May 20, 2015 – Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities – Province supports new York University – Markham Centre Campus in Partnership with Seneca College: Ontario is helping more students pursue a postsecondary education, developing the talent and skills of our people and growing the province’s economy by supporting a new York University – Markham Centre campus in partnership with Seneca College.
The new York University – Markham Centre campus will serve an estimated 4,000 students in York Region, with the potential for more students over time. As a university/college partnership, the campus will offer a broad range of programs that incorporate experiential learning with an academic focus on business, arts and social sciences. It will also be close to local transit options and other facilities such as sports fields, the YMCA and the Atos Markham Pan Am / Parapan Am Centre.
In March 2014, the province released a competitive call for proposals to postsecondary institutions for new projects that would serve areas of the province where future demand for undergraduate education will be strong and where gaps in access are expected. The joint proposal from York University in partnership with Seneca College for a Markham campus was selected following a transparent and competitive process by an evaluation panel.
In spring 2016, Ontario will also issue a second targeted call for proposals for a postsecondary facility to serve the growing demand for postsecondary options in Peel and Halton regions. After York Region, Peel and Halton are the fastest-growing areas of the province and are currently underserved in terms of local postsecondary capacity.
Expanding the province’s world-class postsecondary education system supports the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history, investing in people’s talents and skills, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- In 2014, the province issued a call for proposals to postsecondary institutions to expand or create new enrolment capacity in areas where demand for undergraduate education will be strong and gaps in access are expected.
- An evaluation panel unanimously ranked the York University – Markham Centre proposal first among the proposals they assessed.
- The proposal also received strong support from the City of Markham, York Region, area employers and other key partners.
- The new Markham campus will be located north of Highway 407 between Kennedy Road and Warden Avenue in York Region.
- Population growth over the next 20 years is expected to be concentrated in areas in and around the City of Toronto, including York, Peel and Halton Regions
- Currently, the combined 18-24 year old population of Halton/Peel is almost 200,000 and is anticipated to grow by almost 20 per cent by 2035.
- The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will be working with postsecondary institutions to update its inventory of capital projects that may address provincial priorities beyond major expansion, such as campus renewal and innovative approaches to talent, skills and training.