Town & Gown

Town and gown are two distinct communities of a university town; "town" being the non-academic population and "gown" being the university community.

The Town & Gown Committee convened for the first time in June 2010. The Committee currently meets twice a year, in the Spring and the Fall, and as needed.

Committee Mandate:

  • Provide a forum for key constituents – including the City of Toronto, municipal services, York University, students, the residents association, and community members – to collaborate on activities that ensure a cohesive and safe community,
  • Collect and share information,
  • Identify issues and develop solutions to problems of common interest, and
  • Advise, liaise and facilitate communication with each other in the period between meetings of the Committee.

Membership includes:

York University

  • Community and Alumni Relations
  • Campus Services and Business Operations
  • President's Office
  • Government Relations
  • Security Services
  • Transportation & Student Services
  • Vice-President Advancement
  • Vice-Provost Students

York University Development Corporation
York Federation of Students
Seneca College
Village residents

City of Toronto

  • City Councillor, Ward 8
  • Toronto Fire Services
  • Toronto Police Services, 31 Division
  • Toronto Parking Services
  • Transportation Services
  • Municipal Licensing and Standards
  • City Planning Division
  • Economic Development & Culture

Community Relations and the Town & Gown Committee are responsible for the creation and distribution of the Good Neighbour Guide which outlines safety and security tips, and rights and responsibilities of tenants living in the off-campus housing known as the Village at York. The Committee and other members of the community support the distribution in September every year.

York University is a member of the Town and Gown Association of Ontario.

For more information please contact the Community Relations Office at 416-739-2100 x.44206; farayi@yorku.ca