Markham Campus building starts to take shape

York University Boulevard unveiling during event at the Markham Campus

Exciting things are happening at the Markham Campus site, including progress on construction and the unveiling of a new “University Boulevard” street sign.

Construction is underway for York University’s much-anticipated Markham Campus, a state-of-the-art facility that will welcome its first students in Fall 2023. The new campus will embed York in the heart of Markham, Ont., one of the most diverse and dynamic cities in Canada and an ideal home for a community of positive changemakers. The high-quality, research-intensive campus located in the fast-growing York Region will offer opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate directly with employers, startups and community partners to right the future.

York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton and York staff recently toured the construction site with Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, city staff, and members of the Stuart Olson construction management team to see how the building is starting to take shape. The City of Markham donated a parcel of land located at Enterprise Boulevard and University Boulevard (formerly Rivis Road) worth more than $50 million towards the $275.5-million campus. York Region also committed $25 million toward the project, which is expected to generate 2,000 jobs and $350 million in immediate economic benefits.

Markham Campus site visit

Markham Campus will be built to accommodate 4,200 students and is designed to facilitate collaboration between programs and Faculties. This will promote unexpected connections and will bring people together to create positive change. Markham Campus will also be co-located with YSpace and the IBM Innovation Space.

The building will feature:

  • 10 floors of teaching and learning spaces that are clustered around a dynamic, multi-story atrium – the Bratty Family Atrium;
  • large and small common areas that are spread throughout the buildings, providing spaces for students to study, meet and collaborate; and
  • a multi-faith space, Indigenous learning circle and enhanced accessibility features that create a welcoming environment.

A “University Boulevard” street sign was also recently unveiled by Lenton and Scarpitti, solidifying the University’s place in the heart of Markham.

Learn more and stay up to date on the campus progress by visiting the refreshed Markham Campus website.