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September 25, 2018

York University’s new Markham Centre Campus set to begin construction at end of year

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The Town of Newmarket will be invited to participate on a soon-to-be created presidential advisory board for York University’s new Markham Centre Campus, set to open in fall 2021.

York University president and vice-chancellor Rhonda Lenton acknowledged that it’s time to create such a panel so that the interests of all York Region’s nine municipalities are represented.

“We’re trying to expand our research partnerships across the entire region,” Lenton said. “We consider this campus to be a York Region campus, even though it’s located in Markham.”

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Lenton appeared mid-September at a council meeting to provide updates on the progress made so far on the region’s first university. The facility’s design has been approved and construction is scheduled to begin at the end of 2018. The campus can accept up to 4,500 students in the first year, with capacity to grow enrolment to 15,000.

“The projected growth of 18- to 21-year-olds in York Region is larger than any other municipality,” Lenton said.

The focus at the $253-million facility, located west of the Markham Pan Am Centre, near Highway 407 and Kennedy Road, is highly entrepreneurial in nature and includes a mix of 20 innovative, graduate and undergraduate programs that meet areas of high demand in York Region, such as information and communications technology, life sciences and health-care technology, business and financial services, and clean technology.

Seneca College will also offer diploma programs in areas such as social service worker-gerontology and computer programming. 

The campus itself features an airy, open-concept design, high-tech equipped classrooms, and common spaces where staff and students can congregate. There are sport and recreation facilities nearby, such as the YMCA, and students can take a 15 to 20-minute walk to downtown Unionville for a wide variety of food and retail shops.

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