A Message from the Presidents and Principals of Ontario’s Universities

May 27, 2021 – We know 2020 was a difficult year for our students, faculty, staff and their families, as they faced the many challenges brought about by COVID-19. Now, after more than a year into the pandemic and increasing rates of vaccinations, Ontario’s universities are preparing for a safe return to campus in fall 2021.

With a firm commitment to the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, our universities are planning to have in person classes this fall. While each university will develop its own unique approach to the fall term, we have great optimism and hope for a fall where we may safely increase in-person teaching, learning, research and student experience on university campuses, in accordance with local public health guidelines.

With growing optimism as the rate of vaccinations increase, our universities will remain vigilant, nimble and responsive to changing circumstances. Ontario’s universities are working closely with public health officials and the provincial government to implement provincial and local public health requirements and taking the steps necessary to provide programs and services in safe and healthy environments.

The health, safety and well-being of our university communities are our top priority and we remain united by the common goal of delivering university programs and experiences that will support student success and ensure the continued delivery of mental health, career counseling and other critical student services.

We continue to be inspired and moved by the incredible resilience, resolve and ingenuity our students, faculty and staff have and shown over the past year. We’ve seen university students serve those less fortunate in their communities, work with researchers to help develop new treatment and testing methods and support local businesses, while medical and nursing students supported patient care.

Our universities are also working with government to accelerate and support vaccine rollout on campuses throughout the province. In the months to come these contributions will remain vital to helping Ontario both now and in the future.

While many of the details are currently being finalized, we look forward to welcoming our remarkable university communities back to our campuses this fall and remain focused on the mission at the very heart of Ontario’s universities: to help create a better future for our students, communities and the province.

— The Presidents and Principals of Ontario’s Universities

For updates and information about the fall 2021 term at each Ontario university visit:


Supporting the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out

Ontario’s universities are committed to supporting the provincial vaccine roll-out in the fight against COVID-19. Many of our institutions are working closely with government and public health units to accelerate vaccination efforts across the province, whether through campus-based pop-up clinics or training students to immunize Ontarians.

As universities prepare for the fall, they continue to put the health and safety of their communities first. In a joint statement with the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, we encouraged, and continue to encourage, all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus in September.

Below you will find more information about how Ontario’s universities are advancing COVID-19 vaccination efforts and links to each institution’s vaccination page for additional resources and updates.

How We're Supporting the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out
Accelerating Vaccination Efforts
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Assisting in Kingston’s Vaccine Roll-Out
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Knocking out COVID-19 on campus
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Developing a new method of vaccine delivery


Partnering in the Fight Against COVID-19

Ontario’s universities continue to play a significant role in the fight against COVID-19. Our institutions are providing assistance and working together with our provincial government and local communities to address the needs of the province and protect the health and well-being of Ontarians. 

As universities are interwoven into the fabric of their communities, students continue to volunteer to support those around them, while researchers are partnering to help discover new treatments, develop new rapid testing methods and support vaccine research.  

Below you will find more information about how universities are supporting the province against the pandemic, links to each Ontario university’s COVID-19 page and additional resources.

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