Ontario Tech University

Ontario Tech University

  • 85
    Acceptance Rate
  • 49
    Available Programs
  • 10500
  • 21,490
    Average Cost
  • 90
    Employment Rate
  • Program
  • Permit


Ontario Tech was founded in 2002 by the passage of Bill 109, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Act, 2002, by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on June 27, 2002. It is a public university emphasizing science and technology, and was a part of the Ontario government's initiative to create more spaces in post-secondary institutions for the flood of post-secondary students in 2003. Ontario Tech is located in the Durham Region of Ontario.

Ontario Tech offers graduate and post-graduate programs and research opportunities to the first 947 students in September 2003 and total enrolment was over 5,000 in the 2007–2008 school year, making it, at the time, the fastest-growing university in Ontario. The student population today is over 10,000 students.

Construction on the university's first buildings, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, began in 2002, and included a geothermal heating and cooling system extending 190m under the main campus quadrangle. These first buildings, three in total, were completed by the end of 2004. The Ontario Power Generation (OPG) building (funded by OPG) and the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC) were built in 2007. The university purchased the historic Regent Theatre in downtown Oshawa in 2009 and renovated it for use as a lecture theatre in 2010. The Clean Energy Research Laboratory (CERL) opened in 2010. In 2011, the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) and the Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC) opened. In 2014, the UOIT-Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre (UBISC) opened. In 2017, the Software and Informatics Research Centre (SIRC) was built.

In March 2019, the school was rebranded as Ontario Tech University.

Entry requirements

For direct admission, applicant must be from an English speaking country or meet either of the following English test scores:

Min TOEFL iBT: 83.0 (Min Reading: 20.0, Min Writing: 20.0, Min Listening: 20.0, Min Speaking: 19.0);

Min IELTS overall: 6.5 (Min Reading: 6.0, Min Writing: 6.0, Min Listening: 6.0, Min Speaking: 6.0).

For conditional admission, instead of submitting IELTS or TOEFL scores, applicant may complete English courses prior to the academic program. The length of the English course is determined based on the applicant’s level of English proficiency.

There are also additional requirements which are country specific.

Scholarship & funding

You could be awarded a scholarship from the university based on academic achievement as well as personal excellence.


Student life

The University offers a range of events, internship and co-op opportunities, and one-on-one support to guide students in their career preparation and exploration. The University fosters a strong sense of community by engaging and using, a diverse group of students. It encourages community engagement through varsity athletics, indigenous education and cultural services, international eduction, and peer support.