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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

Infectious Disease / Pandemic Response Program

The following information will assist university members in preparing for an infectious disease / pandemic situation.  If you have any further questions please email: 


COVID-19 information

The Ontario Tech COVID-19 Safety Plan summarizes the actions taken by the University to mitigate and control the risk of COVID-19 spread within our campus community. 

Download the Ontario Tech COVID-19 Safety Plan
Visit our Frequently asked questions section to learn more about:
  • Vaccines
  • Masks
  • Ventilation upgrades and building readiness
  • How to report an illness

Infectious Disease Training 

Specific training will be available as the University responds to emerging infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics.

COVID-19 Training:


Infectious Disease Case Management Reporting


Lockdown Directives

If Durham Region is in a lockdown or a province-wide shutdown in where we must vacate our laboratory areas, please refer to the information found on the Return to Remote Activities Preparedness webpage. 


Guidance Documents 

  • Health and Safety Updated Guidelines This document communicates the actions that should be taken by individuals on-campus to ensure the safety of our workplace and community. 

Specific Areas

Research Labs / Teaching Labs
  • Risk Matrix for Research Projects. The Risk Matrix for Research Projects is intended to assist Faculty Researchers with the creation of their safety plans.  A safety plan outlining a research project’s protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is required for all cases where 2-metres distancing is not possible or when other high-level risk factors exist (e.g. density issues; physical contact required).  If the activity occurring for the research project is not listed, please reach out to your FORC for assistance.  The Risk Matrix was created by the Return to On-campus Research Taskforce. 

  • Laboratory Space Planning and Distancing Guideline.  To limit the exposure and spread of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus, it is extremely important to practice physical distancing. Staff and Faculty in charge of lab spaces are encouraged to clarify the new norms and behavioral expectations by following these guidelines.