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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

International family resources

Families are an important source of support for students, and your journey to Ontario Tech University may include your family. On this page, you will find community resources, information about schools for children, and information for partners working in Canada.

The Ontario government hosts a website for newcomers to the province with information about everything from community resources to health, employment and legal information. Visit (English website), (French website) or (for Francophones in Toronto).

Ontario Tech University is located in Oshawa, Ontario, which is one of eight unique municipalities that exist within the Durham Region. Durham Region offers many resources for newcomers and their families, including:

English as a second language (ESL)

English as a second language (ESL)

There are many ESL programs available in the community.

English as a second language (ESL) community resources

There are many English as a Second Language (ESL) programs available in the community. Some of these programs have a cost associated with them. Other programs are free or are available at a reduced cost if you have permanent residency status in Canada. If you are applying for permanent residency, you may pay a higher fee for these programs.

For more information:

Childcare and education

Childcare and education

Finding a school or daycare for your children to attend.

Children attending school in Canada

In Canada, education is a provincial responsibility. The Ontario Ministry of Education website provides an in-depth description of elementary and secondary education, including:

  • A school board directory.
  • An elementary and secondary school finder.
  • Curriculum and expectations for each grade level and subject.

You can also find more information about public education in Ontario on


Ontario Tech has a Campus Childcare Centre to serve the family needs of students attending our university. There are also licensed child care for infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-aged children offered in centres and homes across the Durham Region. To find other daycares available near Ontario Tech, visit the Durham Region website or the Ontario Ministry of Education website.

Partners working in Canada

Partners working in Canada

Your partner may be eligible to get an open work permit while you are here on a study permit.

Partners working in Canada

Your spouse or common-law partner may be eligible to get an open work permit while you are here on a study permit. Visit Working in Canada to find more information.