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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 and 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. 

Live session

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Athletics and Recreation
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

Athletics and Recreation live video session and Q&A

We’re excited to say hello to you virtually! Join our sessions to get in on the conversation—we’ll be here from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

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    • Write your name in the chat window and we will call out your name for your question
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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. 

Ontario Tech Ridgebacks logo

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

Ridgebacks at a glance

Sports offered at the varsity level
Ontario Tech student athletes had a GPA of 3.5 or higher
Students who register for intramural programming each year
The Ridgebacks won their first ever OUA championship with the women’s varsity soccer team
12 student athletes and coaches were named OUA all-stars/major award winners