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COVID-19 updates

Our priority: offer a memorable experience in a safe and healthy environment.

Mandatory vaccination: all students living in residence must be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination on the Housing Portal or have an approved accommodation.

Rapid testing: students who are not fully immunized or who have an approved accommodation are required to get tested weekly.

Wear a mask or face covering: In all indoor common spaces in residence, such as hallways, lobbies, stairways, kitchens, and elevators. 

Practice physical distancing: Limit close contact to your household (your roommates) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else. 

Exercise proper hand hygiene: Wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitizer. 

Guest policy: No guests are allowed until September 20. As of September 20, you may have a maximum of 2 guests from any residence. Outside guests are not allowed in residence.

Common rooms: All common rooms are locked, but you can open them using your key card. You must wear your face mask, you cannot drink or eat and you must stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.

You must therefore have received your first dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine before your move-in date and provide proof of vaccination before moving in. Please read carefully the addendum to the residence agreement.

Log in to the Housing Portal to submit your proof of vaccination.

To get vaccinated, make an appointment online (if you live in Ontario) or check the information from public health authorities in your province or territory of residence.

Once you’ve received your first dose, whether before or after you move in to residence, you must receive your second dose within the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health and before October 1.

If you have not already received all required doses of a vaccine not approved by Health Canada, but approved by the World Health Organization, you must receive at least one dose of an approved vaccine within two weeks of moving in and provide proof of vaccination.

If you’ve already received all required doses of a World Health Organization approved vaccine, you do not need to receive another vaccine. Please provide a proof of vaccination.

If you can’t receive a vaccine for health-related reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code, submit a request for accommodation through the  Housing Portal.

As indicated in the addendum to the residence agreement, if you don’t get vaccinated or submit acceptable proof of vaccination by the required deadline, your residence agreement will be terminated (unless you’ve received an exemption).

Starting September 13, if you are not fully immunized (14 days after your second dose), or if you have received an accommodation, you are required to undergo a rapid COVID test every week.

You MUST do the rapid test weekly until you are fully immunized (14 days after your second dose of the vaccine).

If your request for an accommodation has been approved, you must continue to be tested weekly for as long as you live in residence to fulfill the conditions of your accommodation.

More information about the rapid testing will be communicated shortly.

If you test positive, call the COVID-19 residence hotline at 613-668-9604. You will be REQUIRED to undergo a full COVID-19 PCR test and follow self-isolation protocols.

If you do not submit your proof of vaccination by October 1, your residence agreement will be terminated and you will be forced to move out of residence.

You must also fill out the uOttawa daily assessment questionnaire.

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Cleaning
More frequent deep cleaning of common areas and installation of hand sanitizers in several places in the residences.
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Distancing
Arrows on floors and walls to direct traffic, maximum capacity posted in rooms, and protective shields installed in reception areas.
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Mask or face-covering
Wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory in all common areas in residence.
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Policies and training
Implementation of guest policies that comply with public health directives, self-isolation protocol, designated help line for reporting COVID-19 symptoms in residence, and mandatory training for all staff members and residents.
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Activities
Our team has worked very hard to make the experience, despite everything, enriching and enjoyable for everyone. We adopted a hybrid approach: we offer in-person activities that comply with physical distancing rules as well as virtual activities to promote social interaction.
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Support
Community advisors, peer supports, residence life coordinators, receptionists and mental health and wellness counsellor are always available, both in person and online.