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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

Athletics & Recreation

Our 8,400-square-metre, fully-equipped Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre offers a gym membership, fitness programs, recreational leagues and more. If you’re looking for a little competition, our Ridgebacks’ teams contend at all levels. Other on-campus activities range from yoga, Pilates, boot camps and spin classes, to personal training, sports clubs, intramurals and extramurals. We’ve got something healthy for everybody. 

What is a Ridgeback?

Ridgebacks Spirit Dog

ridge•back  /’rijbak/ 


South African hunting dog. Versatile hunter and home guardian. Smart, sometimes stubborn.

A Ridgeback embodies our university’s identity. It’s also our faithful mascot that represents over 250 varsity student-athletes, and intramural and extramural teams. 

Varsity athletics

At Ontario Tech we strive to deliver first-class varsity programs that contend annually in the OUA and U SPORTS. The athlete experience is our core business, which drives our commitment of building a sense of pride and tradition on campus that our student athletes can be proud to be a part of. Students interested in Varsity athletics are encouraged to reach out to coaches through the athletics website

Video sessions are over now but send us an email at if you still have questions, and stay tuned for more sessions in the future!

Thanks for an amazing Virtual Open House.

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Ridgebacks at a glance

Sports offered at the varsity level
Goals scored by varsity hockey teams since the program began in 2007
Students who register for intramural programming each year
Ridgebacks won their first ever OUA championship (women’s soccer)
The OUA’s women’s lacrosse league’s MVP, rookie of the year and coach of the year were all Ridgebacks