Vaughan celebrates 25 years

Community unites to mark the City's milestone anniversary

VAUGHAN, ON, Oct. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - The community came together last night for a signature event to mark Vaughan's 25th anniversary as a city. More than 1,000 people joined Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council at Riviera Parque to pay tribute to Vaughan's heritage, celebrate its achievements and look ahead to its exciting future.

The evening began with the inaugural ceremony for the Order of Vaughan, which is the highest civic honour bestowed by the City. To commemorate Vaughan's silver anniversary, 25 citizens were appointed into the Order of Vaughan. These individuals have and continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the city.

This year we celebrate the dynamic and vibrant essence that is the City of Vaughan. With a new downtown core rising from the ground, the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, a subway on the horizon and the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital in the process of being built, the standard of living and quality of life continue to be enhanced in the city. Vaughan's evolution over the past quarter-century has been remarkable and would not have been possible without its single greatest asset – the people who live and work in the city and contribute to its continued success.

With a population of more than 325,000 people, 11,200 businesses and thousands of organizations, Vaughan has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1991, when the population stood at just over 100,000. The City of Vaughan today is the result of many people and a number of generations working together for the greater good.


"It has been quite a memorable year as we mark Vaughan's 25th anniversary. As the first city in York Region, Vaughan has experienced significant growth and transformational change throughout the last quarter-century. By working together, we have created a respected community that is recognized as one of the best places in the country to live, work and play. Our journey has been impressive and I am grateful that the community came together to share this moment in our history. We can look to the future with the knowledge that Vaughan has endless opportunities to reach new heights and I believe the best is yet to come!"
-Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua


  • To honour Vaughan's 25th anniversary, residents and visitors are encouraged to share memories, stories and pictures with the City that span over the last 25 years. Visit or the City's Facebook page to share your stories and pictures, and join the conversation on social media using #Vaughan25.
  • The City kicked off its year-long celebration with a special 25th anniversary event at City Hall in January.
  • Vaughan was incorporated as a city on Jan. 1, 1991.
  • The City is named after Benjamin Vaughan, a British diplomat.
  • Applications for the 2017 Order of Vaughan will be accepted from Nov. 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017. Nomination forms will be available online and at City Hall, all Vaughan community centres and public libraries.


ABOUT VAUGHAN: The City of Vaughan is one of Canada's fastest growing cities with a population of more than 325,000. Incorporated in 1991, Vaughan is marking its 25th anniversary as a city this year. Vaughan includes the communities of Concord, Kleinburg, Maple, Thornhill and Woodbridge. This culturally diverse municipality is located in the heart of York Region and the Greater Toronto Area.

SOURCE City of Vaughan

Image with caption: "Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council with the inaugural Order of Vaughan recipients. (CNW Group/City of Vaughan)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council cutting Vaughan’s 25th Anniversary ceremonial cake. (CNW Group/City of Vaughan)". Image available at:

For further information: Carmela Antolino, Corporate Communications, T. 905-832-8585, ext. 8077, E.


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