Research Facts & Figures

  • York is consistently ranked internationally in the top 15 universities for business research, the top 40 for history and the top 100 for English, modern languages, linguistics and geography.
  • Home to more large-scale partnered projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada than any other Canadian university over the last 10 years.
  • A national leader in Knowledge Mobilization and a founding member of ResearchImpact -- Canada’s Knowledge Mobilization Network in partnership with twelve Canadian universities. York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit recently received a Best Practice Award by the Knowledge Economy Network.
  • Home to the only Canadian program in space science that grants both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and Canada’s first multi-institutional research team studying cancer pain.
  • York has more than 280 international partnership agreements with universities worldwide to facilitate academic collaboration, including student and faculty exchange program opportunities.
  • Excellence in research is central to York University’s mission and is fundamental to the university’s ability to contribute to the economic, scientific, cultural and social health of our society. Research at York takes place in every discipline and spans the full spectrum of programs from the pure and applied sciences through business, law, and the humanities and social sciences.
  • Home to 25 research centres, York has a strong history of collaborative, interdisciplinary, and innovative research.
  • York is Canada's leading knowledge mobilization university, increasingly recognized for our leadership by the international community.  York received the European-based 2012 Knowledge Economy Network Best Practice Award.
  • Co-founder of the Climate Consortium for Research Action and Integration (CC-RAI) with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TCRA). CC-RAI aims to accelerate regional action on climate change by fostering regional climate research, building training capacity & acting as a catalyst for collaborative action.
  • Comprised of over 1,400 researchers, including many pioneers and leaders in their respective fields. York’s faculty complement includes Canada Research Chairs, Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada and Distinguished Research Professors.