The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted post-secondary institutions and their surrounding communities. The risk of COVID-19 has been highlighted by outbreaks, both on and off-campus. As a result, the post-secondary sector has received a strong recommendation from the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health (COMOH) to require mandatory vaccination for all individuals (including but not limited to students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors) involved in any in-person University activities.

In addition, the University has received instructions from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Ontario requiring the University to implement a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy with proof of full vaccination to attend campus.