On July 1, Markham transforms from a town into a full-fledged city.
In May councillors voted unanimously to change the community's status. The municipality has a population of more than 300,000, making it the fourth largest GTA community after Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton.
"Many of the residents expressed concern that Markham will lose its quiet rural structure, but councillors argue they want to revitalize the town's image and making it Ontario's newest city will help that," reports Andrew Moran in Digital Journal
"Will Markham receive any extra benefits for the name change? According to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, there are no added subsidies or perks. There are also no requirements in terms of population or size to become a city as long as the place uses a name that doesn't already exist."
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Original source: Digital Journal