Welcome to Vaughan’s Emerging Downtown, the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC)
“As one of Canada’s largest master planned communities, the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) is an emerging downtown poised to be the financial, innovation and cultural centre of Vaughan.”
My vision for the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) always comprised of a vibrant modern centre for residents and businesses encompassing all amenities of an urban lifestyle, including inspiring multi-use office towers, residences, open green space and pedestrian squares, shopping areas and restaurants, and walking and cycling paths.
Continuing with part 2 of this 4-part series, I will be looking at employment and education in the VMC in this section.
The VMC is quickly becoming an employment hub housing some of Canada’s and the world’s most recognizable brands and employers, as well as the first university in York Region!
With Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway access and a well-serviced regional public transportation terminal, the VMC allows for flawless commuter access to and from several institutions and places of employment, and will prove to be an essential economic, cultural, and educational centre, providing jobs and economic stimulation for the City of Vaughan and York Region.
At the heart of our emerging downtown is the VMC Mobility Hub with subway, rapid bus, and local bus service to Toronto, Markham, Brampton, and across Vaughan.nThe VMC also has direct access to the main transportation arteries in Ontario: Highway 400, Highway 407 Express Toll Route (ETR) and Highway 7. And if you are a frequent flyer, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada’s busiest and largest airport, is just a 15-minute drive away.
Employment Facts for the VMC
- 538,000 square feet of office space built, under construction, and approved
- 750,000 square feet of retail space by 2031
- 232,000 square feet of retail space built, under construction, and approved
- 1.5 million square feet of new office space and 12,000 residential units by 2031
- 11,500 jobs by 2031
- 442-acre site at the intersection of Highways 400, 407 and 7
Employers in the VMC
The VMC is mixed-use hub with condominiums and towers that provide opportunities for retail, office space, and residential space. Some of the companies (with many more to come) who have established offices in the VMC include: KPMG, Bank of Montreal (BMO), PWC, Harley Davidson, GFL Environmental, Smart Centres, Miller Thomson, TD, Pumpernickles, INS Market, Marc Anthony Cosmetics, and FM Global.
Cortel Group’s Expo City complex at the eastern gateway to the VMC is walking distance from the VMC subway station at Jane Street and Highway 7, offering residents and commercial tenants access and employment to a world of luxurious shops, gourmet restaurants, and exciting entertainment. This includes employment opportunities at Remedy’s RX, Purpose Food Co, Refresh Wellness, F&M Dry Cleaning Service, and Campione & Associate.
PwC-YMCA Tower is a mixed-use building with office space and a new Centre of Community for the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is the lead tenant with 77,000 square feet of office space on four floors, followed by Scotiabank, and Balzak’s Coffee Roaster.
Transit City will also be home to the first BUCA-branded restaurant outside Toronto’s downtown core, providing guests and residents with a mix of offerings throughout the day, ranging from coffee and pastries to lunch, dinner and late-night cocktails – an experience reminiscent of the best five-star hotel lobbies from around the world.
These well-recognized companies have demonstrated their commitment to Vaughan’s vision of creating a thriving downtown, and share Vaughan’s vision of turning the VMC into a nationally recognized centre of commerce and culture. Globally recognized brands such as Harley Davidson and GFL have chosen the VMC to be the location of their national head offices.
Education in the VMC
There are 25 colleges and universities within one hour of Vaughan, collectively producing 220,646 university and 113,669 college-enrolled students every year.
This includes Niagara University, which is located in the VMC’s Expo City complex. Niagara offers teacher training and master’s programs in business administration, information security and digital forensics, and finance.
Niagara University will contribute to Vaughan’s vision of a mixed-use downtown consisting of economic, cultural, and educational institutions. Student presence will further contribute to a thriving downtown by ensuring that the many nearby amenities such as; public transportation stations, shopping, dining, recreation, and entertainment facilities are lively and sufficiently utilized.