The York Collegium for Practical Ethics was once the York Centre for Practical Ethics.

The Charter for the York Centre for Practical Ethics ended on June 30, 2013. At York University, the designation of "Centre" is reserved for Organized Research Units officially chartered by the York University Senate. YCPE no longer functions as an Organized Research Unit, and so the name has been changed.

As of July 1, 2013, YCPE became the York Collegium for Practical Ethics.

YCPE is an informal research group within McLaughlin College, York University's Public Policy College. One of the important functions of YCPE is to organize a lively seminar series, which is hosted in association with McLaughlin College.