This year marks 60 years of publishing for University Affairs. In the six decades since our first issue of the magazine, we’ve seen the creation of several new universities in Canada. (Universities Canada, which publishes University Affairs, counts more than 90 institutions among its members today.)
Of the 48 universities plotted on the map below, seven were the product of mergers with other institutions and seven were affiliate institutions that became degree-granting universities of their own (both are represented by yellow icons on the map below); 14 were community colleges that transitioned to universities (red icons); and 10 were brand-new institutions built from the ground up (we’ve labelled these “greenfield” institutions and are marked by green icons). Another 10 were created as part of the Université du Québec network, which was founded in 1969 (blue icons).
A few additional facts about these universities:
- The oldest greenfield is York University, founded in 1959 (happy 60th York!);
- The youngest greenfield is Ontario Tech University, founded in 2002;
- 1969 was the busiest year in our range with eight new universities founded, followed by 1974 with five.
Click the icons on the map to find out more about each university.
View a table of the universities included on the map here.
Editor’s note: For many of Canada’s universities, it is difficult to define exactly when they were established. Several institutions included here existed in one form or another well before 1959, and have long, complex histories. For the purposes of this map, we’ve included only fully autonomous universities that received a government charter, giving them official degree-granting status, in 1959 or later. Even at that, some may quibble with our choices. We did not include private universities or affiliated university colleges. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.
Earlier versions of this story omitted several universities and neglected to explain the process we used for compiling the list. In this updated version of the article, we’ve also included a link to a list of all the universities on the map.