In this section, you can find news from selected York University divisions and links to their current initiatives, including those focused on the student experience, research and innovation activities.
Markham Street Renaming
President and Vice-Chancellor of York University, Rhonda Lenton, celebrated another milestone en route to the opening of York University’s Markham Campus by officially unveiling University Boulevard. They were joined by members of Markham City Council.
Located in Markham Centre, Markham’s growing downtown, and close to transit and transportation, University Boulevard will welcome students to the heart of York University’s Markham Campus.
York University Launches Stand-Alone Nursing Degree
The Ontario government is providing new pathways for nursing education with the launch of York University’s new stand-alone four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
The new program builds on Ontario’s recent changes allowing both publicly-assisted colleges and universities to offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing to increase opportunities for students to access a high-quality education. This includes stand-alone Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs offered at universities, colleges, and through collaborative university-college partnerships. York previously partnered with two colleges in offering this program; now each of the three institutions offer this degree independently, providing more choice and opportunity to students. Read more.
York University and Oak Valley Health to advance medical education and health research in York and Durham regions
York University and Oak Valley Heath announced a local health partnership aimed at advancing innovative medical education and research collaboration opportunities as well as improving the health and health care of citizens in Markham, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Uxbridge and beyond.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a three-year agreement On Friday, November 12, York University and Oak Valley Heath announced a local health partnership aimed at advancing innovative medical education and research collaboration opportunities as well as improving the health and health care of citizens in Markham, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Uxbridge and beyond. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a three-year agreement that sets out strategic areas of engagement and co-operation. By working together, we will create opportunities for clinical placements, continuing education, information systems integration and many more initiatives. Read more.
UNECE establishes Toronto Centre of Excellence on Youth Homelessness Prevention at York University
To support the efforts of cities and national governments in fighting the challenges of homelessness, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has established the Toronto Centre of Excellence on Youth Homelessness Prevention, the first Geneva UN Charter Centre of Excellence in North America. The Centre will be hosted by York University, co-directed by Faculty of Education Professor Stephen Gaetz, President of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH), and Melanie Redman of A Way Home Canada.
Approximately 150 million people are homeless and more than 1.8 billion people worldwide lack adequate and affordable housing. While levels of homelessness vary considerably across UNECE countries, finding sustainable solutions to ensure access to housing for all members of society remains a significant challenge. In 2020, in the United States, the number of homeless people was approximately 580,000 and at least 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness every year. Read more.
First Canadian UN Leadership Training Centre opening at York U
As a leader in the effort to build a more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable world, York University and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are proud to announce the establishment of Canada’s first Centre International de Formation des Acteurs Locaux (CIFAL).
CIFAL centres provide innovative training throughout the world and serve as hubs for the exchange of knowledge among government officials, the private sector, academia, and civil society.
York Region was selected as the new home of this global initiative. York’s Markham Centre Campus will be the proud home of CIFAL York when it is open and operational. This new partnership with UNITAR recognizes York’s leadership in advancing fundamental and applied research, innovation, and the ability to work across traditional boundaries in pioneering new approaches that will help meet society’s most urgent demands. Read more.
York U, Mackenzie Health Launch Innovative Health Collaboration in York Region
York University joins forces with Mackenzie Health in an innovative new community-focused health collaboration that will aim to enhance health services, training of highly qualified personnel, research and innovation and healthier outcomes for York Region residents, and beyond.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a two-year agreement that sets out the strategic areas of focus for engagement and cooperation: 1.) Education, Professional, and Community Development and 2.) Health Research and Innovation. The MOU identifies specific areas of mutual interest that will be explored, including health-related research, epidemiology and data sharing, clinical placements and training, professional development education for health sector workers, and digital health solutions. Read more.