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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

Update 19: February 16, 2021

University operations as Durham Region moves to red zone

The Province of Ontario has announced that Durham Region will move to the red ‘control’ zone of COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. This change does not affect current restrictions in place at the university, with the exception of on-campus Athletics facilities and the Campus Libraries:

  • Campus Ice Centre and Campus Field House
    • Tuesday, February 16 - community rentals to resume.
  • Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC)
    • Thursday, February 18 - open to students, faculty and staff by appointment.
  • Campus Libraries – reopening Monday, March 1

Note: In-person classes and labs will continue as usual. Students returning to classes on Monday, February 22 should check Canvas for specific course-related information prior to the start of class.

Please do not come to campus unless:

  • You are part of on-campus essential services or approved research supports.
  • You are a student attending previously approved in-person classes and labs.
  • You are accessing Athletics facilities or the Campus Library. Note: CRWC access is by appointment only.

If you need to come to campus, follow the access instructions in the Prior to arriving on campus section of this message.

Staff and faculty will continue working from home to ensure academic programming, student services and business operations remain functional.

Our ability to provide a safe on-campus experience depends upon each member of the university community doing their part for our collective health and safety.

Essential services

  • IT Services.
  • Security.
  • Facilities (includes mail service, HVAC maintenance, cleaning).
  • Student residence (with takeout food services); for more information, contact the residence front desk at 905.728.8700 ext. 8000 or at info@dc-otresidence.ca.
  • Select research projects and supports.
  • Animal care.
  • Activities predicated on regulatory requirements.
  • Construction work and services.

Note: On-campus food services will remain closed until September.

Prior to arriving to campus

If you need to come to campus, complete the mandatory COVID-19 screening questionnaire on the same day, prior to arriving. Only come to campus if you receive an email confirmation permitting you to do so. You must wear a non-medical mask or face covering when inside buildings on campus and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Mental health services

We understand this continues to be a challenging time. Please know that there are support services available to help. 

Important links

For more information, contact the university's Pandemic Response Team at COVIDOTF@ontariotechu.ca.