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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 2: July 30, 2020

Getting ready for Fall 2020

For the last several months, dedicated teams of administrative and academic staff have been working hard behind the scenes to plan for the coming academic year, in accordance with the Government of Ontario’s phased approach to reopening and advice from public-health officials.

As we prepare to welcome new and returning students this fall, we’ll continue to move forward with the academic and research mission of the university, while prioritizing the health, safety and well-being of all members of our community.

Working and learning

Ontario Tech is ready for limited expansion to on-campus course and research offerings. Plans for the fall remain focused on combining the delivery of most of its academic programming through online channels, together with active hands-on learning on campus in areas that are more challenging to transition online, such as labs, simulations and practicums (subject to Government of Ontario and public-health guidelines).

At this time, we remain focused on having employees work remotely to decrease density on campus and to mitigate the exposure of those whose work requires them to be on campus. We are also aware of how the circumstances surrounding remote work are unique for each employee. Through the work of our Human Resources department and our Remote Work Task Force, we are undertaking careful review to consider ways to respond most responsibly and effectively to these realities. Updates will be shared as further direction and guidelines are developed.

What to expect as we gradually return to campus

As part of the phased return to campus, we’ve implemented a number of appropriate health and safety measures. We’ve increased cleaning by focusing on high-touch-point items and common areas. You can find the university’s enhanced cleaning protocols on the Ready for You website. Additional information on what to expect as we gradually return to campus will be posted on this site as it becomes available.

As a reminder, the university now requires anyone on campus to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while inside university buildings. You can find a list of questions and answers about masks on the Ready for You website. Note: While we’re mandating masks, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is the last line of defense in protecting community members against potential exposure. Please remember to physically distance at all times and practise frequent handwashing.

For a quick view of the university’s plans to gradually resume on-campus activities, see the updated at-a-glance summary on our Ready for You website. Here you’ll also learn the various stages we’ve achieved in our gradual return to campus.

Thank all of you for your ongoing efforts throughout the last several months. We look forward to providing an enriched experience for all campus community members in 2020-2021 and beyond as we move toward an innovative, reimagined future.