Despite the withdrawal of capital funding by the province in 2018, York University has continued planning and design work for the new campus beside the Markham Pan Am Centre an within the Unionville GO station MTSA. The City and York Region have reiterated their support. So, the outlook remains positive. The University seems to have found funding to replace the provincial capital funding and are now negotiating with the province regarding operating funding. University representatives are optimistic that they will receive the commitment they need and will be able to begin construction soon.
This development is a critical piece of plans for Markham Centre and for Markham more generally. A campus brings a range of economic and cultural benefits that are unique to university towns. The presence of the York campus will have a significant impact on how the Secondary Plan for Markham Centre and the Mobility Hub area will evolve. For example, the York team is in discussions with local developers regarding the potential for a privately-constructed student residence.