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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 5: September 20, 2021

Screening and vaccination-verification process for external visitors coming to Ontario Tech University

The health and safety of the campus and the broader community is Ontario Tech University’s top priority.

Following discussions surrounding the ongoing risks posed by COVID-19, including the emergence of new variants, Ontario Tech now requires all students, faculty, staff and all other individuals coming to any campus location to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The university’s mandatory vaccination directive includes all external visitors (those who are not faculty, staff and students), such as volunteers, service-delivery personnel, partners and supporters, alumni, prospective students and their families, community members and anyone else accessing or using any university-occupied facilities at Ontario Tech’s north and downtown Oshawa campus locations. 

In addition to this directive, beginning Wednesday, September 22, the university must also adhere to the Province of Ontario’s requirements for proof of full vaccination status (proof of two doses plus 14 days, plus presentation of photo ID) for individuals accessing certain public settings and facilities.

What is the screening and vaccination verification process for external visitors?

Beginning Wednesday, September 22: Only those external visitors who have received a double-dose vaccine or Johnson & Johnson single dose, or are under the age of 12, will be permitted on campus.

External visitors will complete the university’s mandatory daily COVID-19 screening questionnaire (via the mobile app or the website) on each day they come to campus, prior to their arrival. The screening questionnaire will ask each visitor to self-declare their vaccination status, or indicate that the visitor under their supervision is under 12 years of age, if applicable. Once they complete the screening questionnaire, they will receive an electronic screening receipt that includes the colour green, indicating permission to come to campus.

Prior to entering university buildings, Campus Security personnel situated at designated building entrances will ask to see:

  • A paper copy, photo or PDF of the visitor’s most recent vaccination receipt; and
  • The visitor’s green electronic screening receipt indicating they may come to campus; and
  • A valid piece of photo identification, such as a driver’s license or health card.

Notes:

  • Parents/guardians of visitors under the age of 12 will only need to present the child’s green electronic screening receipt. Only the parent/guardian accompanying the child will need to present valid photo ID.
  • Vaccination receipts can be printed or downloaded from the provincial booking portal.

Once digital vaccine certificates become available, the university will communicate any updates to this process or these requirements.

Note: These processes for external visitors vary from the previously communicated protocols that apply for all Ontario Tech students, faculty and staff.

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.

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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