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Ontario Supporting First University Campus In York Region

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Ontario Supporting First University Campus In York Region

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is investing in a new York University campus in Markham--the first university campus in York Region--that will expand postsecondary education opportunities for students and families and help equip students with the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow. 

Michael Chan, MPP for Markham--Unionville, was joined by Steven Del Duca, MPP for Vaughan, and Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges--Markham to make the announcement today at the Markham PanAm Centre.

The new university campus will serve an estimated 4,000 students in York Region, with the potential for more students over time. The campus will offer a broad range of business, arts and social science-related programs, and provide students with opportunities for research, experiential learning and collaboration to help them prepare for the highly skilled jobs of the future.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in more postsecondary options for students and families is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $127 million to build the new York University campus in Markham.
  • Following an open call for proposals, York University's proposal to build a Markham-Centre Campus was selected in May 2015 by the province.
  • The City of Markham is the fourth-most populous community within the Greater Toronto Area, York region's most populous municipality and Canada's 16th largest city.
  • The new Markham campus will be located north of Highway 407 between Kennedy Road and Warden Avenue in York Region.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts the gross domestic product by $114 million, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors.
  • York will offer both undergraduate and graduate programs at this new campus and will also partner with Seneca College to offer several joint academic programs that will showcase the strengths of each institution.

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“By supporting this university campus, our government is bringing more postsecondary education opportunities to Markham. A new campus will meet the growing needs of this rapidly expanding population and will support Ontario’s highly skilled workforce of the future.”

Deb Matthews

Ontario’s Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Minister Responsible for Digital Government

“This is a thrilling and transformative day for our community here in Markham. Our government’s multi-million dollar investment in this beautiful new campus delivers on our commitment to expand post-secondary education options in high-growth locations and will offer thousands of students a broad range of programs from which to learn, experience, grow and prepare for the future, close to home.”

Michael Chan

MPP, Markham-Unionville

“With this announcement of dedicated funding to our new Markham Centre Campus, York University and our partners are one important step closer to opening its doors in 2021. The $127M in funding from the Government of Ontario will ensure we are able to meet the growing demand for access to leading-edge post-secondary education in York Region, partner with local businesses and industry to provide unique experiential learning opportunities for our students, and contribute to the expansion of the Region’s major economic clusters. We are delighted that Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario government are dedicated to the success of our new York University campus in Markham Centre.”

Mamdouh Shoukri

President and Vice-Chancellor, York University

“We have been working in collaboration with York University to get the new campus built in Markham. I applaud the Provincial government for their financial support, making our dream a reality. This new campus will help build a vibrant cultural and academic hub within Markham and York Region. Markham is already home to Canada's tech and life sciences leaders and this addition of a world class University will allow us to attract and retain some of brightest minds in the world, work with industry leaders on research and development, support and grow our local talent pool and provide opportunities for students to thrive in their local community.”

His Worship, Frank Scarpitti

Mayor, City of Markham

“A university campus has been identified as the top economic priority for York Region. The $25-million investment our council is making to support a York University campus in Markham is an investment in our people, the economy and our future. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to advance this important project.”

Wayne Emmerson

Chairman and CEO, Regional Municipality of York

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