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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.

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Update 9: April 5, 2021

Dear members of the Ontario Tech research community, 

Effective Saturday, April 3, at 12:01 a.m. all of Ontario entered a Provincewide 'Emergency Brake' Shutdown as announced by Premier Doug Ford. As a result, additional operational and safety considerations will need to be implemented by the Ontario Tech research community. As before, I am providing the following update and guidance to help you navigate the changing requirements:  

  • Return to remote activities preparedness: For researchers who prefer to, or must, transition back to remote research activities or who will continue to conduct research on campus (as approved), please refer to the return to remote activities preparedness information on the Health and Safety website.
  • On-campus research (already approved): Approved on-campus research can continue under the current framework. Please ensure continued vigilance with approved safety measures to ensure a safe research environment. If you have questions, please contact your Faculty On-Campus Research Committee lead or refer to the Health and Safety website. Approved researchers will receive an email confirmation for their on-campus access that can be provided to Campus Security along with proof of completion of the COVID-19 screening questionnaire.
  • On-campus research (new requests): New requests for on-campus research activities will continue to follow the on-campus research approval process –Stage 3 of the Stages to Resume Research Activities on Campus. Details regarding the Return to On-Campus Research - Process and Application are available on the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation website.

Human Subject Research: The Research Ethics Board (REB) suspended all research involving in-person contact with human participants on December 26, 2020This suspension remains in effect. Additionally, all on-site research being conducted at hospitals or other in person facilities must adhere to the policies of those facilities.

Researchers must ensure there is a plan in place to ramp down or discontinue in-person research activities without compromising the safety of study participants while maintaining the principles of the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 (TCPS 2). As part of the ramp down/discontinuation of research, researchers must conduct the following:  

  • Research protocols must be modified or delayed to limit unnecessary personal contacts.
  • Reduce in-person participant interactions and replace with telephone or online communication.
  • Postpone in-person study visits, focus groups, interviews, and/or conducted on-line/virtual format. 
  • Ensure data and files are accessible remotely while respecting privacy legislations, requirements of the TCPS 2 and data management plan as outlined in the REB application.
  • Arrange installation of any specific computer applications required to complete work remotely.  
  • Inform the REB of any changes that have been made to the protocol and revisions to the informed consent form that may impact a participant’s decision to continue with the research. This must be submitted to the REB through a change request application. The change request submission must include a completed copy of the university’s ramp-down closure checklist found on the Health and Safety website

Please see the research-related FAQ for more details. Additionally, you can find our standard operating procedures with respect to declared emergencies on the REB website. We will continue to monitor the situation and post any updates on the Research website.

Where possible, researchers should consider ramping down on-campus research activities. If you have any questions related to the ramping down of research activities, or other questions or concerns related to COVID-19 and/or its impact on research activities, please refer to the following resources:

Research is vitally important to Ontario Tech University. We are doing all we can under the current COVID-19 restrictions to continue to facilitate both on-campus and off-site research. If you have any questions about your research funding or other matters pertaining to your research, please feel free to contact staff in the Office of Research Services

I wish that everyone remains safe and healthy as we continue to navigate the pandemic. 


Les Jacobs, PhD, FRSC
Vice-President, Research and Innovation