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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers for commonly asked questions about Canvas. If you are looking for specific how-to information about Canvas, visit our self-service Resource Centre.


General Help and Support

  • How do I access Canvas?
    To access Canvas, please visit
  • What browser should I use for Canvas?
    Canvas supports the current and previous major releases of the following browsers:

    • Chrome 102 and 103
    • Firefox 101 and 102 (Extended Releases are not supported*)
    • Edge 102 and 103
    • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)
    • Safari 14 and 15 (Macintosh only)

    Please see this Canvas article for further details.

    * For extended release browser versions, the warning banner still applies and displays in Canvas for any browser below the minimum version requirement.

  • Who do I contact for help with Canvas?
    Different functions in Canvas are handled by different groups on campus. For network access and password-related issues, contact the IT service desk at If you are having other technical issues with Canvas (e.g., slow load times), contact the IT service desk and copy, using our ticket generator. For information and support on how to use Canvas in your teaching, contact the Teaching and Learning Centre at
  • When will I be able to access my Canvas courses?
    IT Services and the Office of the Registrar schedule the release of course shells for upcoming semesters and the subsequent publication of courses for students to access them. Professors typically receive access to their courses six weeks before the start of classes each semester. Students have access approximately two weeks before classes begin. Exact dates of course shell release changes each year.
  • How do I find my past Canvas courses?

    Past courses or concluded courses can be found by clicking on Courses, then scrolling down to All Courses. You will be able to see all courses. This is also where you can Favourite courses to appear on the Dashboard, but it should be noted that you cannot Favourite past courses.

    Please note that after 120 days, students will be unable to access their past courses.

  • Why can't I find my past courses?

    Due to record retention requirements and storage requirements at the university, students will not be able to access Canvas courses after 120 days have past since the end of the course.

    If you are an instructor who is having difficulty locating your past courses, please complete a Canvas Support Ticket for assistance.

  • Where can I get training for Canvas?
    The Teaching and Learning Centre provides support for Canvas training and how you can use it in the classroom. Contact us at for more information or visit our Canvas Resource Centre for self-service support.

Teaching With Canvas

  • How do I add a TA to my Canvas course?
    To add a TA to your Canvas course, contact your Faculty's Director of Planning and Operations. Each Faculty has their own system for these requests - the Teaching and Learning Centre does not process requests to add individuals to courses.
  • How can Canvas be used in online or hybrid courses?
    Canvas can be used to communicate with your students, post assessments, and track grades for any in person, online, or hybrid classes. As additional support for online and hybrid classes, Kaltura Virtual Classroom is integrated into Canvas to allow you to meet your students virtually.
  • I don't see what I expected to in my course. What can I do?
    If you don't see updates or changes to your course, or you don't see your courses at all, logout of Canvas, close your browser and reboot your device. If this doesn't work, you can attempt to further resolve the issue by (Chrome browser only):
    • On your computer, open Chrome.
    • At the top right, click More.
    • Click More tools Clear browsing data.
    • At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.
    • Next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes.
    • Click Clear data.

    If these steps do not work, contact the Service Desk at for further support.

  • How can students communicate with me?
    Students can communicate with their instructors using the Canvas Inbox feature, which allows them to message members of the class. Depending on your notification settings, you will receive a notification in your Ontario Tech email inbox with a copy of their message. You can respond directly within that email or in Canvas Inbox. Note that Canvas Inbox is not an email tool, and some functionality you may be expecting is not available. If you wish to use more advanced messaging, you may choose to use your email inbox.
  • When can I access New Quizzes?

    New Quizzes is available for any Canvas course, however, it needs to be turned on. We encourage you to contact the Teaching and Learning Center at if you plan to use New Quizzes. Further information can be found in the New Quizzes Hub.

    New Quizzes will be enabled for all courses in June 2023.