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

MPP Michael Chan was joined today by Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham to make the announcement 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.

“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,” said Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University.

Ontario is investing $127 million to build the new York University campus in Markham.

“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,” said Chan.

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. Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti is ecstatic to have the York University campus approved for Markham.

“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,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti.

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.