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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

Experience It!

We want you to be a part of our university community and are committed to welcoming you to our campus. We offer virtual and in-person events that allow to get to know students, meet our world-class researchers, and visit some of our unique facilities. There are always opportunities to visit our campus and experience what our students, faculty, and staff do every day!

Below are some examples of ways you can experience being a member of our Ontario Tech community: 


Experience Our Events

Annual Campus Community Connect 

The annual Campus Community Connect Event is our way of opening the doors of our university to the local community. We invite you to join us on campus to hear from the university's founding President, Dr. Gary Polonsky, learn about our commitment to becoming an Age-Friendly University, meet our staff and students, and tour our world-class facilities such as the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel, the newly built Shawenjigewining Hall, and our Windfields Farm lands!

We are excited to welcome you to Ontario Tech University, and can’t wait to meet you!

Date: Wednesday, August 10
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Time Event Location
10 a.m.

with Dr. Shilpa Dogra, Chair, Committee for an Age-Friendly University

The Creation of Ontario Tech: Little Known Facts
with Dr. Gary Polonsky, Founding President 

ERC 2056
11 a.m.

Tours of campus

Choose the facilities you'd like to visit!

ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel

Shawenjigewining Hall

Windfields Farm lands

Noon Complimentary barbecue Vaso's Field


This event is FREE. Registration is required



Experience Athletics and Become a Senior Ridgeback

Be a part of the Ridgeback family by either attending live sporting events or participating in sports on campus. We encourage you to explore the Ridgebacks varsity website to see when our student-athletes are playing, attend a sporting event and show your support!

There are many health and recreation opportunities at our campus, including the gym, indoor track, and arena. Please visit these sites for more information:

Ontario Tech Ridgebacks

Campus Recreation Centre 

Campus Recreation Resource Library

We also have a Senior Ridgebacks committee aimed at facilitating sport and recreation opportunities on campus and in the community. If you are or know of an older adult interested in starting up a sports group, please reach out. We would be happy to provide space and students to assist!


Experience Our Facilities

  • ACE

    ACE is the first commercial, automotive research, development and innovation centre of its kind in the world. This facility, located on Ontario Tech's north Oshawa campus location, is where industry, researchers, and students collaborate to create, test, and validate paradigm-shifting innovations, focusing on bringing them to market as rapidly as possible.

    ACE has an array of testing equipment, including one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated climatic wind tunnels. ACE has three additional climate chambers that enable users to conduct research and test everything from first responders to electric vehicles to heat pumps to drones in controlled conditions from -40𐩑C to +60𐩑C.

    The facility offers open house opportunities each year for members of the community to visit and learn about the centre’s research and testing activities. However, currently, ACE is not open to the public for group tours due to COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Windfields Farm lands

    The Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability (OCIS), located north of Ontario Tech’s north Oshawa campus location on the university 's Windfields Farm lands, is committed to providing students, faculty and staff with a functional, sustainable and safe facility. Our mission is to develop and support sustainability initiatives, apply best practices during infrastructure planning, and create a sustainability culture for the university's staff, students and faculty.

    The university's Windfield Farm lands is home to more than 40 bee hives, hectares of planted wildflower gardens, a vegetable farm field, and a tree nursery of over 500 native and fruit trees. Fresh produce is harvested and used to prepare meals in the campus cafeteria and donated to a local food bank. Ontario Tech Wildflower Honey is sold on campus or online (for curbside pickup). The office strives to create a sustainable campus through a variety of initiatives. Visit their website for more information.

    The OCIS office and university's Windfield Farm lands are only open to the public during specific tours and events. Visit their events page for upcoming events.