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COVID-19 information and screening Learn how we’re keeping our campus community safe, healthy and engaged during our gradual return to campus.
Note: Faculty, staff, students and visitors must complete the mandatory screening questionnaire before coming to campus.
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

Buildings and services

We remain focused on having employees work remotely to decrease density on campus and to maintain physical distancing for those whose work requires them to be on campus. We are limiting building entry and campus use for only those who require it.

Buildings

  • Designated building entrances and hours of operation

    Ontario Tech University continues to limit access to buildings and facilities. See building hours and designated entrances below.

    Note: The doors will be locked at 5 p.m.; however, individuals in the building will have until 9:30 p.m. to vacate the premises.

    North Oshawa campus location

    Building

    Hours for 'doors open'

    Entrance door

    Software and Informatics Research Centre Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main doors - southwest corner
    Science Building Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Foyer doors - northeast corner
    Business and Information Technology Building General access closed N/A
    Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main doors - northeast corner
    ACE/OPG Engineering Building Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main doors - southwest corner
    North Oshawa Campus Library General access closed N/A

    Downtown Oshawa campus location

    Building

    Hours for 'doors open'

    Entrance door

    Education Building (11 Simcoe Street North) General access closed N/A
    Bordessa Hall (55 Bond Street East) Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Front doors
    61 Charles Street Building Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Front doors
  • Accessing campus buildings

    Mandatory COVID-19 screening – complete the questionnaire before coming to campus

    Only those individuals considered on-campus essential services or attending previously approved in-person classes, labs and exams will be granted access to campus buildings.

    Don’t forget to complete the mandatory COVID-19 screening questionnaire on the same day, prior to arriving on campus. Only come to campus if you receive an email confirmation permitting you to do so. You must wear a non-medical mask or face covering when inside buildings on campus, and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Even if you have received a vaccination, please continue to wear a non-medical mask or face covering.

  • Study spaces

    All study spaces remain closed until further notice. Ontario Tech University will continue to limit access to buildings and facilities to those attending previously approved in-person classes, labs and exams, and on-campus essential services.

  • Residence

    Student residence is open. We are working with Durham Region Public Health to remain within all guidelines, ensuring the safety of our residents is our No. 1 priority. The residence cafeteria remains open and students are asked to follow strict protocols.

    For more information:

Services

  • Campus parking

    Due to the continuation of remote-work arrangements for most Ontario Tech employees, and the delivery of most of the university's academic programming through online channels, the university will not charge for parking during the Winter 2021 academic term (January 1 through April 30).

    Visit the Campus parking page to learn more.

  • Printers

    Note: Ontario Tech University continues to limit access to buildings and facilities.


    You can find printers in:

    • North Oshawa Campus Library: 
      • Room 136E (first-floor printer room between the computer study spaces)
      • Room 218 (second-floor printer room near the elevators)
      • Room 322 (third-floor printer room near the elevators)

    • Science Building: Room 1050 (first-floor east lounge/study area)

    • Business and Information Technology Building: Room 2065 (second-floor east lounge/study area)

    • Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre: ground floor, outside Room 1096 (classroom)

    • 61 Charles Street Building:
      • Second-floor study space close to the central stairwell
      • Main floor, in the Social Science, Humanities and Education Library. 
  • Office of the Registrar

    The Office of the Registrar is managing all requests online at this time. Note: We are experiencing much higher volumes than normal. Your patience is appreciated.

    If you require assistance, contact connect@ontariotechu.ca.

  • Academic advising

    Your academic advisors look forward to meeting you!

    Please note:

    • All academic advising meetings and office hours are being held virtually at this time. 
    • We are experiencing much higher volumes than normal. Your patience is appreciated.

    To learn more or book a meeting with an advisor from your faculty, visit the Academic Advising section of the university’s website.

  • Student Life services

    The Office of Student Life has many virtual services and resources available for students. Visit Student Life's online support website to learn more and find out how to contact them.

  • Campus Libraries

    All Campus Library locations are closed until further notice.

    Curbside pickup of course reserves and books from the circulating collection will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Oshawa Library. For more details, please review the curbside information on the Campus Library website.

  • Campus Safety
    • 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.
  • Athletic and recreation facilities

    The FLEX fitness centre and the indoor track in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre are now open. Note: These facilities are only available to Ontario Tech University and Durham College students, faculty and staff at this time.

    Visit the CRWC website to learn more about booking processes and protocols.

    The Campus Ice Centre remains open for vaccination appointments.

  • Campus Health Centre

    The Campus Health Centre is open for virtual and pre-scheduled appointments for domestic and international students, as well as faculty and staff. Only those approved for an in-person appointment will be allowed access to the clinic.

    Hours:

    • Monday to Friday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. for daily cleaning)

    To schedule an appointment, contact:

    Important note: Remember to complete the mandatory COVID-19 screening questionnaire on the day of your appointment, before coming to campus.

    Mental health supports

    • See the Mental health supports section.
  • Mental health supports

    Mental health supports have transitioned to online delivery modes.

    Students:

    • Faculty and staff can continue to refer students to our services and connect with us via email studentlifeline@ontariotechu.ca or by visiting the Student Mental Health Services website.

    • Student Mental Health Services (SMHS):
      • Use Stepped Care to access mental health and well-being supports. Stepped Care reduces wait times and provide a more customized approach to care by matching students with varying levels of support appropriate to their needs, including self-help options, single-session supports, peer support, workshops, groups, one-to-one therapy and specialized supports.
      • You can also make an appointment with a Student Wellness Co-ordinator by:
    • Good2Talk Helpline (24/7): 1.866.925.5454
    • Crisis Text Line (24/7) support via text by texting GOOD2TALKON to 686868.

    Faculty and staff:

    • Employee and Family Assistance Program: 1.844.880.9142 or 1.877.338.0275 (TTY service). 

    Note: Wait times may be longer than usual.

    Additional supports

    The Ontario government has made the following additional mental health supports available:

    • For Ontarians currently receiving mental health and addictions services and supports, please contact your current service provider to learn about potential virtual care options.
    • For Ontarians interested in public addictions services and mental health services for those over 18, they can contact ConnexOntario, Ontario's mental health, addictions and problem gambling help line at 1.866.531.2600.
    • Children and youth under 18 can locate mental health services through the Ontario.ca and Kids Help Phone websites, or contact Kids Help Phone (1.800.668.6868) for 24/7 support, if they need someone to talk to.
    • To access BounceBack and their guided self-help program using workbooks with phone coaching support, visit bouncebackontario.ca or ask your primary care provider for a referral.

    The federal government also launched Wellness Together Canada, an online portal that connects Canadians to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls. The portal will make it easier to find credible information and help address mental health and substance use issues. Access Wellness Together Canada on Canada.ca/coronavirus and the Canada COVID-19 app.

  • On-campus food services

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, food services in university buildings will remain closed until September. This includes:

    • Smoke’s Burritorie
    • The Hive Café
    • Tim Hortons (located in the Science Building)
    • UB Cafeteria
    Note: For students in residence, the residence cafeteria remains open and students are asked to follow strict protocols.

  • Campus stores - ShopSIRC, Shop61 and Shop Ontario Tech

    Shop61 (61 Charles Street Building, downtown Oshawa location) and ShopSIRC (Software and Informatics Research Centre, north Oshawa location) will remain closed until September.

    Shop Ontario Tech's physical location (Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre, north Oshawa location) remains closed to visitors for the time being. But you can still purchase course materials, supplies and branded merchandise through the Shop Ontario Tech website. Customers can arrange a curbside pickup Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  or request delivery by post.

    Shop by Banner ID

    It’s now easier than ever for students to find their book list online. All they need to do is visit ontariotechstore.ca, enter their Banner ID in the Shop by Banner ID box on the store’s home page, and their personal course materials list will appear.

  • IT Services

    The temporary Information Technology (IT) Service Desk on the first floor of the North Oshawa Campus Library is closed.

    Ontario Tech University faculty, staff and students may visit the IT Service Desk in the Library, or the one located in the Learning Commons (Gordon Willey Building, South Wing) for in-person services such as laptop drop-off or pickup. 

    Walk-in hours for Learning Commons location:

    • Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Weekends: Closed

    If you’re picking up a laptop, please ensure you’ve received confirmation from the Service Desk team that your device is available.

    Important notes: 

    • We ask that individuals access on-campus services only when absolutely necessary.
    • If you need to access in-person services, on the day you plan to campus, remember to complete the mandatory COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to your arrival.
    • The IT Service desk at the 61 Charles Street Building remains closed.

    The Service Desk also remains available to help you resolve IT issues remotely. Contact them at 905.721.2000 ext. 3333 or servicedesk@dc-ot.ca.

    Remote hours:

    • Monday to Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Print Shop

    The Print Shop is open, but limited to one person at a time. Access the Print Shop through the I-Wing entry doors (Galleria) of the Gordon Willey Building.

    • Hours: Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Campus Childcare Centre

    The Campus Childcare Centre (CCC) is open. 

    The CCC has implemented all pandemic-related health and safety precautions, regulations and procedures, so you can have peace of mind that your children will be safe and well cared-for.

    For more information, contact Carrieann Knapp, Supervisor, CCC.

  • Ontario Tech Student Union offices

    The OTSU offices are closed until further notice; for more information, visit facebook.com/theotsu.