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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.

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Virtual Open House a huge success; Ontario Tech considering a second online event this spring

More than 1,300 checked out virtual tours and live chats during the university’s innovative online event March 28

Ontario Tech University's Virtual Open House took place March 28, but various tours and program information can still be found at
Ontario Tech University's Virtual Open House took place March 28, but various tours and program information can still be found at

At a time when physical distancing protocols are requiring people to stay indoors, Ontario Tech University is driving high-tech ways to digitally take its campus… off campus.

Twice a year, soon-to-graduate high school students get to visit Ontario Tech’s Open House, a showcase of its innovative programs, tours of ultramodern facilities, interaction with professors, access to supportive student services and more.

The COVID-19 pandemic required the university to cancel the traditional in-person Open House, but Ontario Tech quickly pivoted, shifting all plans for Open House into a virtual mode, to provide those same on-campus experiences online.

Working with a compressed time frame to still hold the event on March 28, and given the university as a whole was transitioning the remainder of the winter semester to online learning, the Virtual Open House results were spectacular.

From the convenience of their own homes, hundreds of prospective students and their families ‘visited’ campus to get a first-hand look at life at the university. In fact, more than 1,300 participants logged on to be part of the first virtual event.

Demonstrating its reputational strength in innovation and technology, Ontario Tech created an interactive 360-degree virtual reality-enabled campus tour where viewers could walk around campus to check out labs, lecture halls, hallways, greenspaces and more.

Teams from the Office of the Registrar and the Communications and Marketing department produced dozens of videos to introduce all faculties and programs. Students could also ask questions about programs, financial aid, varsity sports and more in online meeting rooms where Ontario Tech representatives and experts provided their answers  in real-time.

After overwhelmingly positive feedback, Ontario Tech is considering a second version of the Virtual Open House later this spring. Meantime, if you didn’t get a chance to join us live on March 28, you can still access the suite of campus tours and videos on Ontario Tech’s Open House website.


“There are so many students in Ontario right now who are looking to select their university and we wanted to make sure they see the very best of Ontario Tech University in this challenging time. We are proud of our faculty and staff for rallying together to bring the spirit of the university virtually to our prospective students.”
-Dr. Joe Stokes, Registrar, Ontario Tech University