University of Waterloo information on COVID-19

Last updated: April 22, 2021
For complete details of recent announcements and previous updates visit our COVID-19 News page.

    Latest updates

    • April 22: Updated information about fall term 2021
    • April 22: What the extended COVID-19 shutdown and stay-at-home orders mean for spring term 2021
      • The province of Ontario has extended the current provincial shutdown and stay-at-home orders for 2 weeks – this affects in-person teaching, research and other operations on campus, including the beginning of spring term.  
      • Instructors will inform students about class format (in-person or remote) for the beginning of spring term (May 10, 2021) as soon as possible.
      • Read President Feridun Hamdullahpur's updates to undergraduate students, graduate students and employees.
      • An updated list of spring undergraduate and graduate courses is now available.
      • Read an earlier update from Charmaine Dean, vice-president, research and international, regarding implications of provincial shutdown measures on research.
      • Continue following all University safety protocols.

    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

    1. Apr. 13, 2021Update to COVID-19 outbreak in Waterloo residence buildings

      Update for students and employees

      • Region of Waterloo public health has declared the outbreak in residences over

      • Most restrictions put in place regarding the outbreak will continue under the stay-at-home order  

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