York University has one of the largest concentrations of Canadian specialists in the world. In recognition of this fact, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies was established in 1984 with support from the private sector and matching grants from the Secretary of State and the Province of Ontario. It was named in memory of the Honourable John P . Robarts (1917– 1982), seventeenth Premier of Ontario (1961–1971) and seventh Chancellor of York University (1977–1982).
The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies supports interdisciplinary and discipline-specific research pertinent to the study of Canada and “Canada in the World.” Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate student associates of the Robarts Centre offer a wide range of expertise related to the study of Canada. As a designated Organized Research Unit of York University, the Robarts Centre also provides opportunities for postdoctoral researchers and graduate students from a wide range of York graduate programs. It hosts high-level seminars and aims to support the activities of Canadian specialists at York University across a broad spectrum of topics. Academic visitors are invited to apply to participate in the activities of the Centre.
Current research projects at the Centre cover diverse areas including environment and history, northern Canada (Borealis Group), Indigenous governance and resource extraction, mobilizing Inuit culture, Black Canada and multicultural issues (Toronto Migration Memory Collective). For more on any of these specific research areas, please look at the links under research clusters.
The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies is located on the Seventh Floor of the Kaneff Tower on the main campus of York University.