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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

Mental Health Week: May 6-12, 2024

Mental Health Week has become a Canadian tradition, with communities, schools and workplaces shining a spotlight on the importance of mental health.  

A message on Mental Health from the President

Every Day in May Health Challenge Returns for 2024 - Register Today!
The Every Day in May Health Challenge combines various healthy habits, such as physical activity, nutrition, water consumption, and self-care practices, into a fun, friendly competition between colleagues.  Sign-up today for your chance to win prizes, while reaping the benefits of healthy habits and connecting with your team!
  • How to Sign-Up:
    1. Form a Team:
    • Ontario Tech employees will form teams of 4 to 7 people
    • Come up with a Team Name
    • Assign a Team Captain
      2. Register/Sign-up your Team
  • How does the challenge work?:

       1.   Participate in the Health Challenge

    Using the Every Day in May Point Tracker (please click 'enable editing' after downloading), each team member will collect points for their team between May 1-31, by completing the following activities:

    • Being physically active
    • Consuming fruits/vegetables
    • Drinking water
    • Practicing self-care activities*
    • Weekly Bonus activities*
      *A full list of self-care and bonus activities can be found on tabs within the Every Day in May Point Tracker.

       2.   Submit your points weekly

    Each team member is responsible for providing their weekly point total to their Team Captain.

    Team Captains will use the Captain's Tally Sheet (please click 'enable editing' after downloading) to record their team member’s weekly point totals and then submit their team’s weekly total using the Captain’s Weekly Submission Link.

    Submission dates are as follows:

    • Week 1 (May 1-5), Submit by May 8
    • Week 2 (May 6-12), Submit by May 15
    • Week 3 (May 13-19), Submit by May 22
    • Week 4 (May 20-26), Submit by May 29
    • Week 5 (May 27-31), Submit by June 5
    Enhancements for the 2024 Challenge

    From your feedback, the 2024 challenge is more accessible to all fitness levels and gives you more ways to collect bonus points!  Here’s what’s changed:

    1. Categorizing your physical activity as ‘low, moderate, or vigorous’ intensity has been removed, so 1 minute of any physical activity gets you 1 point.
    2. We heard you say that with May’s nicer weather you take advantage of longer times of outdoor activity, and the 60-minute cap on physical activity didn’t recognize longer gardening, cycling, or walking sessions, so the physical activity cap has been set at 90-minutes.
    3. You asked for more ways to collect bonus points, so each week will have a drop-down of multiple options to choose from.
    Are there prizes?

    Yes! Beyond the fun of friendly competition and health benefits of participating in healthy habits, the prizes are as follows:

    • Top 3 Teams with the most points (points will be averaged by the number of team members)
      • Team 1: FitBit Versa 4
      • Team 2: FitBit Inspire 3
      • Team 3: FitBit Charge 6
    • Weekly Participation Prizes
      • $50 Amazon gift card give-aways for submitting weekly point totals!
  • Frequently Asked Questions:

    1. I can’t find my physical or self-care activity in the drop-down lists, what should I do?

    • Please select the ‘other’ option at the end of the drop-down lists.

     2. I completed two physical activity sessions in one day, how can I log this?

    • You’re welcome to combine the two physical activity sessions, here’s an example.
    • Walk for 45 min: 1 x 45 = 45 points
    • Cycling for 45 min: 1 x 45 = 45 points
    • Log as either walking or cycling for 90 min to a total of 90 points

    Note: The maximum exercise time is 90 minutes, which includes situations when you're combining two physcial activity sessions.  Here's an example.

    • Walk for 50 min: 1 x 50 = 50 points  
    • Aerobics for 50 min: 1 x 40* = 40 points
      *Can only log 40 minutes since the maximum physical activity time is 90 minutes
    • Log as walk or aerobics for 90 min = 90 points

     3. If I eat 5 fruits or 5 vegetables, do I still get the points?

    • Yes, any combination of 5 fruits and/or vegetables works.

     4. Does tea count toward my water intake?

    • No. Please only count water.

     5. How long must the self-care activity be to get points?

    • There is no set time.  Simply complete the activity.

     6. I still have questions, who can I contact?

May Health Week Activities

  • Employee Awards Celebration - May 7, 2024

    We are now more than halfway through our year-long 20th anniversary celebration marking two decades of milestones and accomplishments since the doors of Ontario Tech University first opened to students. Our reasons for coming together to celebrate are constantly growing.

    Keynote Speaker

    This year’s event will feature Keynote Speaker Amber Mac: an award-winning podcaster, bestselling author, and media host on the topic of AI and emerging technology. She will guide attendees through her four-part blueprint for not just surviving our fast future but thriving in it. 

    Service Milestones

    Join us to celebrate employee service milestones of 10-years of service, and the newly introduced, 20-years of service milestone!

    Awards of Excellence

    We are celebrating all Awards of Excellence nominees and will be announcing this year’s award recipients. Thank you to all of the nominators and supporters who have recognized their colleagues.


    Tuesday, May 7, 2024
    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Science Building, Room 1350
    Reception to follow outside in Polonsky Commons

    Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 23.  Registering to attend enters you in the draw for a variety of door prizes. Winners must be in attendance to claim the prize.

  • Mental Health Tables - May 8, 2024

    Visit our Mental Health Tables to receive resources and free give-aways for joining or having already joined the TELUS Health One Platform!  

    Charles Hall:
    Date: Wednesday, May 8
    Time: 9:00a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Location: CHA-Entrance Lobby

    North Campus:
    Date: Wednesday, May 8
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Location: TBC

  • Staying Connected in Today's Digital World - May 9, 2024

    With the advances in technology we have today, connecting with others is right at our fingertips. However, loneliness is at an all-time high. During this training we will take a look at how technology has changed our day to day social interactions and how these changes have affected the way we connect and interact with others. We will explore ways to use technology wisely yet still maintain that personal touch in our relationships.

    Date: May 9, 2024
    Time: 12:00-1:00pm
    Location: Virtual, Zoom
    Target Audience: All faculty and staff


Mental Health Resources

  • Mindful Meeting Starters & Self-Care Practices

    All Ontario Tech University Faculty and Staff will have 1-year (May 2023-2024) of complimentary access to the Mindful Society Global Institute's Mindful Meeting Starters and Mindful Self-Care Practices.

    • Mindful Meeting Starters
      • Reference Guide
      • 8 Guided practices you can use to start meetings.

    • Mindful Self-Care Practices
      • 2 Reference Guides
      • 8 Guided practices validated to support mental and emotional well-being.

    Enroll now to receive complimentary access to this digital resource bundle!

  • Education/Training Opportunities:

    Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - July 9 & 10

    ASIST is a two-day in-person workshop featuring powerful audio-visuals, discussions, and simulations. You'll learn how to recognize when someone might be thinking about suicide, and how to provide a skilled intervention and develop a safety plan with the person to connect them to further support. This workshop will increase your willingness, confidence, and capacity to provide suicide first aid.

    Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - October 9, 2024

    The only international mental health training program that is being delivered in 25+ countries around the world.  Participants will learn how to support someone who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis.  A certificate from the Mental Health Commission of Canada is provided upon completion.  Register by September 20th.

    safeTALK - November 19, 2024

    Develop suicide alertness through in-depth skills to recognize signs of suicide, engage someone, and ensure a connection to safety. This session is facilitated by the Canadian Mental Health Association and participants will receive a certificate upon completion.

    The Working Mind: 

    Gain knowledge to identify shifts in mental well-being in yourself and others while learning coping skills to manage stress. Increasing our awareness about mental health will help reduce stigma associated with mental illness. Participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)


    Mindsight is an online educational resource to reduce stigma by promoting awareness of mental illness, and facilitating a greater understanding of basic strategies and resources for supporting individuals experience a mental health challenge.

    REACH Guidelines for Employees supporting Colleagues:

    As an Ontario Tech University employee, you’re in a key position to notice warning signs that may indicate that a colleague needs assistance. You do not need to be a counsellor/therapist to recognize the warning signs or to connect someone to support resources.  All employees can use these guidelines to support their colleagues.

    TELUS Health One platform: 
    All full time and limited term employees are invited to join TELUS Health One, an add-on to our existing EAP program. TELUS Health One provides an easy-to-use online platform and app with tools to promote and support health and happiness!  The platform also has a Perks section.  Check your Outlook inbox for your invite to join.  If you cannot find your email invite, please email to have the invitation resent.

    *Please update your website bookmarks to reflect the new TELUS Health One URL:, in place of LifeWorks' Essentials.


  • Additional Resources:

Have questions or need more information about Mental Health Week?

Please email