OTTAWA -- Post-secondary students will begin returning to campuses later this month to begin the 2021-22 school year.

Classes are scheduled to begin the week of September 6. looks at the COVID-19 vaccine policies for post-secondary institutions in Ottawa and eastern Ontario.


Algonquin College has issued a mandatory vaccine requirement for students or employees coming to campuses in Ottawa, Perth and Pembroke this fall.

The college said on Aug. 18 that anyone working, studying or visiting any of its three campuses would need to provide proof they had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 7, with proof of two doses requried by Oct. 12.

Details on the implentation of the policy have yet to be announced.

Algonquin College



Carleton University says students, staff and faculty must be fully vaccinated to visit the campus this fall.

Carleton says any students, staff and faculty coming on to campus must attest to receiving their first dose by Sept. 8 and their second dose no later than Oct. 15.

"Unvaccinated individuals without an approved permitted exemption will not be able to attend campus or any university activity in person," said Carleton University in a statement on its website.

"Carleton community members with approved permitted exemptions will be able to book a mandatory rapid testing appointment through cuScreen. Rapid testing will be required within 72 hours before participating in an in-person activity at Carleton."


Carleton University says students living in residence will be required to be fully vaccinated this school year.

Students must receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 10, 2021, and their second dose no later than Oct. 15, 2021.


Students competing in varsity and competitive club sports at Carleton University must be fully vaccinated to participate this school year.

Students must receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 10, 2021, and their second dose no later than Oct. 15, 2021.

Carleton University



The University of Ottawa said on Aug. 10 that all students, faculty, staff and visitors must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 7 and must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15 in order to set foot on campus. 


The University of Ottawa says all students living in residence must be fully vaccinated. Students must have received a first dose before the move-in date. The second dose must be administered within the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health.


All uOttawa student-athletes must be fully vaccinated to compete this season.

According to the vaccination policy on the Gee-Gees website, student-athletes were required to have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Aug. 1. All Gee-Gees student-athletes must receive two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 1.

Students who don't comply will be removed from the team's roster.

University of Ottawa sign


La Cite College says anyone wanting to attend campus will need to be fully immunized.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for full-time and part-time staff and students.


Queen's University says COVID-19 vaccinations will be mandatory for all students, staff, faculty and visitors accessing the campus this fall.

Queen's said on Aug. 26 that it's implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for all individuals participating in university activities in-person, either on the Kingston campus or other Queen's property.

Students, staff, faculty, contractors and visitors will be required to upload proof of their vaccination status via the online tool before coming to campus.

Any individual who requires an accommodation under the Ontario Human Rights Code with respect to vaccination status must formally request such an accommodation and provide supporting documentation. All individuals who are not fully vaccinated due to an approved accommodated need or who are awaiting their second or final dose are required to adhere to additional health and safety measures, including, but not limited to, twice weekly rapid testing.

Unvaccinated individuals without an approved accommodation will not be able to attend campus or participate in any university activity in person.


Queen's University's mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for campus includes residence.

Queen's University


Students and staff at St. Lawrence College will need to be fully vaccinated to step on campus this fall.

The college announced on Aug. 12 that students and employees are required to have COVID-19 vaccinations to attend campus for the fall semester.

St. Lawrence College will share details the week of Aug. 16 about a grace period and its process. The college does say students and employees must have their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Orientation Day on Sept. 7.