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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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Where is Ontario Tech University?

Canada is consistently ranked by the United Nations as one of the top places in the world to live. With a population of more than 35 million, Canada is home to many different cultures and ethnic groups.

Ontario Tech is located in the city of Oshawa, Ontario, in the Durham Region. Oshawa is the 14th-largest metropolitan area in Canada; the city has a small-community feel with all the conveniences and services of a larger city.

Durham Region is one of Canada’s fastest growing economic areas, allowing us to build strong relationships with industry and community partner organizations in the area. Our students apply their knowledge and skills in many experiential learning opportunities and they also find permanent employment with many of these partners. Local industries include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced manufacturing  Durham Region has a long tradition of being a strong manufacturing centre. Recently, Durham Region initiated a project to help the region’s manufacturers become even more innovative by improving connections between people, information and expertise.
  • Digital technology  There are approximately 120 software companies within Durham Region, and more than 100 startups have developed since 2012.
  • Education – With a rapidly growing population, Durham Region is home to many new schools and educational institutions. Ontario Tech is proud to be part of this growth with our exceptional research, leading-edge thinking and technology-enriched academic programs.
  • Health care – Recognized as a centre of excellence for health care, Oshawa has developed into a regional hub for health and wellness education, training and service. The community is home to the recently established Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network (LHEARN) Centre.
  • Smart energy – Durham Region hosts numerous companies that produce and distribute power and develop new and renewable energy technologies, alternative fuels, manufacturing components and systems. The region is known as Ontario’s Energy Capital, producing 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity.

The university is also located less than an hour’s drive away from Toronto, Canada’s largest city. Toronto is one of the world’s most diverse cities with 49 per cent of its population born outside of Canada. This diversity is reflected in the many ethnic neighbourhoods and annual festivals celebrating different cultures. Toronto features world-class shops, sporting venues and restaurants, and is home to events such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Canadian International AutoShow and Nuit Blanche, an all-night contemporary art event.