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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

Residence and food services

  • Are the residences open?

    Yes, if you are looking for Fall or Winter accommodations you must create an application by visiting We are working with Durham Region Public Health to remain within all guidelines; ensuring the safety of our residents is our number one priority.

  • Are masks mandatory in residence?

    The Regional Municipality of Durham has announced that non-medical masks or face coverings will be mandatory in public and enclosed indoor spaces effective Friday, July 10 to help manage the spread of COVID-19. The campus as a whole, including residence have adopted this best practice to help keep our community—and each other—safe. All students and visitors are asked to wear a mask in all common spaces of the residence, such as hallways, kitchens, laundry rooms, and lobbies.

  • Are students being screened prior to move-in?

    Yes. you will be asked screening questions prior to your arrival, and again when you arrive to move in. If you should fail the screening questions upon arrival, you will be placed in a 14-day quarantine within residence.

  • Are you preparing residences so that students can practice safe physical distancing in the fall?

    Yes, in addition to our semi private suites, we have increased the number of single room options available. The residence asks that you adhere to all posted signage, keep a safe physical distance from others where possible and wear a mask or face covering when unable to remain physically distant and in the common areas of the residence.

  • How does the check-in process for residence work during this time?

    You will be able to schedule a move in time to allow for a safe move in experience with physical distancing measures put in place. Additionally, the residence will contact each student prior to move in, where you will be asked a series of screening questions prior to your arrival.

  • How will move-in work?

    Move-in will take place over the course of the week of Monday, August 31 to Sunday, September 6. We have implemented a system that will allow you to select your move in date and time. You are asked to bring only one person to assist you with your move to reduce the number of people in the building at one time. More information about move in was sent out in early August.

  • How will residence support me during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    The residence has adapted residence policies and procedures to proactively protect residents and employees, while providing a safe and secure living and learning environment.

    This includes:

    Offering maximum flexibility on residence payment options and cancellation deadlines.
    Minimizing physical interactions at the front desk.
    Increased cleaning of high traffic touch points through housekeeping.
    Reviewing access to lounges, laundry rooms and other non-essential spaces.
    Included Wi-Fi available throughout the residence, offering bandwidth and speed required for remote learning.

  • I’m an international student, will I have to quarantine for 14 days when I arrive in Canada?

    Yes, if you are an international student arriving to Canada, you will need to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive.

  • I am moving out, but planning to return for the winter semester, does the residence provide storage?

    At this time the residence is not offering locker space if you are moving out. If you have urgent need please contact and our staff will work with you to assess and assist in your needs.

  • I ordered packages to my address in residence, but have already moved out, how do I get them delivered to my home?

    The residence will not be forwarding any packages or mail you have delivered to the residence. Please contact the delivery provider and inform them of your change in address. The residence will only return packages to its original sender if you have moved out.

  • I have been advised by a medical professional to self isolate, what do I do in residence?

    If you are living in residence and have been told to self isolate you should stay in your room and notify the residence front desk at 905.728.8700 ext. 8000. Our staff will notify the manager on call who will make arrangements for your isolation. The residence staff will inform you fully of our process concerning our support for you.


  • I live in residence and suspect I may have symptoms, what do I do?
    Please remain in your room and call Student Health Services at 905.721.3038. If you need assistance after hours please contact Durham Region Public Health Services at 905.668.2020 and select option 2. Once you have notified health services, please notify the residence front desk at 905.728.8700 ext. 8000.
  • I suspect my roommate may have symptoms or be infected with COVID-19, what do I do?

    If you are still living with your roommate, please encourage your roommate or neighbour to contact Student Health Services at 905.721.3038 or Durham Regional Public Health Services at 905.668.2020 and select option 2. If unable to reach either service please notify the residence front desk at 905.728.8700 ext. 8000. Our staff will connect with your roommate to ensure they are connected to the right resources and supported throughout this process.

  • What if I am unable to move out of residence?

    If you would like to move out of residence, but are facing challenges, please email and residence staff will work to support you.

  • What is the guest policy at this time?

    The ability to host guests in residence has currently been suspended. The easing of restrictions will take on a phased approach, including restrictions on number of guests per host, length of stay and total number of guests in the building.

  • What will residence life be like during COVID-19?

    After a summer of physical distancing and self-isolation, living in residence offers an incredible opportunity for you to connect with fellow students. Our Residence Life team is ready to adapt our community model as restrictions continue to be eased to support and encourage your academic and social success.

    Traditional residence events such as move-in and orientation will be adjusted to accommodate physical distancing guidelines. We are developing new and innovative programs aimed at engaging our building community, either in smaller groups or delivered through online platforms.

    Our Residence Life team will also be collaborating with our residence outreach worker to promote and support the delivery of virtual counselling services.

  • What should I do if I have more questions?
    Please contact the residence front desk at 905.728.8700 ext. 8000 or at
  • Will I be able to stay home for the fall semester and move in to residence for the winter semester?

    Yes, residence will have limited spaces available for the Winter semester. Applications will be available at Ontario Tech Residence on September 15.

  • Will I be refunded my residence application fee and residence fees if I can’t move in due to COVID-19 restrictions?

     Please contact us directly at to discuss your individual situation.

  • Will we receive regular housekeeping service?

    In-suite housekeeping service is currently suspended and the residence will monitor provincial recovery plans and determine an appropriate time to reinstate this service. During this time, our staff will continue to focus more on common spaces and high traffic areas will have a higher frequency level of cleaning, focusing on touch-points such as door handles, railings and elevator buttons.

  • Will the bookstore ship my books to my house or do I need to go to campus to pick them up?

    Yes, orders from the Campus Store can be shipped directly to your home. Shipping is available within Canada and internationally. Shipping fees will vary by location. We will continue to follow Government of Ontario and public health officials guidelines, and once students and staff are allowed on campus, there will also be an option to pick up books at the bookstore.

Latest updates

Update 26: April 22, 5 p.m.
Federal government proposes support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19

Update 25: April 9, 4:35 p.m.
Introducing the Ontario Tech Student Emergency Fund.

Update 24: April 8, 5:15 p.m.
Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program.

Update 23: April 7, 4:55 p.m.
Provincial support for families, and online mindfulness resources.

Update 22: April 6, 4:55 p.m.
Online access to Ontario Tech’s new Campus Store.

Update 21: April 3, 5:15 p.m.
Today's release of provincial models and projections; requesting an exam deferral; preparing for online exams during COVID-19; no entry to campus on Good Friday; ancillary fees for the Spring/Summer semester; additional mental health supports; international student eligibility for EI; Ontario Tech University: Taking a lead role in e-learning; Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan scores highly with Ontario Tech University.

Update 20: April 2, 5:15 p.m.
FAQ for students moving to Simcoe Village residence; Dr. Jennifer Laffier's study on how we’re using social media during the COVID-19 crisis; Government of Canada COVID-19 app.

Update 19: April 1, 5:20 p.m.
Update to grading FAQ; new Respondus Browser questions and answers; parking and meal plan refunds; PC requirements, repairs, returns and provisioning; reminder regarding emergency orders prohibiting large gatherings and parties; Government of Ontario and eCampus Ontario partnership a positive move for students.

Update 18: March 31, 4:50 p.m.
FAQ regarding temporary amendment to the university’s grading policy; updated University Works FAQ; new online support resources from Student Life; online weekly mindfulness groups.

Update 17: March 30, 4:55 p.m.
Update on temporary amendment to the university’s grading policy.

Update 16: March 27, 4:25 p.m.
Temporary amendment to the university’s grading policy; updated research, grad studies and SAFA FAQ; updated travel information and advisories page; updated health recommendations page; Ontario Tech innovating rapid PPE production solutions to address health-care shortage (news story).

Update 15: March 26, 5:25 p.m.
How to set up an Internet hotspot; updated research-related FAQ; Ontario Tech's donations of health-care supplies; and Ontario Tech's recognition of the Government of Ontario's action plan to support its citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update 14: March 25, 5:50 p.m.
Residence, university transcripts, and physical distancing FAQ; reminder to students regarding large gatherings and parties; new COVID-19 resources from Human Resources; new exercise and wellness resources from the CRWC; Ontario Tech researcher exploring parent-child conversations about COVID-19; COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

Update 13: March 24, 5 p.m.
Campus building closures and exceptions; social vs physical distancing; student concerns about Internet access; postponement of Convocation ceremony; Q+A with Ontario Tech epidemiologist Dr. Emma Bartfay; and Virtual Open House.

Update 12: March 23, 5:30 p.m.
Information about: travel exemptions for international students; mental and physical wellness tips; Virtual Open House on Saturday, March 28; and Work-from-home (WFH) social media campaign

Update 11: March 20, 2:30 p.m.
Access to Ontario Tech buildings; new FAQ for grad students; cancellation of student mobility for the summer session; student concerns about Internet access.

Update 10: March 19, 3:30 p.m.
Updated research and mental health services FAQs; Software Support moving to online services only.

Update 9: March 18, 5 p.m.
All Campus Libraries closed; term dates for students; changes to food services; Software Support moving to online services only; Coronavirus phishing scam; new frequently asked questions page for researchers; reminder about campus access.

Update 8: March 17, 1 p.m.
On-campus service updates related to the Office of the Registrar, Campus Library, Campus Food Services and Campus Health Centre

Update 7: March 16, 4 p.m.
COVID-19 update: Campus Health Centre closed March 17, telephone appointments available

Update 6: March 15, 8 p.m.
Updates on academic planning and university operations

Update 5: March 14, 2:30 p.m.
Transition to online learning

Update 4: March 12, 10:30 p.m.
University assessing online instruction; classes cancelled effective March 13

Update 3: March 12, 1:50 p.m.
Health information update from the WHO and Region of Durham; international travel update from Ontario Tech

Update 2: March 10, 2:40 p.m.
University continues to closely monitor COVID-19 situation and is reviewing emergency preparedness plans

Update 1: January 23, 2 p.m.
Coronavirus information