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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.

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Government updates

July 31: Launch of COVID-19 alert app

As Ontarians continue to do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario government is encouraging everyone to download the new COVID-19 Alert app on their smartphone from the Apple and Google Play app stores. This app lets users know if they may have been exposed to the virus. It is free, easy and safe to use. The more people who download the app, the more effective it will be in stopping the spread of COVID-19.


April 22: Federal government proposes support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19

On April 22 the Government of Canada proposed comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. This plan will provide students with financial support this summer, help them continue their studies in the fall, and provide opportunities for many to get the experience they need to start their careers. 

These measures include launching:

  • The proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which would support students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.
  • The new Canada Student Service Grant, which will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic. Through this grant, students who choose to do national service and serve their communities will receive up to $5,000 for their education in the fall. 

In addition, the government announced plans to:

  • Double the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time students to up to $6,000, and up to $3,600 for part-time students in 2020-2021. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities and Students with Dependents would also be doubled.
  • Broaden eligibility for student financial assistance, and enhance the Canada Student Loans Program by raising the maximum weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-2021 from $210 to $350.
  • Increase support for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education.
  • Extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, and supplement existing federal research grants, to support students and postdoctoral fellows.  In addition, the government intends to enhance work opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows through the National Research Council of Canada.

As part of this initiative, the Government of Canada will introduce legislation to be considered by Parliament.

Read the full announcement.


April 15: Government of Canada connects Canadians with mental wellness supports during COVID-19

COVID-19 is a global public health challenge that has changed the daily lives of people around the world. During these difficult times, it is critical that Canadians be able to obtain credible information and access services to support their mental health and wellbeing.

The federal government has 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.

Read the full announcement.


April 8: Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program

The COVID-19 pandemic is posing many challenges to young people who would normally be looking for summer jobs right now. On April 8, the Government of Canada announced temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program to help small businesses hire and keep the workers they need so they can continue to deliver essential services. The result: more job opportunities for youth between 15 and 30 years of age.

Program changes include:

  • Ability for companies to apply for Canada Summer Jobs funding even if they did not meet the original application deadline of February 28, 2020.
  • Employers will be able to receive a subsidy worth as much as the minimum wage in their respective province to cover the cost of hiring students.
  • Extension of the timeframe for job placements until February 28, 2021, to reflect the fact many summer jobs will be delayed.
  • Businesses that have had to scale back their operations can hire a student for a part-time position.

Read the full announcement.

April 7: Provincial support for families

The Province of Ontario has opened a portal to apply for financial support for parents with children who are not in school or child care because of COVID-19. This benefit is $200 for each child under 12 years old and $250 for each child under 21 years old with special needs.

April 3: Today’s release of provincial models and projections reinforces importance of interventions taken

In a briefing today, Public Health Ontario released its models and projections for COVID-19 impacts.  Here’s a summary of key points:

  • Over the course of the pandemic, between 3,000 and 15,000 deaths related to COVID-19 are predicted with current public health measures in place, compared to a total projected 100,000 deaths if no action were taken.
  • The pandemic could last 18 to 24 months.
  • Based on the current interventions in place, Public Health Ontario is projecting 1,600 deaths and 80,000 cases by the end of April.

Learn more and review Public Health Ontario modelling.

This new information reinforces the critical importance of all measures taken at Ontario Tech since the beginning of the pandemic. We all need to do our part and continue to follow public health directives and guidelines as we adapt during these challenging times.  Thanks to everyone for your continued support of our shift to online delivery and operational changes necessary at Ontario Tech to help flatten the curve.

April 3: International students may be eligible for EI

Workers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents—including temporary foreign workers and eligible international students—may be eligible to receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

For more information and eligibility requirements, visit the Service Canada website. Any questions regarding Employment Insurance (EI) need to be directed to the Service Canada website or to 1.800.206.7218. Note: Service Canada is experiencing a high volume of calls so the wait time will be longer than usual. 

If applicable, Service Canada now takes EI applications online.


April 2: Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan scores highly with Ontario Tech University

The Government of Canada’s announced COVID-19 Economic Response Plan includes strategic investments to support students as well as targeted COVID-19-related research. Ontario Tech University recognizes these important investments and the quick passage of Bill C-13, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, as key actions to aid Canadians.

Read the full story on the university’s news website.

April 2: Government of Canada's COVID-19 app

The Government of Canada recently launched a COVID-19 App. The app connects people to the latest updates, trusted resources, and tools to self-assess symptoms.

April 1: Reminder regarding emergency orders prohibiting large gatherings and parties

Students are reminded to respect the emergency orders issued by the provincial government to help ‘flatten the curve’ and reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in the community.

Emergency orders include a prohibition on organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. This applies to gatherings both on and off campus. Failure to comply with this emergency order is an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).

On March 31 the Ontario government announced that anyone who is charged with an offence under the EMCPA will be required to identify themselves if asked by a provincial offences officer, which includes police officers, First Nations constables, special constables and municipal by-law enforcement officers.

Failure to correctly identify oneself carries a fine of $750 to $1,000. In addition, failure to comply with an emergency order could carry punishments of up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual.

Note: If students are found gathering on campus, Campus Security personnel will notify the City of Oshawa’s by-law enforcement office.

April 1: Government of Ontario and eCampus Ontario partnership a positive move for students

Ontario Tech University welcomes the Government of Ontario’s and eCampusOntario’s new agreement as they take an important step forward to ensure post-secondary students can successfully complete the academic year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full story on the university’s news website.

March 26: Government of Ontario’s COVID 19 Action Plan receives top marks from Ontario Tech University

The Government of Ontario announced an action plan March 25 to support its citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ontario Tech University recognizes this response as an important step to protect the health and well-being of Ontarians, and to help flatten the curve.

Read the full story on the university’s news website.

March 25: COVID-19 self-assessment tool available

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool and follow the instructions it provides to seek further care.

See the university’s COVID-19 health recommendations page for public health contact information.

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