The First Maker Space and Tech Community For Markham, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, & Vaughan.

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’ve been operating our maker space in the basement of the historic David Dunlap Observatory administration building in Richmond Hill.Following a temporary suspension of activities while the Town of Richmond Hill took possession of the facility, and completed engineering, fire and safety reviews, we will be back in operation as of April 1, 2018.Our initial focus will be on supporting our existing, patient members who’ve stuck with us through the suspension. Watch our events page for announcements on resumption of Open House activities and other events. group

Our discussion forum and most events are on our ylab group. That’s the best way to communicate with us. The group membership is free, and that way you’ll get any news and event emails.

Maker Space Membership

Once we resume operation, we will be reviewing and making modifications to our membership structure and rules. 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 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 us on Facebook:

Want to get a hold of us?

Joining our ylab 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.