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Note: The university’s mandatory vaccine directive is now in effect. Learn more about vaccine requirements.
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 2: August 25, 2021

Update on Ontario Tech University’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for coming to campus

The health and safety of our campus and the broader community has always been Ontario Tech University’s top priority.

The Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health has clearly stated that vaccination against COVID-19 is the single most effective public-health measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and end the global pandemic. When combined with other public-health measures (including physical distancing, capacity limits, and indoor mask use), vaccinations will help keep our campus community healthy.

On August 12 the university announced a mandatory vaccination directive for faculty, staff, students and all other individuals coming to campus. As stated, this mandatory vaccination directive takes effect Friday, September 3 and the entire campus community has been urged to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the Fall semester, where possible. The university is allowing faculty, staff and students until Sunday, October 17 to receive their second dose.

Today we’re communicating more information about the process we will follow to help our campus community meet the requirements under the mandatory vaccination directive:

Providing proof of vaccination before coming to campus

The university will launch a software/mobile application that will allow you to upload a copy of an official government-issued document or the document you received from the organization that administered your vaccine.

From Friday, September 3 until Sunday, October 17 only those who have completed one of the following will be allowed onto campus:

  • Uploaded proof of being fully vaccinated (a double-dose vaccine or Johnson & Johnson single dose); or
  • Uploaded proof of  an Ontario Tech University-approved accommodation letter; or
  • Self-declaration of partial vaccination, proof of a negative rapid test and a plan to get a second-dose vaccine before Sunday, October 17.

You will receive confirmation via email indicating your approval to come to campus.

After Sunday, October 17, those who have not provided proof of a complete series of COVID-19 vaccines or an approved accommodation will not be permitted on campus.

Note: To continue to protect the health and safety of the campus community, approved accommodations may include measures other than the applicant being granted access to campus.

Temporary rapid-testing process for partially vaccinated individuals who are required to come to campus

Rapid testing protocols are not preventive and are not a replacement for immunization. However, the university will implement a temporary rapid-testing process for those individuals who are required to come to campus, have received their first dose by September 3, and can demonstrate they are working toward receiving their second dose. This process will allow these individuals to access campus until Sunday, October 17 as long as they provide a negative rapid test every time they come to campus. After Sunday, October 17, those who have not provided proof of a complete series of COVID-19 vaccines or an approved accommodation will not be permitted on campus.

If you require a rapid test, it will be available at:

North Oshawa campus location:

The university is considering adding more on-campus rapid testing locations based on demand.

A registered nurse will administer the rapid test. You will receive your result in approximately 20 minutes. If you receive a negative test result, you will receive further instructions on how to proceed to campus. If you receive a positive test, you will not be able to enter any other buildings and will have to leave campus. 

Note: These processes for vaccination/accommodation verification and campus access apply only to the Fall 2021 term and may be altered as required. The university will continue to follow existing health and safety protocols, including mask wearing, hand hygiene, physical distancing, and other possible measures. We will continue to re-evaluate these processes based on measures put in place by the Province of Ontario and Durham Region Health Department guidelines. 

Thank you for doing your part to keep one another safe and to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, now and over the long term.

Note: Please see our list of frequently asked questions on the Ready for You website outlining further details related to Ontario Tech’s mandatory vaccination directive.

For more information, contact lookingahead@ontariotechu.ca.

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