In 2015, the Government of Ontario gave the thumbs up to York University’s new Markham Centre campus. York beat 26 other hopefuls with their proposal to build a new campus in the city of Markham.
May 20, 2015 – “Today, I’m pleased to announce, after careful consideration, York University’s proposal for a new campus in Markham – in collaboration with Seneca College, York Region and the City of Markham – has been selected,” said Reza Moridi, Ontario minister of training, colleges and universities, to much applause and a standing ovation.
“I’m absolutely delighted that there will soon be a campus on this exact site. A campus here in York Region has always been part of the plan,” said York University President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri to the capacity crowd. “We are delighted that Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario government have recognized the strong merits of building a York University campus in York Region.”
The new campus will be built north of Highway 407, between Kennedy Road and Warden Avenue, in the city of Markham, providing easy access to transit, major employers, research centres and the Markham Pan Am Centre. The site will be an integral part of a developing urban centre that will provide many amenities to students. It will also leverage infrastructure investments already made by government and will draw on private- and public-sector partnerships.