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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

Get involved on campus

Getting involved in the campus community and connecting with other students can help with the transition to life at Ontario Tech, enrich your student experience and help you to become socially engaged. No matter where your interests lie, you are sure to find a club, program or activity to maximize your experience inside and outside the classroom. On this page, you will find information on how to get involved and build your leadership skills.

  • Cultural Links program

    Are you interested in sharing or learning about other cultures? Then join Cultural Links! 

    By joining Cultural Links it will give you the opportunity to:

    1. Connect with a diverse group of students to enrich the diversity that exists in Canada and at Ontario Tech.
    2. Cultivate a broader understanding of various cultures and experiences.
    3. Create an opportunity for you to share your own cultural heritage with other students.

    Join us as we: 

    1. Host monthly community discussion groups with your assigned groups for you to appreciate and share new knowledge and experiences.
    2. Engage in cultural events that’ll help broaden your perspective.

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  • World University Services of Canada

    World University Services of Canada (WUSC) at Ontario Tech is a student group that is dedicated to providing and improving education, employment, and empowerment opportunities for young refugees around the world. 

    Our aim is to: 

    • Advocate for social change through campaigns and events.
    • Raise awareness and educate the campus on global refugee issues.
    • Sponsor and support a WUSC student who newly immigrated to Canada through the Student Refugee Program.

    Student Refugee Program

    Within WUSC, there is a youth-to-youth sponsorship program called Student Refugee Program (SRP). It is the only one of its kind to combine resettlement with opportunities for higher education for young refugees.

    We sponsor a student every other year from a refugee background to have the opportunity to study at Ontario Tech. You currently support a WUSC student financially through your ancillary fees. We couldn’t have made this happen without your support!

    Learn about our WUSC alumni:

    For more information about our international programs and development work across the country and around the world, please visit the World University Services of Canada (WUSC) website.

    How do I join WUSC at Ontario Tech? 

    Applications are now closed. However, you can sign up to be a general member. 

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  • Leadership positions

    Get involved as an International Orientation Leader and make a difference in our campus community! To learn about the various student leader positions check out the Student Life website

    There are many other leadership opportunities that you can involve with through Student Life.

  • Ontario Tech Student Union (OTSU)

    We’re all about making your student experience better! The OTSU offers amazing services, a robust clubs & societies system, a comprehensive Health and Dental Plan, a lovely esports community and effective student advocacy.

    There is not OTSU without U! Join a club, sit on a committee or run for an executive position. Check out the OTSU website for more information. 

    Graduate Student Association

    Graduate students may contact the OTSU Graduate Student Council.