York University has been working to develop a path forward for our Markham Centre Campus (MCC) following the withdrawal of provincial capital funding for the project last October.
We continue to believe that Markham provides an important opportunity to advance the University’s priorities while bringing innovative academic programming to a diverse, growing and economically vibrant region.
Recently, a new business plan for the Markham Centre Campus was approved by the York University Board of Governors.
This approval allows us to continue to advance the process for the Markham Centre Campus with the Government of Ontario and our partners in the City of Markham and York Region.
This new campus presents some important opportunities for York University to serve the increasing growth needs in York Region including:
- Accommodating the projected dramatic 34% increase by 2040 in the 18-22-year-old population for York Region, the highest growth rate in the Province.
- Allowing prospective students in York Region to study closer to home while supporting the enrolment plans of several faculties and schools.
- Building on York’s already thriving presence in the City of Markham (Innovation York, YSpace, IBM Innovation Space – Markham Convergence Centre) to solidify York’s position as the provider of higher education in York Region, benefitting the University as a whole.
- Providing additional space and facilities to support new programming and faculty complement renewal, while leveraging the surrounding Markham infrastructure.
- Offering a wide range of degree programming focusing on digital technologies, entrepreneurship, new media and communications, in response to the emerging labour market needs of York Region and Ontario.
The University recognizes and is grateful for the support from York Region residents, current and future students, the business community and the many community groups who shared our belief that this new campus is essential, valuable and beneficial.