This update is provided for archival purposes only. Public Health guidance and University of Waterloo operations may have changed. Please review detailed information about academicsresearch and our safe and staged return to campus.

Resources for returning to campus in the fall term (all students)

Friday, September 3, 2021

This message was originally sent to students by Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor, and James W. E. Rush, Vice-President, Academic and Provost.

As the fall term approaches, we look forward to welcoming more employees and students back to our campuses. We have planned for a fall term that creates an expanded in-person experience for all, while putting measures in place to protect and promote safety. 

We are pleased to share new resources to help you learn what to expect and how you can help keep our campus community safe and healthy. Please note that these resources reflect what we know now in an ever-changing situation, and we expect that circumstances and public health advice might change. We will continue to update you as needed.

Welcome Back resources

The Welcome Back Waterloo Guide outlines the University’s plans and the steps you can take as you prepare to return. It will continue to be updated as plans and the campus environment evolve. 

This short video helps those of you coming to campus prepare for a unique fall term. 

Health and Safety guidance

Here’s what you need to know about the health and safety environment at the University. The Safety Office has updated the Health and Safety guide.

It is important to note that the government of Ontario has relaxed physical distancing and capacity limits in instructional spaces including classrooms, teaching labs and libraries. The University will continue with its plans for a graduated and safe return to campus. you need to stay vigilant and you must always wear a mask.

You must still maintain two meters’ physical distance in all public spaces such as cafeterias, gyms, study spaces, and washrooms. Physical distancing measures in non-instructional space situations remain in place in line with the province’s Step 3 regulations

Continuity of Education plan

The University has submitted a Continuity of Education plan in accordance with Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) directives.

Submit your proof of vaccination today

If you have not yet done so, submit your proof of vaccination or start the process for accommodation at Starting September 7, everyone in the University of Waterloo community, including visitors, must provide proof of vaccination before coming to campus.

If you are a student living in Campus Housing residences or AFIW residences that have already supplied proof of vaccination or sought an accommodation you do not need to resubmit your information.

To submit your proof of vaccination, you can upload your vaccination record or receipt. If you were vaccinated in Ontario, copies of your receipts are available on the Government of Ontario website.
If you were vaccinated elsewhere in Canada copies of your receipts are available on the relevant provincial website that you can find links to on the Government of Canada website.

If you were vaccinated outside of Canada, proof can include vaccination receipts or letters from physicians, hospitals, or government agencies that include the date you received the vaccine, the name of the vaccine and the number of valid doses you have received.
To apply for an accommodation, you can follow the prompts in the proof of vaccination form.

If you have any questions, please contact We encourage you to have a relaxing Labour Day long weekend and look forward to seeing many of you on campus as we prepare for a unique fall term.