Rattlesnake Point. And don’t forget the prized golf courses in the area, including Royal Ontario, Rattlesnake Point, Greystone, Granite Ridge, Piper’s Heath, Georgetown, Halton Country Club and Hornby Glen.

Georgetown has a notable cultural vibe, with live theatres and art galleries, including the Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre in the historical village of Glen Williams, The Gallery at the Halton Hills Library and Cultural Centre, Beaumont Mill, also in Glen Williams, and many private studios.

And who could forget Acton, perhaps most well-known for the Olde Hide House, Canada’s largest leather store? This famous leather goods retailer isn’t just a shopping opportunity, however – though it is worth the drive to Acton. Indeed, the tanning industry has been an important part of the local history since the mid 1800s, thus this heritage and the Olde Hide House are forever woven together.

For those looking for more tradition retailers, Milton, Acton and Georgetown are all a short drive from Toronto Premium Outlets, located just off Hwy. 401 at Steeles Avenue and Trafalgar Road, which opened in 2013.

Nature’s doorstep

Perhaps one of the most appealing attractions to Halton Hills is its location at nature’s doorstep – alongside the Niagara Escarpment. Besides Kelso, the area also has some of the most beautiful parks and trails in the province, including the Crawford Lake Conservation Area, the Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre and the Mount Nemo Conservation Area.

If all that isn’t enough, Milton, Acton and Georgetown are all also blessed with easy highway access. Hwy. 7, connecting Acton and Georgetown; Regional Road 8 (Steeles Avenue) between Milton and Brampton; Regional Road 25 connects Acton and Milton; and Hwy. 25 connects with Hwys. 401 and 407.

Location, location, location

Located in Southern Ontario in Halton Region, 60 kms from Toronto.


Milton 110,128;
Georgetown 42,123;
Acton 9,462.

Key landmarks

• Kelso Conservation Area

• Rattlesnake Point

• Mattamy National Cycling Centre

• Toronto Premium Outlets

• The Olde Hide House

Select housing developments


Oak Meadows by Finoro Homes


Hawthorne South Village & Soleil Condos by Mattamy Homes

Milton Village by Great Gulf

Panorama by Andrin Homes

Panorama by Canvas Developments

Panorama by Royalpark Homes

West Country by Country Homes


Hello Georgetown by Remington Group

The Chase by Eden Oak Homes


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White Kitchens are totally timeless

White kitchens are totally timeless

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White kitchens are totally timeless

To say white kitchens are popular is a bit of an understatement. Over the years, we have seen that trends are moving away from whites with the rise of colourful cabinetry and appliances, or with the return of warm wood tones. In the end white cabinets are still a sought-after mainstay. The bright, fresh look and feel of white kitchen cabinetry never really loses its appeal, and for many is the goal for their kitchen renovation.

Kitchens are the heart of the home and really should reflect your own personal style and way of living. White cabinets are always timeless, and an easy commitment with a lot of flexibility when it comes to the final aesthetics of your kitchen. Moving beyond an all white kitchen can open you up to a world of finishes, colours and inspirations that can see a bit of the current kitchen trends introduced into your space. Whether you add some dimension to your kitchen with a patterned backsplash, a great impactful floor tile, touches of coloured cabinetry or mixed metals and hardware, there are a multitude of ways to shake off the simple all-white kitchen.

Another way to change up the all-white vibe of your space is by using warmer whites for the finishes. There are an infinite number of tones and shades of whites; moving to a warmer white tone can make all the difference to your cabinetry, tile and overall look and feel of your kitchen.

As shown in these images, by using a much warmer white for one of our kitchen designs, and punching it up with a great charcoal coloured floor tile, we have added a bit of a modern feeling to a more traditional setting. In contrast, the stark white kitchen with warm walnut accents definitely conveys a more modern space.

I love the look of white mixed with wood accents. White oak is gaining popularity now as a wood finish and it pairs perfectly with white to create a great look that satisfies so many different styles and settings. You can easily introduce a wood feature in your kitchen by way of floating wood shelves, an island, countertop, wood inlay tiles for your backsplash, hardware or something as simple as barstools. Whichever way best suits your desires you’re sure to see the end result is fantastic and feels much warmer and more inviting than an all-white kitchen.

Today, the movement is more towards a streamlined look that highlights simplicity, functionality, and minimalism. Though the white-on-white kitchen has waned in popularity, white cabinetry will always be timeless. When looking for inspiration for your kitchen renovation, look to see how you can introduce a mix of colours, textures, and finishes that will create a kitchen space that keeps you moving forward trend-wise, while still giving you the white kitchen you desire!

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.



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Find your new Mattamy home today in these inspiring neighbourhoods

Find your new Mattamy home today in these inspiring neighbourhoods

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Find your new Mattamy home today in these inspiring neighbourhoods

In 1978, Mattamy Homes founder, Peter Gilgan, set out to build homes and communities that complement how people actually live – an idea he called “thoughtful design.” Since then, this belief has helped Mattamy build more than 100,000 homes across Canada and the United States. Today, Mattamy Homes is North America’s largest privately-owned home builder.

Soon, Mattamy’s story will continue its growth in vibrant North York. Mattamy will be unveiling brand new exciting detached designs. This will be a fresh opportunity to own new in the best of the city. Imagine life in Park Place on Patricia at Bathurst and Steeles.

Choose from a full collection of upscale architectural exteriors: French Chateau, English Manor, and Traditional. All the home designs blend naturally into this established North York neighbourhood. These thoughtfully designed homes come complete with nine-ft. ceilings, a gas fireplace, hardwood flooring and much more.

Register online today to buy new in the city.

Kleinburg Summit in Kleinburg

Today, Mattamy has a limited collection of 30-, 40-, 50- and 60-ft. detached homes with trendy interior finishes and incredible incentives. Discover masterplanned community living at its finest. Connect to trails, parks and walking and biking paths all right outside your door. Come explore an elegant lifestyle just north of the city.

Union Condos in Brampton

Have you ever wanted to sleep late and still get to work on time? Well, now you can.

Mattamy’s UNION Condos in Brampton is literally a short, convenient five-minute walk to the Mount Pleasant GO station – getting you downtown in slightly more than 30 minutes. Choose from one- to three- bedroom suites. Enjoy a fitness studio and entertaining lounge all right in your building. An exciting new energy is available in Union Condos.

White Pines in Bracebridge

If you want to live the cottage life all year round, then White Pines is your destination. Here, you can choose from beautiful 50- and 66-ft. two-storey homes and bungalow designs that each bring something new to the table. Nature, recreation, convenient shopping, and dining are just minutes from your front door in Bracebridge. Experience it firsthand by taking a tour of Mattamy’s Model Home to discover all the finest interior and exterior finishes available in your future home. The Muskoka lifestyle is waiting for you in White Pines.

Queen’s Common in Whitby

Mattamy’s established Whitby community offers exciting new towns and detached designs. We invite you to be part of this exciting neighbourhood filled with friendly faces and children’s laughter. Live just minutes from everything you could ever need. Connect to shopping, recreation, dining, schools, GO and public transportation. Enjoy a relaxed, full life in Mattamy’s Queen’s Common.

All Mattamy homes offer Architect’s Choice Options. These optional floorplans allow you to personalize the layout of your new home to better fit your life. Whether you’re a growing family in need of an extra bedroom, or your love for cooking calls for a chef’s kitchen, the architectural options let you own a home that’s been designed for how you live.

And with the help of a personal design consultant you’ll be guided through the beautiful features and finishes available in Mattamy’s state-of-the-art Design Studio.


Learn more about all of Mattamy’s new communities.


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Aoyuan launches M2M Spaces collection at master-planned North York community

Aoyuan launches M2M Spaces Collection at master-planned North York community

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Aoyuan launches M2M Spaces Collection at master-planned North York community

Following its initial sold-out debut, developer Aoyuan International is releasing new inventory at its landmark 8.6-acre master-planned community, M2M. One of the first projects to launch in Toronto this spring, M2M Spaces includes two- and three-bedroom townhomes and tower suites, located in the vibrant Yonge and Finch community.

Functional and private

“When we created the Spaces Collection, it was really important to us that the residences feel like single-family homes,” says Vince Santino, senior vice-president, development, Aoyuan International. “People are spending more time at home nowadays, and we recognize how important residences which are both functional and private are.

“That’s why we’re so thrilled to launch Spaces, an exciting offering which can support multigenerational families and working parents who are seeking an urban living experience without compromising space and privacy. We know that families of all sizes will enjoy the larger units, added flex spaces, exterior terraces and incredible amenities unique to M2M.”

The M2M Spaces collection consists of 25 spacious townhomes ranging from 1,000 to 1,300 sq. ft. and an additional 12 sub-penthouse units beginning at 703 sq. ft. Designed to maximize greenspace for residents, suites feature street-level entrances and views of a future new public park in the Park Collection, face inward towards private courtyard terraces in the Courtyard Collection, or offer personal rooftop terraces with an elevated park or courtyard view in the Rooftop Collection. Every suite will have access to fresh air and lush outdoor spaces, an increasingly important element in today’s urban environment.

Flexible floorplans

Flexible floorplans at M2M Spaces give residents the choice of an extended living, kitchen, and dining area. In the townhomes, another option incorporates sliding panels that open into a family room on the main level. Inside, abundant natural light streams in through large windows overlooking the greenery of the future new public park or the city skyline beyond.

To further support privacy and the needs of diverse families, residents will also benefit from the inclusion of Aoyuan’s switchable smart glass feature in the Sky Collection of sub-penthouse units. By simply flipping a switch, residents can change the transparent glass panels to transform to opaque, allowing for quiet time or increased concentration.



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Vaughan is on the move – in more ways than one

Vaughan is on the move – in more ways than one

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Vaughan is on the move – in more ways than one

Vaughan is a city on the move – quite literally, and in more ways than one. Located north of Toronto in York Region, Vaughan has long been one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada, with a population now exceeding 306,000.

Comprising the Woodbridge, Maple, Thornhill, Concord and Kleinburg communities, each with their own characteristics and enjoying their own growth, Vaughan is a hub of development and activity. Once known as the city above Toronto, it’s now “the place to be.” And with good reason.

Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

With Hwys. 400 and 407 right there, and Hwy. 7 also running through town, transportation and transit have long been important parts of Vaughan. Now they’re central to its future, with the new Vaughan Metropolitan Centre rapid transit station, the north terminus of the western section of the Toronto subway’s Line 1. It is also a major transit hub for York Region Transit and the Viva and Zum bus rapid transit services.

Economic growth is occurring in lockstep. Vaughan is now the third largest employment centre in the GTA after Toronto and Mississauga, and the largest contributor to York Region’s economy.

Manufacturing is the star economic performer here, accounting for 22 per cent of total employment, followed by construction, retail and wholesale trade, and transportation and warehousing. United Parcel Service, in fact, operates a signature shipping warehouse near Jane and Steeles.

In the near future, you can add healthcare to the mix of economic and lifestyle benefits, as the City has entered into a first-of-its-kind partnership with Mackenzie Health, York University and ventureLAB.

The City is leading the collaboration to transform an 82-acre parcel of land at Jane Street and Major Mackenzie Drive into the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct. Vaughan, York University, Mackenzie Health and ventureLAB are to study to the best use of lands surrounding the site of the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. The hospital is under construction and expected to be completed later this year.

The goal of the collaboration is for the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct to leverage resources to bring healthcare, innovation and jobs to this growing community.

Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua
Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua

“This feasibility study is an illustration of how partnerships can be truly effective when values, principles and beliefs are perfectly aligned,” says Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. “The new state-of-the-art Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be a catalyst for other uses, like medical offices, labs and research space, healthcare incubators, and education and conference rooms related to healthcare. This is where thought leaders, subject matter experts and innovators will come together to advance a shared vision of healthcare innovation. This transformational collaboration will benefit the healthcare of residents of Vaughan and beyond.”

Highrise living

Vaughan is noteworthy for a lot of condominium development taking place around new transit infrastructure, though there’s also noteworthy new lowrise communities in the area. This is where buyers come for expansive single-detached homes and large lots.

And once you’ve bought a home in Vaughan, Improve Canada will help you furnish and operate it. Located in Concord and more commonly known as the Vaughan Home Improvement Centre, the complex is a unique offering of about 400 home improvement stores.

Location, location, location

Located in the Regional Municipality of York; bounded by Brampton to the west, King to the north, Markham and Richmond Hill to the east and Toronto to the south; more than 273 sq. kms; population 306,233; includes the communities of Concord, Kleinburg, Maple, Thornhill and Woodbridge.

Key landmarks

• Canada’s Wonderland

• Kortright Centre for Conservation

• McMichael Canadian Art Collection

• Reptilia Zoo

• Vaughan Home Improvement Centre

• Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

• Vaughan Mills

Select housing developments

9560 Islington by Kingsmen Group

Abeja District Condos by Cortel Group

Boutik Condos by Bremont Homes

Festival Condos by Menkes

Festival Condos by QuadReal

Hwy 7 & Jane by Gold Park Homes

Park Avenue Place by Solmar Developments

SXSW by Primont Homes


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Construction industry to lead post-COVID-19 economic recovery

Construction industry to lead post-COVID-19 economic recovery

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Construction industry to lead post-COVID-19 economic recovery

The new home construction industry is well-positioned to play a significant role in the post-COVID-19 recovery in the GTA, Ontario and Canada, according to the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD).

“Working with our colleagues at the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders’ Associations, we have put together a roadmap for simple changes that will have a great impact to the economy,” says David Wilkes, president and CEO of BILD.

The CHBA, OHBA and BILD submitted a 20-point plan to the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee to help kick-start the Canadian economy post pandemic.

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on Canada, Ontario, and the GTA, the groups say. Millions of people lost their jobs and the economy has all but ground to a halt. As governments at all levels start to look at recovery, they will need to focus on the GTA, as the region is the engine of Canada’s economy, accounting for 20 per cent of Canada’s and 50 per cent of Ontario’s GDP.

The residential and commercial building and development industry, and the professional renovations industry, are major contributors to economic activity in the region. Collectively, they employ more than 360,000 people in the GTA, paying $22 billion in wages and generating $42 billion in investment value annually.

Unlock investments

“With all levels of government facing financial challenges and funding requests, we are providing ideas that will unlock consumer and industry construction investments that will kick-start the economy,” says Joe Vaccaro, CEO of the OHBA.

Proposed measures include transferring mortgage tenancy to the date of occupancy for new condominiums, eliminating security deposits for Ontario Land Transfer Tax on affiliated transfers and freezing municipal increases to Property Tax Reassessment and development charges.

Another proposed recommendation is to free up monies that would otherwise be stuck in such things as municipal agreements (refundable deposits paid by developers) and replace them with surety bonds, freeing up billions in potential investments that otherwise would have been parked.

Stimulate growth

“To help stimulate economic growth and keep Canadians properly housed, we will need to foster housing supply while also ensuring demand-side measures are adjusted to reflect the times,” says Kevin Lee, CEO, CHBA. “Accordingly, we recommend 30-year amortizations for insured mortgages, and adjusting the mortgage stress test for both insured and uninsured mortgages. Removing the GST on new homes purchased for 2020 and 2021 would also be a timely catalyst for new home construction.”


GTA homebuilders upbeat about post-COVID-19 recovery

Municipalities and building industry working together now to ensure housing essential after COVID-19




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