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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

Transition Programs

The Office of Student Life offers a number of programs to help support students through these changes, providing students with opportunities to learn more about what the institution has to offer, meet fellow students, staff and faculty, and become better prepared for university life. Encourage your student to register for any or all of our orientation programming. Some programs, such as MyStart  may sessions for parents and families that you are welcome to attend. Learn more about these programs below.


Learn more about MyStart


  • MyStart: Accessibility

    Students getting academic support The MyStart: Accessibility Parent Information Event is an opportunity to interact with fellow parents of students with disabilities, learn about the mandate of Student Accessibility Services and how we will support your student, get your questions answered and hear some success stories.

    • DateMonday August 23
    • Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Cost: Free for parents of students who have registered
    • Location: Google Meet

    Registration is now open. If you have any questions, please contact Student Accessibility Services at

    Parent Registration for MySTART: aCCESSIBILITY

  • International Student Orientation
    Students and parents at a booth at MyStartInternational Student Orientation is specifically designed for incoming international, exchange and visiting students, in both graduate and undergraduate programs at the university. International Student Orientation is recommended for all new international, exchange and visiting university students.
  • Parent and Family Orientation

    The Parent and Family Orientation is a live webinar to provide the family with an opportunity to learn about the student experience at Ontario Tech and the wide range of resources available to support students throughout their time at university. 

    What you can expect

    • Hear more about the Ontario Tech student experience from both staff and current students.
    • Learn more about the supports available to students.
    • Discuss the ways in which you can best support student success and mental health.
    • Have an opportunity to ask staff and upper-year students any questions you might have about Ontario Tech.

    Parent and Family Orientation is in late August.