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“My foremost priority in King and Vaughan is delivering better healthcare, closer to home. That is why I have championed this critically important investment for our community that will train more family doctors to serve our growing needs. Our government is proud to fund York University’s medical school in Vaughan that will help ensure residents have access to a family doctor in the heart of our community."

— Stephen Lecce, MPP for King-Vaughan

“On behalf of the City of Vaughan, I want to thank the Premier and the Government of Ontario for today’s funding announcement for the much-needed York University School of Medicine as part of the Ontario Government’s 2024 Budget. This critical infrastructure will have far-reaching impacts on future students and patients and is foundational to one of our most ambitious projects to date: the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct (VHCP). When built, this new medical school will play a vital role in delivering more family doctors for communities like Vaughan. This is another important step forward on our journey toward becoming a leading destination for healthcare excellence. We will continue to raise the profile of the VHCP and ensure that Vaughan is recognized for health care innovation."

— Steven Del Duca, mayor, City of Vaughan

“Mackenzie Health is thrilled to partner with York University for the creation of the York University School of Medicine. The provincial government’s commitment in the 2024 Ontario Budget is a very positive step forward and we’re excited for what lies ahead. We see the need for additional primary care providers in Ontario every day; approximately a quarter of the patients who come to our Emergency Departments do not have a family doctor. Now more than ever, we need to work together to consider new ways to attract and retain primary care providers. The York University School of Medicine — located adjacent to Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital in the Vaughan Healthcare Centre Precinct, and minutes away from Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital — is well-positioned to address this challenge."

— Altaf Stationwala, president and CEO, Mackenzie Health.

“The Regional Municipality of York is home to one of the fastest growing and most diverse communities in Canada. As our communities grow, the needs of residents continue to change. The establishment of a Faculty of Medicine at York University will connect residents to more integrated health services while supporting economic growth and community health and well-being. Through collaborative partnerships and a shared commitment to advancing post-secondary opportunities, York Regional Council remains committed to connecting residents to high-quality education, and supports modern medical education as an investment in our people, the economy and our future,”

— Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO, The Regional Municipality of York

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“This unique model aligns well with our hospital’s vision of providing care beyond our walls with a commitment to serve the community beyond the boundaries of our physical facilities. We know that a more integrated and preventive model for healthcare leads to greater health equity for our diverse communities and all of the patients and families we care for,”

— Jo-anne Marr, President and CEO of Markham Stouffville Hospital.

“North York General Hospital is excited to support York University’s vision for a School of Medicine and to expand our partnership to meet our growing community’s health needs. With its commitment to interdisciplinary practice and focus on the social determinants of health, York University is positioned to play an even greater role in promoting healthy communities across the GTA,”

— Karyn Popovich, President and CEO, North York General Hospital.

“Southlake is supportive of York University’s plans for a School of Medicine. Educating the next generation of physicians and physician leaders is critically important. As the province’s healthcare system transforms to focus on integrated care delivered by Ontario Health Teams, York University’s respected approach to interdisciplinary education can help enable the shift in mindset required to support the adoption of a population health management approach in Ontario,”

— Arden Krystal, President and CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre.