Mandatory meal plan exemption and dietary restriction meal program
Food Services is committed to providing a wide variety of food options for students with mandatory meal plans. If you have special dietary requirements based on your health or your religion—for example you have celiac disease or food allergies or you follow a Kosher diet, you may be entitled to an exemption from a mandatory meal plan or be able to access our dietary restriction meal program. The dining hall provides a variety of choices for Halal, vegetarian and vegan diets as well as for mild food intolerances, so exemptions are not provided in these cases.
Food allergies and celiac disease
If you have celiac disease or any of the food allergies listed below and you have a mandatory meal plan, you can apply for access to the dietary restriction meal program. This program offers carefully prepared allergen-safe meals that can be pre-ordered using a free app. Meals are hot and ready in the Dining Hall when you are!
Food allergies accommodated through the dietary restriction meal program:
- Peanut or tree nut allergy
- Gluten or wheat allergy
- Milk allergy
- Egg allergy
NOTE: We recommend, however, that students with these dietary restrictions consider selecting a residence in which a meal plan is optional, as access to this program is not guaranteed.
Meal plan exemptions
If you have allergies other than those listed above, multiple food allergies or religious dietary requirements, such as a Kosher diet, that cannot be met in the Dining Hall, you can apply for an exemption from the mandatory meal plan.
Because requests for an exemption may be denied, Food Services strongly recommends that you email our dietitian and food liaison officer before making a choice of residence or accepting a room in residence. Act early! Changes of residence are based on availability at the time of request. The final deadline for room cancellation is August 15, 2016.
Applying for a meal plan exemption or for the dietary restriction meal program
To request an exemption or apply for the dietary restriction meal program, you must:
- Email our dietitian and food liaison officer to obtain the application form.
- Return the necessary documentation from your medical doctor, nurse practitioner or religious leader to our dietitian and food liaison officer on or before September 30, 2016.
You may be required to meet with the dietitian and food liaison officer in person or by telephone. If you provide insufficient supporting documentation, the University may require you to be assessed by a health care professional at the University of Ottawa Health Services, which may include referral to a food allergy specialist for testing and could delay the application process.
Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, and there are no guarantees your application will be approved. Requests are processed within 10 business days. If you’re application is approved and you’re entitled to a refund for the cost of your meal plan, it will be prorated based on the date access to the 24/7 Dining Hall was terminated.
Other dietary concerns? Meet our dietitian
If you have any dietary requirements or have general concerns or questions about the mandatory meal plan meeting your needs, please email our dietitian and food liaison officer for personalized advice.
Use of your personal information
Allergy Meal Program
Welcome to the Allergy Meal Program!
In order to make your university experience the best it can be, uOttawa has created a unique and high-quality Allergy Meal Program. To prevent cross-contamination, your meals will be prepared in a separate and locked room in the central kitchen with recipes and ingredients that have been carefully screened by our registered dietitians. All our staff members have been trained to prevent cross-contamination at every step and receive continuous monitoring and feedback.
What you need to know:
How it works:
- Download the Tapingo app on your mobile phone or laptop at tapingo.com.
- Sign up and choose University of Ottawa campus.
- Don’t worry; you don’t need to enter any payment information.
- Order tomorrow’s meals by midnight tonight, and up to 3 days in advance.
- Pick up your meals at the allergen station in the dining hall.
- Need to cancel an order? Simply contact Tapingo for any meal cancellation.
Meet Chef Nicholas
Take a minute and meet the Dining Hall’s executive chef, Nicholas Namespetra. He is happy to discuss any questions, concerns or feedback you have on the Dining Hall or the Allergy Meal Program. If the Program is not meeting your needs in any way, Chef Nicholas may be able to help.
Nutritional and ingredient information
You can find nutritional information on your mobile phone or laptop at Nutrislice.com, or you can use one of the two iPad kiosks located in the Dining Hall.
Ingredient information is available by asking the chef at the allergen station.
Forgot your order?
Everyone forgets from time to time, but if you forget to pick up your meal three times, you will need to speak to Chef Nicholas in person to discuss how to make the program fit your needs.
Want more variety?
Everyone is a chef at My Pantry! We have special equipment, such as gluten-free toasters, dedicated allergen-safe frying pans and spatulas, and specialty foods such as gluten-free bread and single serve butter packs that you can use to create your own meals and snacks. These items are locked away to keep them safe, so ask the staff on duty for the key, show them your student card, and get creative in the kitchen!
Get the best value out of your meal plan. Upgrade from the 5-day to the 7-day meal plan for $600 and get unlimited access to the Dining Hall 7 days a week, 24 hours a day plus $100 in Dining Dollars to use anywhere on campus. Only $19.00 a day for all you care to eat, as often as you like: it’s an unbeatable value!
If you require any further information, please contact our dietitian and food liaison officer.
Maryann Moffitt, RD
University of Ottawa
85 University (Room 330)
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5
Telephone: 613-562-5800 ext. 4404