Ontario Tech University Residence – COVID-19

Mandatory Vaccine in Residence

Durham College and Ontario Tech University are committed to keeping our campus community safe as we plan to bring more students on to campus in September. Requiring our Residents to be vaccinated will make the community safer and more accessible to all our students, particularly those who are at a higher risk for serious health outcomes following COVID-19 infection.

Students who have received any World Health Organization approved vaccine will be permitted to move into Residence. International students who have received vaccines outside of Canada who have questions about vaccines can contact the Ontario Tech University international department by emailing iss@ontariotechu.ca

Students are required to have received their first dose of vaccine and either have, or have an appointment for, their second dose prior to moving in to Residence.

If you are concerned that you may not be able to get your first dose prior to moving in, please contact the Residence Front Desk for assistance.

Exemptions will be allowed on medical or other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Should you have any questions about this process please contact the Residence Front Desk for assistance.

This applies to all students wanting to live in the South Village, Simcoe Village, or Whitby Village Residences on campus.

Yes, residents will be asked to verify their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. To assist you with completing and verifying this requirement, you will be provided access to Verified, a software platform by Synergy Gateway, our documentation collection partner.

Please monitor your email for next steps. Between August 3rd and August 6th, 2021, Verified will send you a secure username and password via the email address submitted with your residence application. You will use Verified to upload proof of vaccination to complete the COVID-19 vaccination verification process.

Please note that to be eligible to move into Residence, you must submit your proof of vaccination and complete the vaccination verification process by August 23, 2021

You can book your vaccination through the Province of Ontario’s booking site. Additionally, the Region of Durham has a number of mass vaccination clinics, including one at the university’s Campus Ice Centre. For more information, visit the region’s COVID-19 website.

The Residence anticipates being near capacity making it extremely important that we have a high vaccination rate within our community.

The Residence will continue to follow COVID-19 protocols in our facilities which include masking, physical distancing, self-screening, suspending, or limiting guest traffic in the buildings, as well as enhanced cleaning. The Residence will follow all guidelines set out by Public Health.

Yes, we have space available for the Academic Year 2021-2022, please visit our website for information on how to apply.

During all phases of COVID19 the Residence is fully operational and you can reach a residence employee 24/7.

Frequently Asked Questions – COVID19

Yes, the residence will be open. We are working with the institution and Durham Region Public Health to remain within all guidelines; ensuring the safety of our residents is our number one priority.

Yes, residence will have limited spaces available for the Winter semester. Applications for the Winter 2022 semester will be available at www.ontariotechuresidence.ca by late September.

In addition to our semi-private suites, we have created some single-occupancy room options. We have also created booking systems for shared amenities. The residence asks that students adhere to all posted signage, keep a safe physical distance from others where possible, and wear a mask in all areas outside of their suite.

In-suite housekeeping service is currently suspended and the residence will monitor provincial recovery plans and determine an appropriate time to reinstate this service. During this time, our staff will continue to focus more on common spaces and high touch areas (door handles, railings, elevator buttons etc.) which will have a higher frequency of cleaning and sanitizing.

The ability to host guests in Residence has currently been suspended. The easing of restrictions will take on a phased approach, including restrictions on number of guests per host, length of stay and total number of guests in the building.

In 2020, the Regional Municipality of Durham mandated non-medical masks or face coverings in public and enclosed indoor spaces to help manage the spread of COVID-19. The campus as a whole, including residences, have adopted this best practice to help keep our community – and each other – safe. All students and visitors must wear a mask in all common spaces of the residence, such as hallways, kitchens, laundry rooms, and lobbies.

Yes. Students will be asked screening questions prior to their arrival, and again when they arrive to move in. If a student should fail the screening questions upon arrival, the Residence will work with them to determine an isolation plan.

If you are an international student travelling to Canada, you must connect with the university by emailing iss@ontariotechu.ca. Processes and restrictions around international travel, especially related to vaccination, are changing rapidly. Please connect with an International Student Advisor to stay up to date, and to determine what may be required of you during and after your international travel.

1. Please remain in your room and call the Campus Health and Wellness Centre at 905.721.3037 (Please see hours here). If you need assistance after hours, please contact Durham Region Public Health Services at 905.668.2020.

2. Once you have notified health services, please notify the Residence Front Desk at 905.728.8700.

Students living in residence who have been told to isolate should stay in their rooms and notify the Residence Front Desk at 905.728.8700 to be connected with a manager. The residence staff will inform you of our process to support you.

Please encourage your roommate or neighbour to contact the Campus Health and Wellness Centre at 905.721.3037 or Durham Regional Public Health Services at 905.668.2020. Please notify the Residence Front Desk at 905.728.8700. Our staff will connect with your roommate or neighbour to ensure they are connected to the right resources and supported throughout this process.

The college and the residence have adapted residence policies and procedures to proactively protect residents and employees, while providing a safe and secure living and learning environment.

This includes:

Offering maximum flexibility on residence payment options and cancellation deadlines.

Minimizing physical interactions at the front desk.

Increased cleaning of high traffic touch points through housekeeping.

Reviewing access to lounges, laundry rooms and other non-essential spaces.

Included Wi-Fi available throughout the residence, offering bandwidth and speed required for remote learning.

After a summer of physical distancing and self-isolation, living in residence offers an incredible opportunity for you to connect with fellow Durham College students. Our Residence Life team is ready to adapt our community model as restrictions continue to be eased to support and encourage your academic and social success.


Traditional residence events such as move-in and orientation will be adjusted to accommodate physical distancing guidelines. We are developing new and innovative programs aimed at engaging students and building community, either in smaller groups or delivered through online platforms.

Our Residence Life team will also be collaborating with our residence outreach worker to promote and support the delivery of virtual counselling services.

 Please contact us directly at info@dc-otresidence.ca to discuss your individual situation.

Please contact the residence front desk at 905.728.8700 ext. 8000 or at info@dc-otresidence.ca

As information changes all residents will be provided updates via the email addresses they used to apply to residence.

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If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us:

Live Chat – the text box on this site

Email – info@dc-otresidence.ca

Phone – 905-728-8700 ext. 8000