We are York Region’s first maker space. We’re all volunteer, non-profit and member supported, with a wide variety of interests.
Y is for York Region. Above Toronto on the map.
We kicked things off by running some get-togethers, technical events and training classes to building the maker community. Check out the Events page for more info.
We’ve been operating our maker space in the basement of the historic David Dunlap Observatory administration building in Richmond Hill.
As of late February 2017, our access to the DDO has been suspended as the ownership of the DDO is in the process of being transferred to the Town of Richmond Hill. This being an old and historic facility, the process also requires an engineering assessment and potential remedial work.
The Town has put in place an application process for groups wanting to use the facility, and we are participating in that process.
While there is no formal timetable published for the process, the latest information received from the Town is that to have completed the engineering work and recommendations to council by September 2017.
In the interim, we will be scheduling events at various partner sites in the community that continue to be so generous in their support.
Why don’t we just move somewhere else?
If you’re asking that questions, you’ve probably never rented commercial space, obtained the insurance, hooked up a huge laser cutter requiring outside ventilation, etc. etc.
The DDO is an amazing place. For a lot of reasons, we want to continue operating there. Given the expected timeframes and costs and not to mention time and effort required by our volunteers if we were to relocate, our board has decided to wait out the process.
We’ll provide updates here as we get them.
Our discussion forum and most event scheduled are on our ylab meetup.com group. That’s the best way to communicate with us. The meetup.com group membership is free, and that way you’ll get any news and event emails.
Maker Space Membership
Due to (hopefully temporary) suspension of DDO activities mentioned above, we are not currently taking paid maker space memberships. Until we re-open the maker space and determine what the terms are, we cannot confirm what the membership terms will be until that time.
We have been communicating some information separately to our paid members.
Under our prior DDO arrangements, we offered three types of membership:
- Class A / Full Membership, available on an annual basis
- Class B/ Associate Membership, available on a 3-month basis
- University/College Associate Membership, available on 4-month school term basis
We have posted our membership documents here for reference for existing members. They were previously on the meetup.com group, but meetup no longer supports uploading of documents.
Location and Hours
With the suspension of our activities at the DDO, we do not have any scheduled hours at this time. Check out our Upcoming Events page to see what’s happening.
The Google Map for the David Dunlap Observatory is below, and the address is: 123 Hillsview Dr, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T3.
Organisation and Structure
Y Lab is incorporated as a non-profit. All our current members are unpaid volunteers, and we’re keeping it that way. Class/seminar instructors may earn a fee for events they run.
Follow us on Twitter: @ylab_maker www.twitter.com/ylab_maker
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ylabmaker/
Want to get a hold of us?
Joining our ylab meetup.com group is the best way to contact us. You can also leave us a comment below, or contact us via social media. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can, but please don’t expect an immediate response as we all work day jobs.