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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Economic impact

Our university enriches the economy

  • For every dollar of base funding, the university generates $3.60 of spending impacts across Ontario.
  • In 2014-2015, the university’s spending contributed almost $205 million to Ontario’s GDP.
  • In the same period, the university generated and supported 1,949 jobs across the province. More than two thirds of these jobs are in Durham Region and Northumberland County.
  • All surrounding areas benefit from the university's activities. The economic impact is widely distributed across the constituent municipalities and townships.
ROI/LEVERAGE RATIO2014–2015UOIT generates$3.60of spending impactsacross Ontario perdollarof base funding. Indirect andinducedimpacts $83.4millionMTCU/basefunding $73.5millionOtherfunding/spending $109.8 millionTotalspendingeconomic impact $266.7million
ROI/Leverage ratio diagram


UOIT generates $3.60 of spending impacts across Ontario per dollar of base funding.

  1. MTCU/base funding: $73.5 million
  2. Indirect and induced impacts: $83.4 million
  3. Other funding/spending: $109.8 million
  4. Total spending economic impact: $266.7 million

Governments – federal, provincial, regional and municipal – need universities. That’s because universities enhance competition in the global marketplace, and help local businesses innovate and stay productive. We diversify local economies helping communities thrive during economic changes and are hubs for innovation.

Businesses and community organizations need universities. That’s because we educate your future workforce and upskill your existing one increasing productivity. We are a large purchaser of goods and services. We are anchors within our communities.

Communities want universities. That’s because we are sources of high paying jobs and attract students and visitors. We add to the social and cultural fabric of the communities in which we reside.

In 2014-2015 alone, spending undertaken by the university is estimated to have contributed $204.7 million to Ontario’s economy in GDP and generated and supported 1,949 jobs across the province.

Employment(FTEs)1,335Spending($ thousands)183,963GDP($thousands)140,796University of OntarioInstitute ofTechnologyDurham Region /NorthumberlandCounty Employment(FTEs) 1,949Spending($ thousands) 266,744GDP ($thousands)204,659OntarioECONOMICIMPACT 2014–2015
Economic impact diagram



  • Employment (FTEs): 1,949
  • Spending ($ thousands): 266,744
  • GDP ($ thousands): 204,659

Durham Region / Northumberland County:

  • Employment (FTEs): 1,335
  • Spending ($ thousands): 183,963
  • GDP ($ thousands): 140,796

Our impact extends beyond Durham – from every dollar of base funding, we generate $3.60 of spending impacts across Ontario.

To learn more about the university's contribution to our economy access the full report below.

View full economic impact report