York University – Markham Centre

Thanks to the Ontario government, York University will bring a new, 21st century campus to the vibrant and growing Markham Centre, in collaboration with its partners, the City of Markham, The Regional Municipality of York and Seneca College.  

In direct response to increasing demand for high-quality education in Ontario’s new economy, the campus will offer professionally-relevant academic programs and workplace-based learning opportunities to over 4,000 students. With easy access to transit, major employers and research hubs, the York University Markham Centre will be a truly integrated, urban campus.

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Opportunities for students

  • This campus will be home to 4,000 students within 6 years.
  • Offering a wide range of degree programs including diverse professional programs that encourage research and innovation at all levels.
  • Providing a full suite of student services catering to some of the brightest, most ambitious minds of our future.
  • York Region’s robust growth means that students will have workplace-based learning opportunities while they study, and job prospects when they graduate.

Choosing the right place

  • Markham was selected as York University’s preferred municipality following a rigorous selection and review process.
  • The proposed site will be at the core of a robust urban centre with easy access to transit, major employers, research centres, the Markham Pan Am Centre, and more.

Leveraging partnerships

  • Partnering with York Region, and the City of Markham, the new campus will host a few joint programs with Seneca College, creating innovative opportunities for new types of programs.
  • Working with significant economic clusters already present in York Region – including information and communication technology, life sciences and healthcare technologies, financial and insurance services, and clean technology.
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York Region

York Region is at the centre of Ontario's new economy.

York Region NEEDS a university campus

  • York Region is one of the fastest-growing major urban areas in Ontario.  The population is expected to grow from 1.1 million today to 1.5 million by 2031.
  • York Region has a large and growing population of young people aged 18-21.The projected growth in this age group is larger than in any other region in Ontario.
  • York Region is the only region of its size in North America without a university campus.
  • York Region families have shown that they value higher education 59.7% of young people in York Region go on to attend university – the highest percentage of any region in the province.

Growth in population aged 18-21, 2013 to 2036.

Region Population Growth
York Region 18,491
Peel Region 17,509
Halton 12,728
Toronto 12,369
Durham 4,306
Rest of Ontario -19,410
Source: Ontario Ministry of Finance

A York University campus will benefit York Region and help it to grow

  • Answers a key economic priority. A university campus has been identified as the top economic priority  for York Region in the Region’s Economic Development Action Plan.
  • Delivers on York Region’s vision for the future. This proposal aligns with York Region’s vision for the future: as stated in York Region’s Vision 2051 long-term planning document.
  • Provides education that prepares students. To meet the evolving needs of York Region students and employers, York University will offer degree programs including diverse professional programs.
  • Fosters innovation. A state-of-the-art campus will be home to innovative educational and research programs designed to meet regional needs and maximize regional impacts.
  • Builds the community. Working together, forming partnerships, sharing knowledge and creating opportunities for commercialization and jobs will maximize research outcomes in areas as diverse as entrepreneurship, health, IT, literacy, education, culture, sustainability, and social justice.
  • Aligns with the needs of regional employers. York Region is projected to create 280,000 jobs from 2010 through 2030. York Region’s major economic clusters are vital to the success of Ontario’s economy.

York University

York University offers a high-quality academic experience that is helping to shape the global thinking and thinkers that will define tomorrow.

What sets us apart

  • York is the 3rd largest university in Canada.
  • Recognized for our unwavering commitment to excellence reflecting a rich diversity of perspectives and a strong sense of social responsibility.
  • Globally recognized research centre partnered with 280+ universities worldwide.
  • Over 200 innovative programs and over 5,000 courses on our two campuses.
  • Attracts 5,000+ students from 171 countries across the world.
  • Top-notch professors in York’s 11 Faculties and 27 research centres are preparing our students to think bigger, more broadly and more globally.
  • York University grads get jobs. Over 92% of our graduates are employed within 6 months after graduation.

York University is already York Region’s university

  • MORE York Region young people choose to attend York University than any other university.

  • 11% of York Region residents aged 18-24 are York University students.

  • 50,000 York University alumni live in York Region.

  • 1,900 York University staff and faculty live in York Region.

  • 1,600+ York Region employers recruit from York University every year.

  • 30 active research collaborations in York Region with significant projects involving Markham Stouffville Hospital, IBM, PowerStream, and Southlake Regional Health Centre.

  • Innovation York, the University’s office for commercialization and industry liaison, is located at the Markham Convergence Centre.