Mayor and Partners committed to YorkU Markham Camps project
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti’s Statement on the Cancellation of York University’s Markham Centre Campus
On behalf of the City of Markham, I would like to express our deep disappointment upon hearing the Provincial government’s announcement to cancel funding for York University’s Markham Centre Campus.
The campus was set to open its doors in 2021 and we were ready and excited to break ground this month, the culmination of a 5-year journey involving partnerships and extensive work by York University, City of Markham, Seneca College, York Region and the Government of Ontario. Considerable public funds have also been expended to engage the private sector to advance the project.
Markham is a key player in Ontario’s innovation corridor, home to more than 1500 tech and life sciences companies, and a highly-skilled, educated and diverse workforce. We believe York University fit with the vision we have for Markham Centre, offering leading edge, entrepreneurial programs, preparing students for the jobs of the future. The campus would have been a first in York Region, the fastest growing large municipality in Ontario and third largest business hub.
We understand the difficult process the Province is undertaking to find efficiencies, however we are committed to continued dialogue and working with all of our stakeholders to secure a post-secondary institution for Markham and York Region, to further strengthen Ontario’s position in the knowledge-based global economy. With this decision, York Region remains the only jurisdiction in North America, with more than a million people, that does not have a university.
Statement by Markham Centre Campus partners
October 26, 2018 Markham Earlier today, the main Markham Centre Campus partners met in Markham to begin a more detailed discussion about the $252 million shovel-ready project.
We remain equally committed to this vitally important project and to working together as we explore all possible options to build the campus.
The campus was designed to meet the forecasted steady increase in population growth and the demand for programs in areas like entrepreneurship, commerce, digital media and medical biotechnology, responsive to the emerging labour market needs of York Region and Ontario. In the coming weeks, we will be reviewing other means to advance our plans including any adjustments that may be needed regarding the timeline and taking into consideration the fiscal constraints of the province.
A new campus in Markham Centre will be a critical economic generator and community asset for Markham, York Region and Ontario.
We all remain steadfast in our commitment to seeing this project through to a successful completion. We are grateful for the outpouring of support from York Region residents, current and future students, the business community and the many community groups who share our belief that this infrastructure is essential, valuable and beneficial.
Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University
David Agnew, President, Seneca
Frank Scarpitti, Mayor, City of Markham
Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO, The Regional Municipality of York