COVID-19 Safety Protocols

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Last updated Thursday, September 23, 2021.

This pages features important information about COVID-19 health and safety protocols. 

On this page:

Proof of Vaccination

In order to attend university premises for ANY reason you must: 

  1. Provide proof of vaccination.
  2. Complete daily health screenings via UCheck.

You must use UCheck before you come to campus for ANY purpose — even to come to Starbucks. The UCheck system will ask you to confirm your vaccine status, upload proof of vaccination, and answer a few health screening questions. You will then receive a red or green screen, based on your status, which you can display as needed If you have an exemption, you will be given information on rapid screening tests.

Only the vaccine receipt(s) that provide(s) proof that you are fully vaccinated is/are required to be uploaded. For example, if you have a Government of Ontario vaccine receipt showing the second of two doses, upload only this document. Instructions on how to upload documents are also available on the UCheck website, and you may also see the video below.

How to upload your proof of vaccination:

Video: how to upload proof of vaccination in UCheck

Passport program:

The provincial government will be launching a vaccine passport program effective September 22 that will provide a way to verify vaccination status for those without UCheck access. We will provide additional details as they become available.

If you are participating in an activity that is identified as higher risk (e.g., athletics, living in residence, and music instruction) and have received instructions on how to upload your proof of vaccination via Star Rez or ServiceNow, you will also be required to upload your vaccine documents in UCheck.

More information can be found on the UTogether FAQ page.


Visitors can use a printed version of the form to supply their vaccine status information. Please see the link to visitor and volunteer information on the UCheck page.

International students:

International students who will be in quarantine at the second dose deadline should contact UTM’s Health & Counselling Centre. The VP Students FAQ on vaccines also shares helpful advice.

Requests for Exemption

Those seeking an exemption for medical or other creed/religious reasons can make a formal request for a vaccine exemption. More information is available here; please note that approval is not guaranteed.

Rapid Screening Program

U of T’s Rapid Antigen screening program is now open

Rapid screening is mandatory for those with an approved vaccination exemption or those in the process of becoming fully vaccinated if they are coming to University premises or live in residence. Results must be uploaded through UCheck twice a week.  

The Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health has advised that rapid screening cannot be used as an alternative to vaccination.

For more information, visit the UTogether website.

Vaccination Clinics

Pop-up vaccination clinics will be available on our campuses this fall in addition to other vaccination clinics. More information is available on the UTogether vaccine page.

Thank you for your hard work, patience, and understanding as new protocols are established. We appreciate our community’s dedication to keeping each other safe. A further update will be provided next week.

Mask Policy, Contact Tracing and Other Safety Measures

The University has a 12-step plan for a safe return to campus for our entire community. This plan includes many layers of safety measures such as:

  • Masks are required in all indoor spaces, including classrooms, offices, common and study areas and research facilities.
  • If an instructor decides there is a compelling pedagogical reason to remove their mask, they can do so in their classroom. In that case, everyone must continue to maintain the physical distancing already required in all UTM spaces. Removing a mask outside of the classroom requires consultation with UTM Accessibility or U of T Health and Wellness.
  • An example of a pedagogical reason for an instructor to remove a mask might come in a language class where it is necessary to demonstrate technique: to show how a word is formed through movement of the lips and interaction with the teeth and the tongue, or how the jaw and eyes come together in communication. Instructors remain rightfully cautious: the decision to remove their mask will not be made lightly.
  • Masks are also available for purchase on campus; visit the Hospitality website for more details.
  • Contact tracing: all classes being held at UTM — and indeed all events — have been set up to enable contact tracing through ROSI lists, room scheduling lists, EHS investigations and other measures

  • Other measures:
    • UCheck health screening, contact tracing and case management that protect the confidentiality of individuals.
    • Industry-leading ventilation and building air filtration strategy, including upgrades to MERV 13 filters and air flushing pre- and post-occupancy for all central ventilation systems on all campuses; and classrooms upgraded to a minimum of six air changes per hour — the standard used in healthcare settings.
    • Measures to reduce congestion such as signage, traffic flow controls, and queue management systems.
    • Frequently updated COVID safety resources and in-person assessments to evaluate on-campus activities and support the implementation of protective measures.

For more information, visit the UTogether website.

Information for Travellers

Please refer to the Government of Canada website to see the most up-to-date requirements for travelling to and within Canada. Additional information may also be found on the Government of Canada's Air Travel page. Please also feel free to contact your airline for further details. 

International students may find additional support on the Student Information page.

University Health Resources

UTM’s Health & Counselling Centre (HCC) remains open for non-urgent health appointments and offers personal counselling appointments by telephone. Reach the HCC by telephone at 905-828-5255.

Find updated Information about HCC’s operations and services and read answers to frequently asked questions on the HCC website.

For urgent or after-hours health matters, please consult the HCC’s list of after-hours resources and walk-In clinics in Peel Region.

University of Toronto Health Services (for students)

  • UTM Health & Counselling Centre: 905-828-5255
  • St. George Campus Health & Wellness Centre: 416-978-8030
  • UTSC Health & Wellness Centre: 416-287-7065

Quick Links

Telehealth Ontario

Telehealth Ontario is a free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information from a Registered Nurse.

  • Phone: 1-866-797-0000
  • TTY: 1-866-797-0007
  • Hourse: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 Region of Peel Public Health

The Region of Peel Public Health website offers information about mobile COVID-19 testing centres, mental health supports and community support services.

  • Phone: 905-799-7700
  • Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week.