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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.

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Biosafety Committee

The Biosafety Committee establishes and maintains a system to ensure all activities within the university involving biological agents are conducted in a safe manner and in conformity with generally accepted standards. The Committee:

  • Assesses the risks of the work.
  • Identifies any additional precautions including appropriate waste disposal.
  • Reviews all applications for a Biosafety certificate.
  • Sets the appropriate level of containment.

For more information on the Ontario Tech’s Biosafety Program, please visit the Health and Safety webpage or contact the Biosafety and Radiation Safety Officer.


The university must adhere to the Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity requirements, mostly under the Human Pathogens and Toxins Regulations (HPTR) and the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act, and establish specific policies and procedures to maintain safe working conditions.  Other relevant regulatory requirements include, but are not limited to: