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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

Student Life

Your experience with us is about more than attending classes. Our Student Life team provides the supports and connections you need to make your student journey right for you.

Here’s a sample of some of the supports available to you at Ontario Tech:

  • Academic support
  • Accessibility
  • Career Readiness
  • Health and Wellness
  • Peer support/community
  • Inclusion and Equity

Live session

Ask our team your specific questions about student life. Join the video session below.

Student Life presenta...

Student Life presentation and Q&A session

Open from 1 to 3:30 p.m. 

Student Life live video Q&A session

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

Our looping 20 minute presentation will run from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.  

A few friendly reminders: 

  • mute your microphone
  • be respectful
  • don't be shy - ask your questions via the chat function
    • write your name in the chat window and we will call out your name for your question
    • if you prefer to have your question read out by the moderator, type your question in the chat window directly 

Sessions are now over.  Thank you for joining us today!

About us

About us

About us

Student Life is the university's student support network outside of the classroom. We're made up of eight teams that provide students with the services and resources they need to succeed academically, personally and socially.

Our team includes: 

  • Athletics and Recreation
  • Career Centre
  • Indigenous Education and Cultural Services
  • Student Accessibility Services
  • Student Engagement and Equity
  • Student Learning Centre
  • Student Mental Health Services



We know you're thinking about becoming a student at Ontario Tech; we can't wait to meet you! Here's what we have to offer:

  • Academic support
    • Strengthen your academic skillset and inspire future academic success. 
  • Accessibility
    • Accommodations, financial support and events to build a fully accessible university, and to ensure all students have equal opportunities to succeed. 
  • Career readiness
    • A range of events, internship and co-op opportunities to guide you in your career exploration, and preparation.
  • Community
    • Engage and unite on our campus with a diverse group of students; we encourage community engagement through athletics, Indigenous Education and Cultural Services, peer support, and more. 
  • Equity and Inclusion
    • We aim to have an equitable and inclusive campus. Help us create a more inclusive campus through workshops and a variety of other supports.
  • Health and Wellness
    • We are dedicated to supporting your mental and physical health, and offer a multitude of supports and recreation activities on campus. 

Learn more on our Student Services web page

Parents and Families

Parents and Families

Parents and families

We welcome the support system of every student. We hope that you continue to be engaged in your student's success and development. 

Support your student through their:

  • Academics
  • Accessibility needs
  • Career
  • Health and well being
  • Transition

Learn more about how you can provide support on the Student Life web page

Frequently asked questions


  • What is Student Life?

    Student Life is a university department that provides out-of-the-classroom support and services for students. It’s the part of your campus community that is devoted to making sure your university journey is rewarding and successful. You’ll find a supportive, professional team that can help you build new connections with your peers, strengthen your academic and leadership skills, improve your health and well-being, and help you prepare for a great career when you graduate. 

    Our services and programs are available online and in-person. For more information visit
  • What supports are available for international students?

    Video answer

    Student Life offers support to international students in many areas, including orientation and transition support, community support, documentation, and immigration questions.

    Visit for more information.


  • When should I start preparing for university?
    As soon as you accept your offer of admission to Ontario Tech, you should check your email account to learn about your next steps and plan to attend the MyStart orientation programming, starting in July.
  • How do I find out about services for students with disabilities?

    Student Accessibility Services (SAS) works with students with disabilities to arrange academic accommodations to support them in their studies. This may include assistive technologies, access to course material in alternate formats, or one-on-one support.

    Once you have accepted your offer of admission, get in touch with SAS by emailing to make an appointment and explore next steps.   

  • What if I’m having difficulty keeping up with everything?

    Video answer

    If you're having difficulty keeping up, there are many peer supports and programs that Student Life provides to help with academics, social adjustment to university life, community involvement, career planning, and more. 

    Visit to learn more.

  • What mental health services are available?

    There is support for students experiencing academic challenges caused by personal, physical or emotional difficulties through a range of short-term counselling and therapy services using a 'Stepped Care' model to provide service that is appropriate to individual need. There is no charge for these services.

    Visit for more information.
  • Why should I attend MyStart Orientation?

    Every student will have a different experience attending MyStart Orientation, but across the board, students say it helped them make friends and reduced their nervousness about going into the new situation of university life. You can make your experience unique to you and MyStart is a great foundation!

    Visit for more information.

  • What is my first year going to be like and how will it be different than high school?

    Video answer

    You'll have a lot more flexibility with your time and work, but that means more responsibility.

    You’ll have to keep on top of your own deadlines and work planning, which means you can find the schedule that works for you and balances your academic, social, family, and professional life.

  • How do I get involved and meet new people?

    Video answer

    You can meet new people at MyStart orientation, by joining clubs and student groups, writing for the Digital Community, joining  health and wellness activities, or by joining a learning community. You’ll be assigned a peer leader who can help you find the involvement opportunity that’s right for you.


Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Student Learning Centre

Career Centre