Inclusive, compassionate health care for the eastern GTA

We have an urgent need to address the under-met health needs of the eastern Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including Scarborough and Durham Region, coupled with a need to grow the health professional workforce to support an aging population and address the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health (SAMIH) at the University of Toronto Scarborough will provide an inclusive hub for education and strengthen connections among healthcare providers in the region.

SAMIH will extend the impact of U of T’s health education programs including the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy  – and quickly advance the region’s clinical capacity across a range of disciplines.

With Scarborough-based programs for Nurse Practitioners, Physical Therapists and Physicians among others, SAMIH is ready to prepare the next generation of compassionate health professionals. And we know that Physicians trained in a region are more likely to practise there, increasing the number of professionals in the area and strengthening the health and wellbeing of local residents.

The University of Toronto is uniquely positioned due to its ideal geographic location, well established role in the community and its excellent health professional education programs. This project will make a significant impact in these regions, reflecting both the campus’s strategic theme of Inspiring Inclusive Excellence and the province’s commitment to community-based, patient centered care.

Announcing the Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health (SAMIH) at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
March, 2022

Support from the Community

Dr. Andy Smith
President & CEO, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 
Liben Gebremikael
Executive Director, TAIBU Community Health Centre

Benefits to the Eastern GTA

U of T Scarborough’s investment in its Master Plan will provide the foundation for an urban environment that will attract new private sector partnerships and investments. The full build out of the Campus Master Plan is estimated to result in:

  • full-time (equivalent) jobs created for the construction period.
  • in salaries distributed throughout construction.
  • in provincial and federal tax revenue contributions.
  • full-time (equivalent) jobs directly created at U of T Scarborough and in the private sector.
  • generated in wages and salaries annually.
  • additional jobs created from businesses indirectly associated with development.
  • injected into the regional economy.

SAMIH and the Campus Master Plan

The Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health is part of a broader investment of the University of Toronto Scarborough's Master Plan which will provide the foundation for an urban environment that will attract new private sector partnerships and investments.

The full build out of the Campus Master Plan is estimated to result in the creation of almost 5,000 jobs (FTE) directly and indirectly and millions of dollars in regional economy stimulus.