Caribbean

Canada maintains a close relationship with the Caribbean as a result of our shared history, common values and commercial ties. York’s connections with the region range from arts and academics to business, environmental and beyond. York recognizes the Caribbean as a key economic and cultural landscape, and is pleased to welcome students from the area to its multicultural community.

Canada’s Caribbean population is growing considerably faster than the country’s overall population, and the Caribbean community is one of Toronto’s largest and most vibrant ethnic groups — in fact, more than half a million people of Caribbean origin live in Canada, and around 60 per cent of them call Toronto home.

  • Fast Facts
    • York undergraduate and graduate students from the Caribbean in 2015-2016: 339
    • York alumni worldwide from the Caribbean: 570
    • York has 440+ student clubs and organizations; The York United Black Students’ Alliance was formed in 1996 as an amalgamation of members of York’s Caribbean Student's Association, African Student's Association and the Black Writers’ Caucus
  • Research in the Caribbean
    • History professor Michele Johnson conducted her research project “Cultural History of Jamaica, 1865-1920” at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica.
    • Political science professor Judith Adler Hellmlan is a specialist in Latin America and the Caribbean, who has edited a book called “Changing times and Changing Lives in the Caribbean and Latin America: Ten Oral Histories”, which captures oral histories of lives in Caribbean and Latin America.
    • Anthropology professor David A. B. Murray has conducted fieldwork in Martinique. He has investigated struggles over self-definition and representation in the postcolonial society from various perspectives.
    • Business professor Marcia has worked for Price Waterhouse in Trinidad and has written on the subject of accounting in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Connections at York
    • York offers Latin American and Caribbean Studies programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
    • In 2008, York became the first university outside Jamaica to offer courses in Jamaican Creole language.
    • York has academic exchange partnerships with the University of the West Indies in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago.
    • The York International Internship Program offers a number of work placements in Caribbean.