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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 5: September 3, 2020

Ready for you this fall

Dear students,

As the summer winds down, we’re looking forward to an exciting year at Ontario Tech University.

While our 2020-2021 academic year will be quite different from other years, we will continue to work together to deliver the best academic year we can under the weight of COVID-19.  

We’ve proven we are well-positioned to adapt rapidly and seamlessly to the ever-changing educational landscape, while providing a safe, healthy and engaging environment for our campus community. Thanks to our long-standing commitment to embedding technology throughout our academic programs, campus environment and research, Ontario Tech has quickly adapted to technological changes, which will ensure that you will get the most out of your university experience.

There’s no better place for our campus community to be as we move into 2020 and beyond.

Staying safe and well

This is a crucial time for us to work together as a community to keep everyone safe and healthy as we implement a gradual return to campus in accordance with the Government of Ontario’s phased approach to reopening and all advice from public-health officials. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to check out the What to expect on campus section of our Ready for You website to learn about the health and safety measures we’ve established for those who have been approved to be on campus. These measures include increased cleaning, protocol signage, and the requirement to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while inside university buildings.

With fewer people on campus this semester, please remember these initiatives that can help keep you safe:

  • For Safety Walk (security guard) escorts to university buildings or parking lots:
    • North Oshawa location: Call Campus Security at 905.721.8668 ext. 2400 or 905.721.3211.
    • Downtown location: Call Campus Security at 905.721.8668 ext. 5616.
  • Emergency call stations throughout the north Oshawa campus location to gain instant contact with security.

Financial help

We recognize the emotional, social and financial toll COVID-19 has had on our students. We know there will be financial challenges for many of you this September. Our Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) office is here to help.

Visit the financial assistance for students page on the Ready for You site for the latest information on:

  • Applying for available bursaries and awards.
  • Enhancements to the Ontario Student Assistance Program.
  • How to get in touch with SAFA.

What’s open on campus

Here’s a quick list of key services that are opening back up (with limitations) this fall:

  • Selected Student Life services (including mental health and financial support).
  • Campus Health Centre (open for virtual and pre-scheduled appointments).
  • North Oshawa Campus Library (limited hours).
  • IT Service Desk (open for limited and controlled access).
  • NEW: Ontario Tech Campus Book and Retail Store (located in ERC Room 1058).
  • Food services (limited to UB Cafeteria).

You’ll find details on the What to expect on campus section of the Ready for You website; keep checking this page for updates. You can also get a quick view of our plans to resume on-campus activities, as restrictions allow, by visiting the Return-to-campus at a glance summary page.

Remember, your Ontario Tech family is here for you. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to


Dr. Steven Murphy                                                   Dr. Lori A. Livingston
President and Vice-Chancellor                              Provost and Vice-President, Academic