“On behalf of the City of Markham, I would like to express our deep disappointment upon hearing the provincial government’s announcement to cancel funding for York University’s Markham Centre campus,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti.
The campus was set to open its doors in 2021.
“Markham is a key player in Ontario’s innovation corridor, home to more than 1500 tech and life sciences companies, and a highly-skilled, educated and diverse workforce,” said Scarpitti. “We believe York University fit with the vision we have for Markham Centre, offering leading edge, entrepreneurial programs, preparing students for the jobs of the future. The campus would have been a first in York Region, the fastest growing large municipality in Ontario and third largest business hub.
“We understand the difficult process the province is undertaking to find efficiencies, however, we are committed to continued dialogue and working with all of our stakeholders to secure a post-secondary institution for Markham and York Region, to further strengthen Ontario’s position in the knowledge-based global economy. With this decision, York Region remains the only jurisdiction in North America, with more than a million people, that does not have a university.”