University of Waterloo information on COVID-19

Last updated: November 22, 2021

    Latest updates

    • November 22: Employee return to campus for winter term
      • We are planning a return to pre-pandemic levels of in-person instruction. This means that from January 4, 2022, learning at Waterloo will happen primarily in-person.
      • We will continue our ongoing and safe return to in-person operations.
      • Read the full memo
    • November 19: Resuming University-sanctioned international travel
      • If you are fully vaccinated and you can meet certain travel safety requirements, you may resume international travel for University of Waterloo related business, research, work terms, study, and co-curricular activities.
      • These requirements include obtaining approval, registering travel, and completing pre-departure and travel risk mitigation activities. 
      • Read the full memo

    The University of Waterloo continues to implement plans and protocols to safely restart campus activities, following public health advice and best practices.

    Many buildings have reopened on campus with modified hours for fall term. Find out what’s open and see our list of building and service availability.


    Important links

    Canada's COVID Alert AppCOVID alert app logo

    • The Government of Canada launched a national, voluntary app that will notify users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19. The app is available for free to Canadians and can be downloaded through the App or Google Play stores.
    • The COVID Alert app incorporates exposure notification technology provided by Apple and Google and does not collect personally identifiable information.
    • The more people using the COVID Alert app, the more effective this tool will be in helping limit the spread of COVID-19.
    • Learn more.


    If you have questions about Waterloo's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please email