York University Medical School Announcement

Students will now learn about the overwhelming contributions of Black individuals to Canada’s foundation as a young nation, and the obstacles they faced in the pursuit of building a democratic, inclusive and prosperous country.

“It’s important that all students learn about Black communities in Canada and their enormous impact on the growth of our country. Black people have been a part of the Canadian story since the 1600s,” said Patrice Barnes, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education. “And that’s why we aim to deepen students’ understanding of our country’s diverse and vibrant heritage by embedding this mandatory learning. It highlights the numerous significant milestones, which will help students develop a greater understanding of our country’s rich heritage.”

Over the next year, the ministry will consult with historians, educators and the Black community, which will inform the new learning.

In addition, Ontario continues its work on a modernized and up-to-date curriculum to ensure students graduate with real-life job skills and knowledge that they need to succeed – in the classroom and beyond. With the expedited growth in technological advancement and rise in entrepreneurship, the province is introducing updated curriculum starting in the next school year that prepares students for the jobs of tomorrow.

“Black history is Canadian history,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “By mandating learning on the contributions Black individuals made to our country’s founding and success, the next generation of Canadians will better appreciate the sacrifice, patriotic commitment and long-lasting contributions Black Canadians have made to Canada. As the economy and technology continue to change, we will continue to modernize curriculum, with an emphasis on STEM education, so students have the skills and confidence to graduate into good-paying jobs.”

To deliver on the commitment to provide greater transparency to parents and the public about how the Ontario curriculum is updated, the Ontario government has released the new Ontario Curriculum Review and Revision Guide. This guide provides an overview of the ministry’s current process for reviewing and revising the curriculum in both English and French from kindergarten to Grade 12, while also outlining the government’s plan to review the curriculum every five years to ensure it is up-to-date and relevant to today’s job and life skills. This change is being delivered as a result of the former government not updating the curriculum in a timely manner, including math and science curriculums that were 15 years old and 16 years old, respectively.

Quick Facts

  • Announced as part of the 2022 and 2023 Ontario Budgets, Ontario is adding 260 undergraduate medical seats and 449 postgraduate seats, starting in 2022-23, as part of the province’s largest expansion of medical education in more than 10 years.
  • These medical expansions will bring the total number of undergraduate seats and postgraduate training seats to 1,212 and 1,637 respectively, by 2028, in addition to the new seats being created at York University.
  • The Ontario Learn and Stay Grant provides full, upfront funding for tuition, books and other direct educational costs to students in return for working in the region where they studied for a term of service after graduation. The grant application for the 2024-25 academic year will open this spring for students entering the first year of an eligible nursing, paramedic or medical laboratory technologist program.


“This new investment to support increased physician education in Ontario comes at a critical time and marks an important milestone in York’s trajectory as an internationally recognized leader in higher education. Amidst growing demand for family doctors and other primary care general specialists, I want to thank Premier Ford and his government for being responsive to this pressing need, for their vision and clear commitment to York’s School of Medicine – and a healthier future for Ontarians.”

– Rhonda Lenton
President and Vice-Chancellor, York University

“By building a new medical school in Vaughan, our government is taking action to ensure families in Vaughan and King have access to better healthcare, closer to home. This game changing investment was my top local priority to deliver, and by doing so, we will train the next generation of doctors for decades to come. The York medical school in Vaughan will be situated beside the state-of-the-art Cortellucci Vaughan hospital, and the soon-to-be built long-term care home; that together will significantly improve the quality of care of our families and seniors.”

– Stephen Lecce
MPP King-Vaughan

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