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Markham (016 population 328,940) is a city in the Regional Municipality of York within the Greater Toronto Area of Southern Ontario, Canada.
It is located approximately 30 km (19 mi) northeast of Downtown Toronto.
The city is the fourth-most populous community within the Greater Toronto Area after Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton and is York Region's most populous municipality.
As of 2013 tertiary industry mainly drives Markham. As of 2010 "business services" employed the largest proportion of workers in Markham – nearly 22% of its labour force.
The city also has over 1,000 technology and life-sciences companies, with IBM as the city's largest employer. A number of multinational companies also have their Canadian headquarters located in Markham, including: Honda Canada, Hyundai, Advanced Micro Devices, Johnson & Johnson, Avaya, IBM, Motorola, Oracle,Toshiba, Toyota Financial Services, Huawei and Honeywell.
Indigenous people lived in what is now Markham for many thousands of years before Europeans arrived in the area.
These people include the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (the Iroquois), the Huron Wendat, the Petun and the Neutral.
It is bounded by 5 municipalities; in the west is Vaughan with the boundary along Yonge Street between Steeles Avenue and Highway 7 and Richmond Hill with the boundary along Highway 7 from Yonge Street to Highway 404 and at Highway 404 from Highway 7 to 19th Avenue and Stouffville Road.
In the south, it borders Toronto with the boundary along Steeles Avenue.
In the North it borders Whitchurch–Stouffville with the boundary from Highway 404 to York-Durham Line between 19th Avenue and Stouffville Road.
In the East it borders Pickering along the York-Durham Line.