University of Waterloo information on COVID-19

Last updated: January 19, 2021, 12:30 p.m.
For complete details of recent announcements and previous updates visit our COVID-19 News page.

    Latest updates

    • January 19: Confirming dates and approach for spring 2021 term
      • We are confirming continuation of primarily online learning and instruction with some courses, activities and supports available in person
      • Spring term will start one week later, on May 10
      • Check the academic information section of this website regularly for the latest information
    • January 13: Do your part – stay home and stay safe
      • The Government of Ontario has issued a stay-at-home order. If you have to come to campus, only do what is needed and get home as soon as possible.
      • Employees: if you can do your work from home, you must.
      • We encourage you to keep a mask on at all times in public places. Refer to our updated face covering requirements.
      • Learn more about what the stay-at-home order means for undergraduate students, graduate students and employees.

    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