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Vaughan, 2011 population 288,301 is a city in York Region north of TorontoOntarioCanada. Vaughan was the fastest-growing municipality in Canada between 1996–2006, achieving a population growth rate of 80.2% according to Statistics Canada having nearly doubled in population since 1991. Vaughan is located in Southern Ontario and is part of the Greater Toronto Area.


Vaughan is one of southern Ontario's fastest growing cities. According to Statistics Canada, the population grew 37.3 percent in a mere four-year period (more than 9.3% annually), and also has a younger age profile than the Canadian average as 22.3 percent is under the age of 14, while those over 65 constitute 8.15%, one of the lowest in Ontario resulting in an average age of 34.1.

Vaughan is reputably known as having some of the highest concentrations of southern Europeans (notably Italians), Eastern Europeans (chiefly Russians and Poles) and Jewish people in Ontario, as well as a growing Muslim community, while those who are of British and/or Irish origin form a smaller proportion than in many other southern Ontario cities.

Visible minorities make up 26.6% of the population. Vaughan has a small but growing IndianPakistaniHispanicJamaicanVietnamese and Chinese population.

Residents of Vaughan are fairly religious; the city has the lowest number of non-affiliates in Ontario. Some 67.42% of the population adheres to Christianity, mostly Catholicism (55.80%). Those who practice non-Christian religions adhere to, in order of size, Judaism (18.20%), Hinduism (2.47%), Islam (2.43%), and Buddhism (0.56%).

According to the 2011 Census, English is the mother tongue of 45.9% of the residents of Vaughan. Italian is the mother tongue for 14.1% of the population, followed by Russian (6.5%) andSpanish (2.6%). Each of Panjabi (Punjabi)Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino)HebrewPersian (Farsi)Chinese, not othewise specifiedUrduCantonese, and Vietnamese has a percentage ranging from 1.7% down to 1.4%, signifying Vaughan's high linguistic diversity.

Health Care

Vaughan is the largest city in Canada without a hospital within its city boundaries. The nearest full-service hospital facilities are Humber River Regional Hospital, to the south in Toronto, and Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital to the east in Richmond Hill.

Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital is the new hospital proposed along Major Mackenzie Drive (between Highway 400 and Jane Street) which would serve Vaughan and planning stage began in 2007. The provincial government of Ontario approved construction of the hospital in July 2011, and a tender for bids to construct it will be issued in 2014 or 2015. It will be part of a regional hospital system with a "single governance, administration and medical staff" managed by Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital.

Rutherford GO Station


Within the City of Vaughan, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), Viva (bus rapid transit), and York Region Transit (YRT) offers public transit services for the local residents. Prior to 2001, Vaughan was served by a municipal-funded transit system, namely Vaughan Transit. In 2001, the York Regional government "merged" the Vaughan Transit with 4 other municipal-managed transit systems in York Region to form York Region Transit. In 2005, York Region Transit launched Viva, which operated in parts of Vaughan on Highway 7. In addition, GO Transit provide passenger trains and shuttles to help commuters to get to their work.

The extension of the Spadina branch of the Yonge-University-Spadina Line north to Vaughan was announced by the Government of Ontario in its 2006 budget. The six proposed stations are provisionally named Sheppard WestFinch WestYork UniversityBlack Creek Pioneer VillageHighway 407 Transitway, and Vaughan Corporate Centre. This extension is scheduled to open in Fall 2016.

The GO Train (Government of Ontario Trains) operates within Vaughan, providing 2 stations across the city. The system is also known as GOT, or GTTA (Greater Toronto Transit Authority). GO Train is an interregional passenger train and passenger shuttle service (as mentioned above, see the "GO Bus" section) across Greater Toronto Area. GO Train operates on the CN line in Vaughan, and only during rush hours. The two GO stations in Vaughan are as follows:

GO Train operates only the E line (Barrie Line) in Vaughan. There are a total of 10 stations on the line. E line continues north to Barrie, while continuing south to Union Station, which also connects Via Rail, TTC bus/subway/streetcar lines, and other GO train lines.

There are no VIA train services within the city.

Main entrance of Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada - 20110717


St Elizabeth CHS


York University in North YorkOntario lies on the Toronto side of the Toronto-Vaughan border. It is a major comprehensive university, with more than 43,000 students enrolled through ten different faculties. There are also a number of Elementary and High Schools in Vaughan which operate under the York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School Board. There are also some private schools, the largest of which is the Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (TanenbaumCHAT), a Jewish day school serving over 600 high school students. There is also a Waldorf school, the Toronto Waldorf School, which offers early childhood, elementary and accredited high school programs.


Vaughan is bounded by Caledon, Ontario and Brampton, Ontario to the west, King, Ontario and Richmond Hill, Ontario to the north, Markham, Ontario and Richmond Hill, Ontario to the east, and TorontoOntario to the south. It is located at 43°50′N 79°30′W.


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