University of Waterloo information on COVID-19

Last updated: July 22, 2021

    Latest updates

    • July 22: Vaccination now required to live in residences
      • ​​​​​​​We will require students living in our residences during the 2021-2022 academic year to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 
      • We are making changes to residence requirements based on new advice we received this week from Region of Waterloo Medical Officer of Health
      • You can expect expanded in-person experiences such as in labs, libraries, student clubs and services as other public health restrictions lift
      • Learn more about our vaccination requirement for residences
      • Read President Vivek Goel's memos to undergraduate students, graudate students and employees
    • July 20: Looking beyond Step 3 to the fall term
      • Ontario entered Step 3 of its reopening plan and is seeing positive trends in vaccinations and low numbers of COVID-19 cases 
      • While we may be able to significantly expand in-person experiences this fall, our current academic approach will remain largely as planned: a mix of online and in-person courses 
      • Register for the President’s Forum on July 27 to learn more 
      • Read President Vivek Goel's 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