About Us

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  February 2017, our access to the DDO has been suspended as the ownership of the DDO is transferred to the Town of Richmond Hill. This being an old and historic facility, the process 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, we anticipate the Town completing the engineering work and recommendations to council before the end of 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 question, 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. We want to continue operating there. Given the  time and effort required by our volunteers to relocate, our board has decided to wait out the process.

We’ll provide updates as we get them.

Meetup.com group

Our discussion forum and most events 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 the (hopefully temporary) suspension of DDO activities, we are not currently taking paid memberships. Until we re-open the maker space and determine what the terms are, we cannot confirm what the membership terms will be.

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.


5 thoughts on “About Us

    Changing gears to become a maker space. - YLab said:
    November 22, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    […] About Us […]

    dave said:
    May 26, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    What?! This is the greatest thing ever!!! In david Dunlap! I was there all the time. I thought I had to go down town!

    Jeff said:
    June 27, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Greetings, I am a DIY’er in Durham (Ajax). I am looking for like-minded people, but haven’t found anything out here yet. I am seriously considering the creation of a hacker space and/or maker space in Durham (unless that exists already), but need support from others to do so. Do you know of anyone in the Ajax/Pickering area that is active in the hacker/maker space community?

    Thank you for your time.


    Joie Lau said:
    August 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm


    I wanted to learn about wood working and someone told me to contact ylab. Are there weekly meetups or how does ylab work?

    Thank you,

      Avery L. said:
      August 22, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Hi Joie,

      We post all our meet ups on our meet up.com page, so please head over there.


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