Ontario Upgrading Buildings at York University

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Improvements Support Research and Learning Opportunities for Students

Ontario is investing in building and systems upgrades at York University that will better equip students with the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Steven Del Duca, MPP for Vaughan, was joined by Judy Sgro, MP for Humber River-Black Creek at York University today to announce funding for the Major Science Building Renewal Project, the Central Utilities and Co-Generation Upgrade Project and the Schulich School of Business Expansion.

Investments from the province and the federal government will allow York University to proceed with construction that will improve research and experiential learning opportunities for students. Work will include modernizing four major science research buildings at the Keele and Glendon campuses, replacing turbines and boilers, and building an addition to the Schulich School of Business. Site work and demolition has already started.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in postsecondary infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The overall cost to complete these projects is approximately $113 million, and includes nearly $41 million from Canada’s Strategic Investment Fund, nearly $6.6 million from Ontario, and more than $65 million from York University.
  • Ontario has invested $735 million in capital funding for colleges and universities since 2013-14.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts the gross domestic product by $114 million, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

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“Our government is proud to support this important project, which will give York University students access to renewed and upgraded facilities that provide space for three projects; the Major Science Building Renewal project, the Central Utilities and Co-Generation Upgrade project and the Schulich School of Business Expansion. We know that providing access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to building the highly-skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow, and this investment will help us to do exactly that.”

Steven Del Duca – Minister of Transportation

“Our government has made the support of science the cornerstone of policy development and roll-out and this announcement is part of that approach. This strategy, coupled with the fact that York has long been on the forefront of research and cutting edge development, means York’s role is one that must expand in ways that assures the University has the tools needed to do the job effectively. This funding is an important step on that path and I am pleased to be here to lend my support to York University and to the concept of policy rooted in science and data.”

Hon. Judy Sgro – MP, Humber River –Black Creek

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