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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

Travel information and advisories

On March 16, the Government of Canada announced new restrictions. These are changing constantly. Please monitor the COVID-19 Travel advice page on the Public Health Agency of Canada website.


The safety of the Ontario Tech University community is of utmost importance. The university continues to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19.

Authorities in countries worldwide have introduced additional travel restrictions and quarantines/self-isolation mandates, along with health-screening measures at various borders and airports, which poses challenges when entering and departing from certain areas.  

Given these travel restrictions, as well as the evolving COVID-19 situation and its natural trend line, the university is taking a number of precautionary steps as outlined in the FAQ below:

Travel exemptions for international students

The Government of Canada has introduced some exemptions to the air travel restrictions recently put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19. These include an exemption for international students who are currently abroad but already held a valid study permit or were approved to study in Canada prior to March 18. This exemption will allow international students who meet this criteria to return to Canada to resume their studies and take exams when classrooms re-open.

Note:

  • Study permit applicants who were approved after the travel restriction took effect on March 18 are not exempt from the air travel restrictions.
  • If you’re travelling by air, you need to pass a health check before you’re allowed to board your flight. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.
  • When you arrive in Canada, your health will be assessed before you leave the port of entry. You must isolate for 14 days even if you have no symptoms. This is mandatory.

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