The source from which Markham draws its name is rich in both resonance and history. In 1791, the Township of Markham was named after William Markham, the Archbishop of York. In 1872, Markham was incorporated and grew to a population of 1,100 by 1891. Increased economic ties with Toronto led to the demise of the farm villages after the turn of the century. Beginning in 1945, the face of Markham began to change rapidly. It was no longer a community whose inhabitants worked locally. Rural Markham disappeared in the face of tremendous urban growth. Throughout this phenomenal growth, Markham’s roots endured.
Still rich in fertile farmland, Markam stands as Canada’s pre-eminent high technology center, known worldwide for innovative products and services. Today, Markam is well known as “Canada’s High-tech Capital.”