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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Legal protection program

The Legal Protection Program is provided through the Student Union, and ensures that full-time and part-time Ontario Tech students have the tools and financial means to defend your legal rights, have access to legal information via a toll-free legal assistance helpline, and have further counsel should you qualify for legal representation. 

What does legal representation include?

Housing disputes: Legal expenses arising from a dispute over a housing lease, such as a disputed rent increase, an illegal eviction, or a breach of a condition in the lease.

Employment disputes: Legal expenses arising from a dispute with a current or future employment contract, with respect to labour standards for grievances not covered by a union or government agency. This does not include occupational health and safety issues.

Disputes with an academic institution: A student’s legal expenses in the event of a dispute with an academic institution. This excludes cases related to sexual misconduct or a criminal act. 

What's covered?
  • Fees of lawyers or bailiffs.
  • Legal expenses, such as court fees and attendance, and witness expenses.
  • Experts’ fees (up to a maximum of $1,000).

In addition, students can get on-demand legal information on any legal situation using the toll-free legal assistance helpline. 

When does it start and how can I opt-out?

The Legal Protection Program is available for students every year beginning in September.

You can opt-out of the Legal Protection Program during the change-of-coverage period on the StudentCare website.

  • Fall semester change-of-coverage period: September 3 to 30, 2023.
  • Winter semester change-of-coverage period (new students only): January 3 to 31, 2024.
  • Spring/summer semester change-of-coverage period (new students only): May 1 to 31, 2024.
Learn more about the Ontario Tech Student Union Legal Protection Plan.