York University welcomes $25 million investment toward the new Markham Campus from York Regional Council


Toronto,ON, Thursday, May 17, 2018 – Today, York University welcomed York Regional Council’s authorization of a $25 million contribution toward the new Markham Centre Campus. The University has approved the $253 million design and build budget with construction set to begin this fall. The new campus will include a collaboration with Seneca College, and is expected to open in fall 2021.

“York’s new campus will be an integral part of Markham’s city centre and an innovative education hub for students, families and businesses across the fast-growing York Region,” said Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University. “York Regional Council’s generous commitment brings us closer to realizing our shared vision for this new state-of-the-art campus. The Markham Centre Campus will support our goal of ensuring students have increased access to a high-quality, research-intensive university education in the region, and will enhance our local and global connectedness and impact.”

Located in Markham near the corner of Enterprise Boulevard and Rivis Road and the Markham Pan Am Centre, the Markham Centre Campus is already serviced by 15 transit routes and is anticipated to accommodate up to 10,000 students in future phases.

“York University’s Markham Centre Campus is a significant milestone for York Region’s academic and economic future,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “When complete, the new campus will play an essential role in our economic growth by attracting new residents and businesses. Our business sector will also benefit from the number of students available to the workforce for work placements and internships.”

Last year, the Ontario government committed $127.3 million toward the cost of the new campus which will be built on approximately five acres of land contributed by the City of Markham. York is also raising funds for this important project from its alumni and friends as part of Impact - The Campaign for York University.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 25 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

 York U's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.



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Media Contact:

Anjum Nayyar, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 44543 anayyar@yorku.ca