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Updated: Sept. 17, 2021

As the government takes a phased approach to re-opening the province, Laurier has been working to develop a detailed and integrated plan for the resumption of university activities as permitted by provincial health guidelines.

The Pandemic Recovery Steering Group (PRSG) oversees the development of recovery plans for the university's operations – in support of the academic mission, and with the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty at the forefront.

Guiding Principles

  • Safeguard the health and safety of our university community.
  • Maintain academic and research excellence.
  • Enhance our exceptional student experience.
  • Demonstrate our commitment to the care and well-being of our employees.
  • Continue to partner with our local communities as an anchor institution.

Scaling Framework

The university’s return-to-campus planning and assessment activities are a dynamic, evolving process. Any functions or services that can continue to work remotely and effectively from home will continue to do so for the foreseeable future to limit the number of people on our campuses.

The PRSG developed a COVID-19 scaling framework to guide safety planning, decision making and priority setting in regards to campus operations and activities. The framework identifies four levels – low, moderate, high and critical – independently applied to ten campus categories.

Academic Delivery

The university is planning for and preparing for a return to our campuses in fall 2021 within public health guidelines. The spring, intersession and summer 2021 terms will take place primarily remote and online. Learn more:


Laurier’s Office of Research Services has developed an approval process with rigorous health and safety protocols to ensure that all faculty members who wish to undertake research activities can safely do so. Detailed information for researchers, including application forms for resuming research, can be found on the Office of Research Services page on Connect.

Status of On-Campus Services and Spaces

Students: To help keep everyone safe, please do not come to campus for non-essential needs. If you do need to visit campus, plan ahead (appointments may be required) and follow all on-campus safety protocols.

Employees: ​The university is planning a phased return to on-campus work​ for all administrative functions and services, commencing at the beginning of August and through to the end of October.​ Access request processes and on-campus safety protocols for employees can be found on Connect.

Athletics Complex and YMCA

The Athletic Complex is open.

The Laurier Brantford YMCA is open.


The WLU Bookstore is open.

Campus Tours

In-person campus tours for prospective students are suspended. There are opportunities for future students and their supporters to explore Laurier through

Food and Dining

Food Services on campus are open. Hours are subject to change. Visit the Dining on Campus webpage for the latest details.

Library and Archives

The library is open for bookable study spaces.

The Bookmobile (Books to Go) service continues to operate.

For updates, check the Library’s COVID-19 page.


OneCard offices are open for pick-up. For further information, contact


All parking rules and regulations remain in effect and a valid permit is required to park on campus or on any university owned or leased properties, payment is also required at meters or in any pay and display lots. For further information, visit the Parking Office.

Waterloo campus parking enquiries should be directed to

Brantford campus parking enquiries should be directed to

Residence Operations

Residences buildings are open. Visit the Residence website for further information.

Study Spaces

Limited study spaces are currently available.

  • Library (Waterloo): open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Alumni Field: Outfitted with four large tents (no side panels) and picnic tables across artificial turf.

Wellness Centres

The Wellness Centres are open but closed for drop-ins. Remote appointments are available.


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