Toronto Van Attack

On the afternoon of Monday April 23, 2018, a rental van driving southbound on Yonge Street plowed into a number of pedestrians near Finch Avenue in North York, Toronto and caused severe casualties. The suspect was arrested, and further investigation by the Toronto Police will follow.

There will be road closures and TTC service disruption due to the incident and the pending investigation. If you are travelling in the North York area, there are important notices that you must know as of the morning of April 24, 2018:

Road Closures

Road closures are in effect on Yonge Street between Highway 401 and Cummer Avenue. Officials are asking the public to avoid the area and use alternate routes such as Dufferin Street, Bathurst Street, Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street. Lawrence, York Mills, Steeles Avenue and Highway 7 are the recommended east-west routes.

Business & Building Closures

North York Civic Centre, Mel Lastman Square, The Gibson Museum and the Douglas Snow Aquatics Centre are closed. Businesses located within the closure area will remain accessible through their rear doors.

TTC Changes

Subway trains will continue to bypass North York Centre station. Route diversions are in effect for the 36 Finch West and 97 Yonge buses.

TTC customers will be able to board GO Transit vehicles with their TTC transfer or Metropass.

Go Transit Changes

GO Transit buses won’t be stopping along Yonge or the York Mills and Finch Bus terminals. Routes 92 and 96 will stop and start at Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal. Yorkdale Bus Terminal will be the starting and end point for routes 19, 27, 34, 36, 67, 32, 38. GO Transit passengers will be also be permitted to board anywhere in Toronto with their Presto card or a transfer.

York International would like to express our condolences towards the victims and their families affected by the incident. This incident particularly impacts our community since it has happened close to our institution. We understand that this is a difficult time for many people including our own international students and we empathize with the concerns that they and their families have during this time. Our student’s safety and well-being are of the highest concern and as such, support and immediate assistance are available to help those who are impacted by the current situation. Safety, health insurance, personal counselling services, critical incident assistance and various other services are available to our international students and we encourage them to seek help if need be.

Today has become a sensitive and mourning time for our community. We would like to remind our students to put their personal safety first. If you have any other questions or concern, please feel free contact York International via email at or phone at 416-736- 5177 or visit York International office at 200 York Lanes.