Ontario universities are stepping up their game in stopping the spread of COVID-19. In addition to moving classes online, some schools are now also closing their residences earlier than planned. Ontario university residence closures are happening by the end of the week, and students are being ordered to leave the premises.

McMaster, Brock, Laurier, Guelph, Waterloo, University of Toronto, and U of Ottawa have all announced that they will be closing their residences early due to the spread of COVID-19. 

Laurier announced to their students on March 16 that a "mandatory residence moveout" was put in place and all students should be out of their rooms by the end of March 18. 

While students only had two days to pack up their belongings, the school did announce that there were some exceptions, such as international students. 

"We recognize how disruptive this will be as you move out of the space you’ve called home and we’re committed to supporting you through this process," the university stated. 

Other universities across the province have also done the same. Brock University has announced that everyone must be out of residences by 6 p.m. on March 19. 

"The only exception to this will be students who can demonstrate that they have no other alternatives for accommodation," their statement reads. 

At the University of Toronto, residences will be closed by 8 p.m. March 19 at Victoria University, says their statement

However, some Ontario universities have yet to announce residence closures. As of Wednesday morning, Western has announced that students are still able to remain in residence until their original closing date of April 27.

Since COVID-19 changes in Ontario are happening rapidly, it is always best to check with your university about the most up to date changes. 

This isn't the first step that universities have taken in attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Universities in Ontario have been closing their doors on face-to-face classes since last week.


On Tuesday, the Ontario Government declared a state of emergency, ordering multiple venues including concert halls, restaurants, theatres and private schools to shut down immediately. 

However, essentials such as grocery stores, pharmacies and offices will remain open at this time. 

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