Markham takes ‘unique approach’ to growing economy

Markham is seeking community input as it develops a five-year road map to ensure it remains a key player in the country’s innovation economy.

“The City of Markham is taking a unique approach in developing a combined economic development and culture strategy that recognizes the important role arts, culture and creativity play in building a community that attracts talent for innovative companies,” Mayor Frank Scarpitti says.

The new Economic Development and Culture Strategy will identify goals, targets and actions that will guide the City’s collaborations with businesses, artists, creators, not-for-profits, post-secondary institutions and community members with the goal of growing its economy on a foundation of arts, culture and innovation.

“This important work will shape the work and collaborations the City will pursue to ensure Markham’s position as an important part of Canada’s innovation economy,” Scarpitti says. Markham boasts Canada’s second-largest tech cluster and largest cluster of semiconductor companies. It’s also home to an arts and culture community that includes creators, performers and innovators.

As part of the strategy development process, it will hold workshops, pop-up sessions and one-on-one meetings and interviews, and conduct business and community surveys to obtain feedback from residents, businesses, artists, creators, not-for-profits, post-secondary institutions, community members and key partners. To learn more and provide your input, visit

Photo of the IBM Innovation Space at the Markham Convergence Centre courtesy of the City of Markham. 

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