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 our COVID-19 frequently asked questions.

Recapping important COVID-19 information

Thursday, September 30, 2021

This message was originally sent to the UWaterloo community by University Communications.

Over the last two weeks, we’ve shared some important updates about our operational plans as we look to expand in-person experiences for everyone this fall and beyond. We’ve shared the most important updates with you by email, but you might have missed some changes that we shared online. This email is a quick recap of the information you might have missed. 

Winter term 2022 

Mandatory vaccination requirement 

  • We clarified details of our mandatory vaccination requirement including information on the consequences of non-compliance. 
  • Individuals deemed or found to be non-compliant will face progressive remedial action consistent with appropriate University of Waterloo policies. In all cases of non-compliance, access to campus will be limited and individuals must complete a mandatory training module.  
  • We have been emailing anyone who is non-compliant to remind individuals to submit their proof of vaccination or apply for an accommodation before October 17. Since September 7, you are not permitted on campus if you have not provided proof of vaccination or applied for an accommodation. 


We shared more details on our accommodation process including new frequently asked questions to help individuals understand when and how to apply for accommodations for the mandatory vaccination policy. 

You can submit accommodation requests using the Campus Check-In Proof of Vaccination survey

Contractors, visitors and volunteers 

Contractors, service providers and visitors to the University’s campuses who are vaccine-eligible (currently those born during or before 2009) are required to be vaccinated and must declare their vaccination status in Campus Check-In. Some exclusions apply. 

Full details on procedures for contractors and volunteers are available online. 

Employees who hire contractors or service providers must notify them of this requirement before they come to campus. 

Provincial vaccine passport on campus 

Domestic travel 

  • Domestic travel is now permitted if it essential and safe. 
  • Approvals for domestic travel are returning to pre-pandemic approval arrangements, typically by a Department Head or Chair. 

International travel 

  • Most University-approved international travel remains suspended in line with Government of Canada travel advice.  
  • We have shared details of the procedures for exemptions with faculty members for research-related travel.  
  • The International Visiting Graduate Student program is resuming. Contact the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs for more information. 
  • Currently  travel  for exchange is restricted until  April 30, 2022. Students who we have determined  will  need to travel before this date have received messages that they will not be able to move forward with their planned term.