This update is provided for archival purposes only.

Public Health guidance and University of Waterloo operations may have changed. For the most up-to-date information, please visit one of the following COVID-19 information pages:

News for New students

Friday, January 7, 2022

What to do if you think you have COVID

Update for the UWaterloo community

On December 30, 2021, the Government of Ontario made changes to PCR testing eligibility and case and contact management guidance.  These changes, made to help the province effectively manage the impact of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, mean that we are making changes to the protocols for what the University community needs to do if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Rapid testing for asymptomatic employees and students

Update for students and employees

  • A COVID-19 rapid screening site will open in the Davis Centre on June 21, 2021
  • You can now book appointments online for asymptomatic testing if you come to campus regularly
Monday, May 17, 2021

2021 fall term update

Update for new undergraduate students

You might be wondering: what will my campus experience look like in the fall?  

As Canada rolls out more vaccines, we are planning for more in-person learning, work, and research starting this fall. We are optimistic that activity can happen in person with a staged and strategic return to campus. Our plan will be flexible so we can tackle unexpected challenges and keep your health and wellbeing our priority. 

Friday, May 7, 2021

Canadian study permit application deadlines

Update for prospective international undergraduate students

The Government of Canada announced that study permit applications received by May 15 will be processed by August 6, ensuring a final permit decision before the fall term begins. We understand this has raised questions about when Offers of Admission will be received.

The final round of admissions evaluation is underway, and we are doing everything we can to complete all decisions prior to May 15. If you do not already have an admissions decision, you will hear from us soon.

You can still apply for your study permit after May 15. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Large cluster of COVID cases leads to outbreak

Update for the UWaterloo community

  • We are managing a COVID-19 outbreak of two cases in Claudette Millar Hall.

  • Public health officials have identified that the cases may be linked to a large cluster of COVID cases in the community.

  • If you do not hear from public health officials, you should continue to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek testing if needed. We all need to avoid social gatherings to stop the spread of COVID-19.