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Updated: June 11, 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:


The university is committed to maintaining research functions where allowable; however, all in-person (face-to-face) research involving human participants that is being conducted on Laurier's campuses or an off-campus location in Ontario is suspended until further notice. Detailed information for researchers is available through the Office of Research Services.

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: Only Laurier employees working in functions designated as essential are approved to work on campus. Access request processes and on-campus safety protocols for employees can be found on Connect.

Athletics Complex and YMCA

All fitness facilities will be closed until further notice. Information about online fitness programs will be shared via Athletics and Recreation.


As all physical store locations remain closed. Online ordering with delivery options is available.

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

Wilf’s and Terrace Food Court on the Waterloo campus have been modified to support students with pick-up at the Terrace.

Visit the Dining on Campus webpage for the latest details.

Library and Archives

The Library building is not accessible to the public and in-person Library services are suspended.

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

The following digital and on-demand services and resources continue to be provided in support of online and remote teaching and learning: virtual reference services – Ask Us, all Library electronic resources and access to HathiTrust ETAS, electronic reserves and online course readings via ARES, scanning-on-demand and digitization services via the OMNI system, scanning of Archival and Special collections, and inter-library loan for digital materials.

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


OneCard services are being provided virtually or by delivery. 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 remain open with continued support from essential workers.

To keep our residence community safe, guests are not allowed, including students from other rooms or apartments in addition to guests from outside the building. 

Visit the Residence website for further information.

Study Spaces

All on-campus study spaces are closed.

Wellness Centres

The Wellness Centres on both of our campuses continue to provide most appointments virtually and only high-priority cases in person. 


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