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Covid-19

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.

Considering the continued improvement of the COVID-19 situation in Ontario and in Ottawa-Gatineau, the University of Ottawa will suspend masking requirements on campus effective June 1. Note that masking will still be mandatory at convocation ceremonies taking place at the Shaw Centre from June 6 to June 10 inclusively. Exceptions to this change will be communicated to you directly by your faculty.

As it is difficult to predict the evolution of the pandemic and the emergence of new variants, this decision could be reversed at any point in the future depending on public health directives or the recommendations of experts.  

We strongly urge all members of our community to take every vaccine dose they are eligible for as advised by public health authorities.  Although masks will no longer be mandatory, we encourage everyone to do what they feel is safest for them. Please respect everyone’s individual choice. You can assess risk by visiting Ottawa Public Health’s website.

uOttawa employees, professors, and student groups can host events on campus.

The requirement to be fully vaccinated has been suspended. We continue to strongly encourage you to get fully vaccinated and to get booster doses as soon as you become eligible, in order to protect yourself and the people around you. Based on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and in alignment with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), the province has begun offering third doses (booster doses) of the COVID-19 vaccine to the following populations if at least three months (84 days) have passed since their last dose:

  • Individuals aged 18 and over (born in 1971 or earlier);
  • Health care workers; (PDF, 393 KB)
  • Designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers);
  • Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine); and
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults (16+) and their non-Indigenous household members.

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

They must also meet the Government of Canada vaccination requirements for travel to and within Canada.

Please note: The Government of Canada definition of full vaccination may not be the same as the Government of Ontario definition.

Remember that incoming travel and quarantine restrictions can change at any time. Fully vaccinated travellers need a back-up quarantine plan but should be exempt from quarantine on arrival in Canada.

We will continue to provide travel support letters and quarantine support for students.

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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