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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

Health Promotion

Health Promotion services educate, promote and advocate for student health and wellness.

By working collaboratively with students, faculty and community agencies, we aim to provide programs, events and resources that empower students to adopt a healthy lifestyle, and achieve personal health goals.

Follow @otstudentlife and @dcotcampusrec on social media, or visit our events page to learn more about upcoming programs and events.

If you're running an event on campus related to health and wellness, let us know! Our Health Promotions Co-ordinator and Peer Wellness Educators want to collaborate and can assist with the event. 

What is wellness?

At Ontario Tech, we're committed to providing information and activities that are equitable and inclusive to our various diversities.

Learn more - What is wellness?

Wellness is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity; it's the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health. It's a dynamic and ongoing process that involves working towards an optimal state of health and wellbeing. 

As we think about health and wellness through an equity lens, we recognize that the activities, choices and lifestyles that are available to us as individuals are affected by our social identity, which is made up of the many diversities that make us who we are such as our age, racial identity, ability, sexuality, gender, religion, and more. We must strive to incorporate those diversities in our health and wellness journey so that we are fulfilled in all aspects of our identity, as we work towards achieving a state of holistic health.

We encourage you to structure your health and wellness journey in a way that best meets your individual needs and we will be here to support you along the way!

Social determinants of health and health Equity

Health Promotion at Ontario Tech strives to address the social determinants of health in order to improve health, and reduce long-standing health inequities.

Learn more - Social determinants of health and health Equity

The social determinants of health (SDH) are:

"The non-medical factors that influence health outcomes. They are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.”
- World Health Organization

The SDH have an important influence on health inequities—the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen between different population groups.

The following are examples of the SDH:

  • Disability
  • Early childhood development
  • Education
  • Employment and working conditions 
  • Food insecurity 
  • Gender 
  • Health services 
  • Housing
  • Income and income distribution
  • Indigenous status 
  • Personal health practices and coping skills
  • Physical environment
  • Race 
  • Social exclusion
  • Social safety network
  • Unemployment and job security
Meet the Peer Wellness Education team

Meet the Peer Wellness Education team

The seven dimensions of wellness

The seven dimensions of wellness

Events and workshops

Events and workshops

Recipe book

Recipe book

External resource library

External resource library