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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

Health recommendations

  • What is COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and where can I find out more about it?

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness in humans ranging from the common the common cold and pneumonia to more severe diseases.

    COVID-19 is the name of a new (novel) strain of coronavirus.

    Visit the Durham Region Health Department COVID-19 page for information on:

    • How COVID-19 spreads
    • Signs and symptoms
    • What you can do to can protect yourself
  • What should I do if I feel unwell?

    Any person who has at least one symptom, even if the symptom(s) are mild, should self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. See a list of symptoms on the Durham Region Health Department website.

    Please do not come to campus.

    Find your closest testing location

    Durham Region Health Department contact information

    Note: Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

    • Durham Health Connection Line: 905.668.2020 or 1.800.841.2729 (respondig to messages only, in priority sequency, Monday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. )
    • TeleHealth Ontario: 1.866.797.0000

    Note: If you have general questions, do not call the Durham Health Connection Line. Instead, check the Region of Durham’s COVID-19 information page first, and call Telehealth if you still can’t find answers.

  • What's Ontario Tech's COVID-19 protocol for those who have tested positive or have been asked to isolate?

    Now, more than ever, it’s important for all of us to work together as a community to keep everyone safe and healthy.

    We’ve developed a COVID-19 reporting protocol to isolate and contain all situations that arise for those who visit or live on campus.

    • If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to campus. Seek guidance from Public Health.
    • If a faculty member, staff member or student receives a positive COVID-19 test, Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) assesses the risk of transmission within the university community, as well as the need for contact tracing and follow-up. DRPH provides direction to the university to mitigate any risk of community transmission. The university provides DRPH with information to help with contact tracing.
    • If Public Health asks you to isolate, or if you test positive, your first step should always be to notify our Case Management team. Please refer to our COVID-19 reporting process document for additional details.
      • Important note: Do not return to campus until you have been cleared by Public Health and the university’s Case Management team has given you permission to return.
    • If you become aware of someone who is perceived to be ill, or has tested positive, or if you live with or have otherwise come into contact with someone who has been exposed or has tested positive and has been to campus, follow the steps outlined in our COVID-19 reporting process document.
  • What are some preventive measures I can follow?

    See the How can I protect myself? section on the Durham Region COVID-19 page for information on how to reduce the spread of germs, including COVID-19 and the flu.

    On-campus measures:

    • Wear a mask or face covering in all university buildings.
    • Self-screen daily, practise physical distancing, and sanitize your hands regularly.
    • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, service appointment or if you absolutely need to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library.
    • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled appointment or activity.
    • Follow physical distancing whenever possible, including when you are off campus.
  • What’s the difference between social and physical distancing?

    You’ve likely heard the term ‘social distancing’ used when describing how to minimize close contact with others as a way of reducing the spread of illnesses like COVID-19 during an outbreak.

    However, ‘physical distancing’ is a more accurate term, as it clearly emphasizes the need to be physically apart from others, without sacrificing social contact. Physical distancing is important to practise when you are on campus as an essential worker or in a research lab.  We still need to take care of our mental and emotional health by sticking together socially—just in virtual ways.

  • How do I practise physical distancing?
    See the physical distancing guidelines from the Durham Region Health Department.
  • What are some things I can do to take care of my general mental and physical health during this time?

    See the mental, physical, financial and social wellness tips posted on the university's Healtyy Workplace website.

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