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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 6: September 11, 2020

Changes to Durham Region Transit routes to campus and information regarding U-Pass

Durham Region Transit (DRT) has made a number of changes to routes that stop on or near campus to assist during COVID-19. Visit the DRT website to familiarize yourself with new route numbers and schedules.

Important notes:

  • For the convenience of Ontario Tech commuters, DRT has added more bus stops adjacent to our buildings (see the stops on this map):
    • The east and west side of Simcoe Street near Founders Gate
    • The southeast corner of Conlin Road and Simcoe Street.
  • Buses will continue to stop at the bus loop in front of the Gordon Willey Building to pick up and drop off commuters. However, due to COVID-19 protocols, Ontario Tech employees and students are asked to not enter/walk through Durham College (DC) buildings just as DC employees and students are asked to not enter/walk through Ontario Tech buildings.

U-Pass update

The annual Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) fee allows full-time students to use their Campus ID card for unlimited access to Durham Region Transit during the academic year.

With fewer students coming to campus this semester, based on a request from the Ontario Tech Student Union (OTSU), the university will not charge the U-Pass fee for the Fall 2020 term. This means you will not be able to use your Campus ID card as a bus pass during the Fall semester. If you choose to take transit, you will be responsible for paying your own fare. Updates will be provided once a decision is made regarding the U-Pass program for the Winter 2021 term.