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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

Biosafety Emergency Preparedness Plan Assistance

 (Last Updated: December 22, 2020)

  • Please contact to enrol in the online training for emergency response.
  • Please refer to the biosafety manual for more information on emergency preparedness plans.
  • Containment Level 1 and 2 laboratories should take into consideration the following:
  • Announced University Essential Research and Lab Activities On-campus Only:
  • Once a period of essential research and lab activities on-campus only is announced, only research projects approved by the VPRI's Office may continue.  Please continue to check for updates on the VPRI website.  Otherwise, all on-going experiments must cease so that the radiological hazards will not present a danger.  Follow the procedures found on the Extended Closure of Research Laboratory webpage and complete the Laboratory Ramp Down Checklist.  Note: biological agents are not authorized to be transferred off-campus without prior approval from the Biosafety Committee.
  • Storage: Biological agents must be kept in labelled locked storage equipment within commissioned areas listed on your Biosafety Permit. 
  • Equipment:  Non-essential servicing of equipment will not be possible during a shut-down.  Permit Holders should arrange contingency plans for any equipment that requires ongoing maintenance. 
  • Inventory: Inventory of biological agents must be accounted for and re-inventoried once a university-wide shut down has ended.
  • Shipping/Receiving: All shipments of biologicals and radioactive sources may continue as normal.  Please keep in mind, however, that any shipments may be delayed due to COVID-19.  Also be aware that any international technicians required to travel into Canada in order to setup new equipment are subjected to a federally mandated 14-day quarantine, unless exempted.  In addition, all visitors on campus require the approval of the University Operations Taskforce (  If Durham Region enters Lockdown (maximum measures) - grey, no visitors will be allowed on campus, including third party contractor.  No biological agents are permitted off-campus unless approved by the appropriate Safety Committee.  Please contact the Biosafety and Radiation Safety Officer if there are any issues (i.e. time-sensitive samples).
  • Eyewash and Shower Testing: Weekly emergency safety eyewash testing and emergency safety shower testing can be suspended if authorized users are not present in the lab. The extended closure should be noted on the inspection checklist sheet.
  • Biosafety Emergency: In the event of a biosafety emergency during a university-wide shut down, the Biosafety Officer (BSO) will still be available by email or cell phone: 416.818.6440.  Ensure all of the posted emergency contact information in your lab is is up-to-date.
  • Biosafety Information: For more information, please see the biosafety manual or reach out to the BSO, Francis, at ext. 6316 or


COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Plan Assistance