RICHMOND HILL – At their meeting on Monday, April 7th, members of the Richmond Hill Council directed staff to present Richmond Hill as a location of the new campus for York University and Seneca College. As one of Canada’s most highly educated communities, Richmond Hill is a natural choice for the York Region satellite campus.
“Having a university campus within our borders will not only stimulate growth and economic development, but also allows us to be an incubator for innovation, inspiring new ideas and energy within the community,” said Mayor Dave Barrow. “We are confident that Richmond Hill can support York University’s commitment to an international standard of excellence. Together, we will ensure Richmond Hill’s York University campus is a true 21st Century university.”
Among Richmond Hill’s many outstanding qualities, it is centrally located in the heart of the GTA and recognized internationally as a smart place to do business, with many corporate headquarters calling Richmond Hill home, including some notable science and technology businesses. Richmond Hill is also well-suited to facilitate partnership opportunities with the private sector.
With the planned extension of the Yonge Street subway north to Richmond Hill, along with further expansion of rapid transit, the community is well-poised to meet the demands of students needing multi-modal transportation options. The Town’s Official Plan and Economic Development Strategy support the establishment of a major institutional use, such as a university.
“One of the things that makes our community so special is the people,” said the Mayor. “Our citizens are welcoming, engaged and come from culturally diverse backgrounds. Richmond Hill offers its residents a great balance between urban amenities and access to green space and the natural environment. Students choosing the York in York campus will feel at home in Richmond Hill.”
Richmond Hill will be making a presentation to the York University Steering/Evaluation Committee on April 17 along with other York municipalities who have indicated an interest.