YorkU explores expansion into York Region

April 8, 2014

York University is actively looking to establish a new campus in the York Region, announced YorkU’s President Mamdouh Shoukri at a March Senate meeting. YorkU is currently seeking a municipal partner in the region before preparing a formal proposal for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; several municipalities have already registered their interest in hosting a YorkU campus and have begun preparing presentations for YorkU representatives. “The potential for a new York University campus in York Region is one more significant development in the University’s overall York Region strategy, to forge strong connections between the University, Seneca College and all of our surrounding municipalities,” said Shoukri. YorkU has formed a steering committee tasked with planning and preparing YorkU’s proposal to MTCU. Information sessions for the YorkU community will be held in April or May. Ontario released the Major Capacity Expansion Policy Framework in December, which outlines the selection process and proposal criteria for institutions wishing to expand. YorkU News

Postscript: June 26, 2014

York University, in partnership with Seneca College, has announced that Markham Centre has been chosen as the ideal location for a new YorkU campus in Ontario’s York region. YorkU and Seneca will now prepare a formal proposal to submit to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities under the Major Capacity Expansion Policy Framework. YorkU hopes to have 5,000 students at the new campus within 5 years of its opening. YorkU News Release | Seneca News