COVID SMART IS COVID SAFE

Given the public health safety measures required in response to COVID-19, the University of Ottawa has adapted its activities since the beginning of the pandemic and continues to do so.

Naturally, we are still prioritizing the basic principles that have guided us since the start of the pandemic, namely our commitment to the health and safety of the University community along with the continuity of our activities.

This is an exciting time of the year as we welcome new and returning students, faculty and staff back to campus for the start of a new academic year. As we plan our first full in-person term in over two years, the health and safety of all members of our community is our top priority.

We will continue to monitor government and public health directives as well as expert advice and we will remain vigilant to protect ourselves and the people around us. While our approach may change if needed, here is our plan for the Fall term.

Masking

In accordance with provincial and public health guidelines, we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially in high-density spaces like classrooms, labs, elevators and meeting areas. We ask that everyone respect individual decisions. We will continue to dispense masks at the entrance of many buildings on campus. There may be exceptions such as health-related programs and clinics where masking will continue to be mandatory. Those details will be communicated to you directly.

Vaccination

Experts agree that vaccination provides the best protection against illness, hospitalization, and death. Therefore, we strongly encourage all members of our community to receive every dose for which they are eligible.

If you are sick, stay home!

If you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home! Please refer to the Ontario Public Health Measures and Advice webpage for more information.

Access to rapid tests

A limited number of rapid tests will be available for students at the Student Health and Wellness Centre in the Minto Sports Complex (801 King Edward Avenue). They are also available at select pharmacies and grocery stores.

Other safety measures

The University has taken various steps to limit and monitor the spread of COVID-19. These include improving ventilation systems, more frequent cleaning, and regular testing of wastewater on campus.

COVID-19 Absence Self-declaration Form 

The University provides this self-declaration form for you to complete if you cannot write an exam, submit an assignment on time, or attend a mandatory lab because of COVID-19. With this self-declaration form, you do not need a medical certificate.

Updating our plans

Although the pandemic has proven unpredictable, we will remain agile in our response and will update our plans if necessary. That could include a return to mandatory masking and vaccination.

Let's continue to keep uOttawa safe.

Travelling

With the Government of Canada’s decision to lift the advisory against international travel for fully vaccinated travellers, students can travel to destinations listed by Global Affairs Canada as “exercise normal security precautions” or “exercise a high degree of caution.”

See the Global Affairs Canada destination advisories.

The evolving nature of COVID-19 means that travel and public health restrictions will continue to pose a challenge. Therefore, trips may be cancelled or delayed. It is important for travellers to identify and mitigate travel-related risks.

As travel resumes, students are required to register all international university trips through the uOttawa student travel registry. Faculty and staff should continue to register their trips. The International Office travel safety website provides access to access the registries and travel advice for uOttawa travellers. Please see the information below on the latest travel procedures.

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Incoming international travel

International visitors can visit the campus and participate in in-person activities.

  • Foreign nationals must be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine to be allowed to travel to Canada.

  • Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine.

  • International students under 18 years old who are not fully vaccinated may be permitted to travel to Canada but must quarantine. uOInternational provides guidance and support to students who need to quarantine.

The details of the quarantine rules, how they are applied and who is exempt may change without notice. Travellers should check the latest information directly from the Government of Canada.

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Public Health Information

On campus

For Ontario Residents

Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
or TTY: 1-866-797-0007

For Quebec Residents

Info-Santé: 1-877-644-4545
or TTY: 1-800-361-9596