First of its kind in Canada: York gets med school

York University has a new School of Medicine

by Meaghan Franchi

Premier Doug Ford has announced the first medical school in Canada aimed at training family doctors.

“Today’s announcement is part of our plan to connect more Ontario families to more convenient care, including primary care.”

York University’s new School of Medicine will open in 2028. It will able to accommodate up to 240 undergrad students and 293 post graduate students with a focus on training primary care doctors. Dr. Rhonda Lenton, President and Vice Chancellor of York says the university has been working on a medical school for more than ten years.

Dr Rhonda Lenton, York U President

“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

Ont. Min. of Health Sylvia Jones

York University’s School of Medicine is one of many healthcare projects under way right now. However, its focus on primary care is what makes it unique and the first of it’s kind in Canada. TMU, Toronto Metropolitan University will open its new medical school in September 2025 in Brampton. It will create 260 undergraduate seats and 449 postgraduate positions over the next five years

Health Minister Sylvia Jones says the government is making record investments in health care.

“We are launching the largest expansion of the medical school education system in over 15 years.”


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