COVID Smart is COVID safe.

Given the public health safety measures required in response to COVID-19, the University of Ottawa has adapted its activities since the beginning of the pandemic and continues to do so.

Naturally, we are still prioritizing the basic principles that have guided us since the start of the pandemic, namely our commitment to the health and safety of the University community along with the continuity of our activities.

The health and safety of all members of our community is our top priority.

We will continue to monitor government and public health directives as well as expert advice and we will remain vigilant to protect ourselves and the people around us through overlapping safety measures.


In accordance with provincial and public health guidelines, we strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially in high-density spaces like classrooms, labs, elevators and meeting areas. We ask that everyone respect individual decisions. We will continue to dispense masks at the entrance of many buildings on campus. There may be exceptions such as health-related programs and clinics where masking will continue to be mandatory. Those details will be communicated to you directly.


Experts agree that vaccination provides the best protection against illness, hospitalization, and death. Therefore, we strongly encourage all members of our community to receive every dose for which they are eligible.

If you are sick, stay home!

If you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home! Please refer to the Ontario Public Health Measures and Advice webpage for more information.

Access to rapid tests

A limited number of rapid tests will be available for students at the Student Health and Wellness Centre in the Minto Sports Complex (801 King Edward Avenue). They are also available at select pharmacies and grocery stores.

Other safety measures

The University has taken various steps to limit and monitor the spread of COVID-19. These include improving ventilation systems, more frequent cleaning, and regular testing of wastewater on campus.

COVID-19 Absence Self-declaration Form 

The University provides this self-declaration form for you to complete if you cannot write an exam, submit an assignment on time, or attend a mandatory lab because of COVID-19. With this self-declaration form, you do not need a medical certificate.

Stay safe

Although the pandemic has proven unpredictable, we will continue to monitor government and public health directives as well as expert advice.

Let's continue to keep uOttawa safe.


COVID-19 continues to pose health and logistical challenges. It is important for travellers to take the time to identify and mitigate travel risks including those related to COVID-19.

Travellers are encouraged to visit the uOInternational travel safety website for pre-departure planning and procedures. 

Students are required to:

  • Complete a pre-departure training
  • Register University trips abroad
  • Obtain approval if travelling to higher-risk locations

Faculty and staff are highly recommended to register their trips.

The University provides medical, logistical, and security support to travellers through International SOS.

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International visitors can visit the campus and participate in in-person activities. Most COVID-19 border measures have been lifted. Incoming travellers are highly encouraged to check the latest information directly from the Government of Canada.

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Public health information

On campus

For Ontario residents

Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
or TTY: 1-866-797-0007

For Quebec residents

Info-Santé: 1-877-644-4545
or TTY: 1-800-361-9596