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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

Buildings, services and events

Ontario Tech is ready for limited expansion to on-campus course and research offerings. Plans for the fall remain focused on combining the delivery of most of the university's academic programming through online channels, together with active hands-on learning on campus in areas that are more challenging to transition online, such as labs, simulations and practicums (subject to Government of Ontario and public-health guidelines).

We remain focused on having employees work remotely to decrease density on campus and to maintain physical distancing for those whose work requires them to be on campus. We are limiting building entry and campus use for only those who require it.


  • Designated building entrances and hours of operation

    North Oshawa campus location

    Buildings (open) Access door

    Hours of operation

    (Monday to Friday only)

    Business and Information Technology Building  Northeast corner 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Science Building Northeast corner 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre Northeast corner 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    ACE/OPG Engineering Building ACE southwest door 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Software and Informatics Research Centre Southwest corner 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    North Oshawa Campus Library Main entry door 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Downtown Oshawa campus Location

    Buildings (open) Access door

    Hours of operation

    (Monday to Friday only)

    61 Charles Street building Main entry door 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Note: The doors will be locked at 6 p.m., however, individuals in the building after 6 p.m. will have until 9:30 p.m. to vacate the premises.

  • Accessing campus buildings


    • See the process the university has implemented to ensure we can track who is on campus at any given time with greater efficiency. This process will continue to limit building entry and campus use for only those who require it.


  • Study spaces
    A limited number of spaces at the university's north Oshawa campus location have been set aside for students, faculty and staff to meet or study. These spaces have been reconfigured to ensure physical distancing. See the Study spaces page for details.
  • Residence

    The residence will be open (limited spaces available). We are working with Durham Region Public Health to remain within all guidelines, ensuring the safety of our residents is our No. 1 priority. 

    For more information, see the residence and food services section of the FAQ for students.


  • Fall 2020 campus parking

    Due to the continuation of remote-work arrangements for most Ontario Tech employees, and the university's blended-learning approach for the 2020-2021 academic year, the university confirms it will not charge for parking during the Fall 2020 academic term (September 1 through December 31).

    Visit the Fall 2020 campus parking page on the university's Ready for You website to learn more.

  • Office of the Registrar

    The Office of the Registrar is managing all requests online at this time. Note: We are experiencing much higher volumes than normal. Your patience is appreciated.

    If you require assistance, contact

  • Academic advising

    Your academic advisors look forward to meeting you!

    Please note:

    • All academic advising meetings and office hours are being held virtually at this time. 
    • We are experiencing much higher volumes than normal. Your patience is appreciated.

    To learn more or book a meeting with an advisor from your faculty, visit the Academic Advising section of the university’s website.

  • Student Life services

    The Office of Student Life has many virtual services and resources available for students. Visit Student Life's online support website to learn more and find out how to contact them.

  • Campus Libraries

    The North Oshawa Campus Library will open for current students, staff and faculty on Tuesday, September 8, with significant limitations on building capacity. Masks will be required for everyone who visits the Library.

    The Social Science, Humanities and Education Library (downtown Oshawa campus location, 61 Charles Street Building) remains closed. However, services and supports continue to be available remotely, or you can visit the North Oshawa Campus Library.

    Learn more about available in-person and virtual Library services.

  • Campus Safety
    • For Safety Walk (security guard) escorts to university buildings or parking lots:
      • North Oshawa location: Call Campus Security at 905.721.8668 ext. 2400 or 905.721.3211.
      • Downtown location: Call Campus Security at 905.721.8668 ext. 5616.
    • Emergency call stations throughout the north Oshawa campus location to gain instant contact with security.
  • Athletics facilities
    Athletic facilities, including Campus Recreation and Wellness CentreCampus Ice Centre and Campus Fieldhouse, are closed to the public, students and employees.
  • Campus Health Centre

    The Campus Health Centre is open for virtual and pre-scheduled appointments. Only those approved for an in-person appointment will be allowed access to the clinic.


    • Monday to Friday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. for daily cleaning)


    • 905.721.8668 ext. 3037

    Mental health supports

    • See the Mental health supports section.
  • Mental health supports

    Mental health supports have transitioned to online delivery modes.


    • Faculty and staff can continue to refer students to our services and connect with us via email or by visiting the Student Mental Health Services website.

    • Student Mental Health Services (SMHS):
      • Use Stepped Care to access mental health and well-being supports. Stepped Care reduces wait times and provide a more customized approach to care by matching students with varying levels of support appropriate to their needs, including self-help options, single-session supports, peer support, workshops, groups, one-to-one therapy and specialized supports.
      • You can also make an appointment with a Student Wellness Co-ordinator by:
    • Good2Talk Helpline (24/7): 1.866.925.5454
    • Crisis Text Line (24/7) support via text by texting GOOD2TALKON to 686868.

    Faculty and staff:

    • Employee and Family Assistance Program: 1.844.880.9142 or 1.877.338.0275 (TTY service). 

    Note: Wait times may be longer than usual.

    Additional supports

    The Ontario government has made the following additional mental health supports available:

    • For Ontarians currently receiving mental health and addictions services and supports, please contact your current service provider to learn about potential virtual care options.
    • For Ontarians interested in public addictions services and mental health services for those over 18, they can contact ConnexOntario, Ontario's mental health, addictions and problem gambling help line at 1.866.531.2600.
    • Children and youth under 18 can locate mental health services through the and Kids Help Phone websites, or contact Kids Help Phone (1.800.668.6868) for 24/7 support, if they need someone to talk to.
    • To access BounceBack and their guided self-help program using workbooks with phone coaching support, visit or ask your primary care provider for a referral.

    The federal government also launched Wellness Together Canada, an online portal that connects Canadians to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls. The portal will make it easier to find credible information and help address mental health and substance use issues. Access Wellness Together Canada on and the Canada COVID-19 app.

  • On-campus food services

    With fewer people on campus during the Fall semester, only the UB Café (Business and Information Technology Building, first floor) is open to university faculty, staff and students at this time.


    • Monday to Thursday - 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Fridays - 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Note: Due to COVID-19 protocols, Ontario Tech employees and students are asked to not enter/walk through Durham College (DC) buildings to access food services in those buildings, just as DC employees and students are asked to not enter/walk through Ontario Tech buildings.

  • Shop Ontario Tech

    The new Shop Ontario Tech is now open for in-store and online sales.

    Located in the Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre, Room 1058, Shop Ontario Tech sells new, used, electronic and rental textbooks as well as university-branded gear.

    Curbside pickup service

    Students can now order textbooks, course materials, branded merchandise, electronics and school supplies online, and pick up their orders on campus from the comfort of their vehicles.

    Curbside pickup is available Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. until Friday, September 25.  Three designated pickup spots are located along Founders Gate, east of Founders Drive; they are marked with numbered signs. Note: Please wait for the email confirming your order is ready for pickup before proceeding to the pickup location. You’ll receive instructions for picking up your order in your confirmation email.

    In-person visits

    Throughout the year, Shop Ontario Tech is open to in-person visitors Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are required and customers are advised to leave ample time for an in-person visit, as physical distancing measures will be in place.

    Shop by Banner ID

    It’s now easier than ever for students to find their book list online. All they need to do is visit, enter their Banner ID in the Shop by Banner ID box on the store’s home page, and their personal course materials list will appear.

  • IT Services

    The Information Technology (IT) Service Desk has temporarily moved in-person services for Ontario Tech University students, staff and faculty from the Gordon Willey Building, South Wing SW100 to the main level of the North Oshawa Campus Library for the Fall semester. Please only use this location to access in-person IT services.

    Services include:

    • Hardware:
      • Laptop hardware collection/pickups
      • Laptop distribution
      • Laptop troubleshooting
    • Other:
      • Password services – access, reset, troubleshooting
      • Printing questions
      • Technology questions/answers

    In-person hours:

    • Monday to Thursday– 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
    • Friday - 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

    In addition, the Service Desk remains available to help you resolve IT issues remotely. Contact them at 905.721.2000 ext. 3333 or

    Remote hours:

    • Monday to Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Note: All IT Service Desks will close:

    • Monday, October 12 (Thanksgiving)
    • Friday, December 25, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021 (Christmas Day through New Year’s Day)
  • Campus Childcare Centre

    The Campus Childcare Centre (CCC) has reopened. 

    The CCC has implemented all pandemic-related health and safety precautions, regulations and procedures, so you can have peace of mind that your children will be safe and well cared-for.

    For more information, contact Carrieann Knapp, Supervisor, CCC.

  • Ontario Tech Student Union offices

    The OTSU offices are closed until further notice; for more information, visit

Students are encouraged to only come to campus for required in-class components and leave afterwards.

However, if you need to stay on campus, you can use these spaces: 


North Oshawa campus location



Business and Information Technology Building 

  • First-floor atrium
  • Mezzanine (second floor, east side of the building) 
  • UB Café
Science Building
  • East Atrium
  • Founding Deans Atrium (west side of building)
  • Bench seating on second, third and fourth floors
Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre
  • Atrium
  • East side of building: study areas on the second, third and fourth floors
ACE/OPG Engineering Building
  • First-floor atrium
Software and Informatics Research Centre
  • Room 1350 (multipurpose room)

Polonsky Commons

  • Muskoka chairs in front of Campus Library

North Oshawa Campus Library

  • First, second and third floors

Downtown Oshawa campus location

61 Charles Street Building
  • Second floor


Science Building:

  • Room 1120
  • Room 1140



In-person events are cancelled/postponed until further notice. Many events are taking place in a virtual format.

For information regarding specific events, visit

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