As one of Canada's most diverse communities, Markham enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. The city has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards. A municipality of more than 345,000 residents centrally located in the Greater Toronto area, Markham is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,100 high tech and life sciences companies.
A key part of Markham's success is that the city appeals to an upscale, well-educated and culturally diverse population. The demographic profile of the city shows the mother tongue breakdown as 40% English, 33% Chinese, 12% South Asian and 15% other (2011 Census). Throughout Markham, residents have the opportunity to enjoy award-winning community centres and libraries, top-performing schools, prestigious neighbourhoods, world-class theatre, unique cultural celebrations and the charming heritage districts of Unionville, Thornhill and Markham villages.
Markham is home to high-quality healthcare services through the expanded Markham-Stouffville Hospital and to a premium post-secondary educational research and training facility, Seneca College.
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