A statement from the Markham Centre Campus partners

The following is a statement regarding York University’s Markham Centre Campus. It was issued on Friday, Oct. 26.

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