Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General FAQs (All Events)

The OUF and Regional Fairs allow you to gather information and chat with representatives one on one.

  • The OUF is held over 2 days in Toronto. The OUF is fair style and each university has a booth.
  • The Regional Fairs travel across Ontario in September and October. These events are also fair style and each university has an exhibit table.

The Information Sessions are virtual events.

  • There are 3 events taking place throughout the fall.
  • Each university will offer six 30-minute sessions during each event where you can learn about the universities of your choice and ask questions.

No, these events are free and anyone may attend.

Yes, anyone may attend. These events provide information primarily about undergraduate programs, so we encourage anyone looking for information about these programs to attend.

No. Only Ontario universities will be at these events.

  • Select the universities you would like to receive information from on the Connect with Ontario’s Universities form.
  • Many Ontario universities continue to offer their own in-person and virtual events and tours, webinars, chats and more. Visit Tours and Events on Ontario Universities’ Info (OUInfo) to find upcoming Ontario university offerings.
  • OUInfo is a great resource to learn more about the Ontario universities you’re interested in. Find and compare Ontario university programs, and research residences, scholarships, admission requirements and more.

The OUF and Regional Fairs will follow government guidelines to make the events as safe as possible for everyone. We will continue to closely monitor public health guidelines.

The OUF and Regional Fairs will be mask-friendly events. If you wish to wear a mask, ensure you bring it with you to the event.

Vaccination status will not be checked.

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OUF FAQs

In this section:

General OUF Information

The OUF is held over 2 days in Toronto. The OUF is fair style and each university has a booth.

The Regional Fairs travel across Ontario in September and October. These events are also fair style and each university has an exhibit table.

Ontario’s universities are present at both the OUF and the Regional Fairs. These events allow you to gather information and chat with representatives one on one.

You can gather the same information at either the OUF or the Regional Fairs and anyone may attend these events.

No. The OUF is held only once each year around the same time in the fall.

No. Only Ontario universities will be at the OUF.

No. You are not permitted to bring food, beverages or bottled water into the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

There will be an on-site food court on Level 800 with food for sale and a seating area where you can eat. Food will also be available at the South Café on Level 700.

Payment is accepted via debit and credit only.

There are water bottle refill stations where you can refill your bottle. Water drinking fountains are also available.

There are numerous external restaurants within a short distance.

You may leave and return throughout the OUF hours, but you will be re-checked at security when you return. Refer to the Conditions of Admission and Participation for full details.

Yes. However, bags and knapsacks are subject to security searches that will delay you at the entrance and may result in items being confiscated.

Refer to the Conditions of Admission and Participation for full details.

Coat and bag check are not available at the OUF. There are no public lockers at the event due to security reasons and those carrying a bag will be subject to inspection.

If you are staying at a hotel in Toronto but will arrive before check-in time, most hotels offer a baggage storage area where you can keep your bag until check-in time.

Yes, Wi-Fi is available in areas around the Exhibit Hall (hallways, lobbies, etc.) Wi-Fi is not available in the Exhibit Hall.

To make the most of the OUF, we suggest you:

  • Register for an OUF Pass so you can start visiting university booths as soon as you get to the OUF. The OUF Pass is a barcode that you bring to the OUF on your mobile phone or on paper and scan at the university booths of your choice. It allows you to easily share your contact information with the universities that you’re interested in so they can send you more information about their programs, events, scholarships and more.
  • Visit the OUInfo website before the event to learn more about Ontario’s universities – like which universities offer the programs you’re interested in – to help you decide which booths you want to visit.
  • Refer to the Exhibit Floor Plan to find where the university booths are that you are most interested in visiting.

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OUF Admission

There is no cost to attend the OUF.

You can learn about Ontario’s universities in several ways:

  • Ontario’s universities will travel across the province for the Regional Fairs, offering fair-style events that allow you to gather information about Ontario’s universities. Learn about programs, campus life and anything else that may help you decide which Ontario university to choose.
  • Ontario’s universities are hosting the virtual Information Sessions. Each event is devided into 6 timeslots where you can learn about the universities of your choice and ask questions.
  • Select the universities you would like to receive information from on the Connect with Ontario’s Universities form.
  • Many Ontario universities continue to offer their own in-person and virtual events and tours, webinars, chats and more. Visit Tours and Events on Ontario Universities’ Info (OUInfo) to find upcoming Ontario university offerings.
  • OUInfo is a great resource to learn more about the Ontario universities you’re interested in. Find and compare Ontario university programs, and research residences, scholarships, admission requirements and more.

You are free to come and go as you please throughout the OUF weekend. You will be re-checked at security if you return.

Yes. You can attend if you’re thinking about applying to an Ontario university, even if you’re not currently in Grade 12.

Yes, the OUF is open to anyone who is interested in attending an Ontario university.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide invitation letters for the OUF. The OUF is a free, public event, and anyone is welcome to attend; therefore, we do not send out formal invitations.

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OUF Registration and the OUF Pass

You do not need to register to attend the OUF, but we strongly recommend that you register for an OUF Pass.

The OUF Pass is a barcode that you bring to the OUF on your mobile phone or on paper and scan at the university booths of your choice. It allows you to easily share your contact information with the universities that you’re interested in so they can send you more information about their programs, events, scholarships and more.

If you don’t have an OUF Pass, you will have to manually share your contact information at each university booth you want to receive more information from.

Anyone can register for an OUF Pass, including students, parents and guidance counsellors. Save time and register in advance so you can start visiting university booths as soon as you get to the OUF.

No. However, we strongly recommend it.

If you want to receive information from a university about their programs, events, scholarships and more, simply ask a university representative to scan your OUF Pass.

If you don’t have an OUF Pass, you will have to manually share your contact details at each university booth you want to receive more information from.

Print it out or save it on your mobile device and bring it to the OUF.

If you are interested in getting more information from a university, ask a university representative to scan your OUF Pass. The university can then contact you directly.

You can retrieve your barcode by logging in to the OUF Pass registration website.

Ask a university representative to scan your OUF Pass.

Yes. However, registering in advance is the best option to ensure you’re ready for the OUF.

You will need to provide your name and contact information and indicate whether you are a high school student, a guidance counsellor, etc.

Date of birth is required, unless you indicate you are a parent, guardian, supporter, guidance counsellor or other.

There are many reasons to register in advance, including to:

  • Save time and allow you to visit university booths as soon as you’re at the OUF.
  • Avoid any last-minute web traffic on the OUF Pass registration website.
  • Receive a reminder email before the OUF.

Universities that scan your OUF Pass will send you information about their university.

For more information about how your information will be used, refer to the Privacy Statement provided as part of your OUF Pass.

Yes, as long as your OUF Pass hasn’t been scanned at any university booths, you can log in to the OUF Pass registration website and update your contact information.

No. Your OUF Pass will work at all university booths.

No. They do not need to register for an OUF Pass unless they are interested in receiving information from the universities.

You will need to register again this year.

In accordance with our Privacy Statement, we do not keep registration data from one year to the next.

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What Kind of Information is Available at the OUF?

No. If you are interested in university presentations, we encourage you to attend the virtual Information Sessions.

Each university offers its own scholarships and awards. Speak with university representatives directly about the financial aid options offered at their university. You may also speak with representatives from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to find out more about financial aid from the Ontario provincial government.

The OUF provides information primarily about undergraduate programs, so it is a useful resource for gap year students who are interested in those programs.

The OUF provides information primarily about undergraduate programs, so it is a useful resource for mature students who are interested in those programs.

The OUF is geared toward high school students and therefore primarily provides information about undergraduate programs.

Some universities may choose to also provide information about graduate and/or professional programs. University representatives will usually be able to answer general questions about graduate studies.

Yes. Check out the Aboriginal Post-Secondary Information Program (APSIP) in Room 809 to connect with Indigenous recruiters and discover your opportunities.

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Accessibility and Other Services at the OUF

Yes. Wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit Guest Services located on Level 500 in the South Building.

Yes. There is a multi-faith space in Room 803A.

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OUF and the Media

You are welcome to attend the OUF, as it is open to the public; however, the OUF has strict media and material distribution guidelines. If you are seen taking photos or video at the OUF without prior consent, you may be asked to leave the event.

Email us for media inquiries.

The OUF does not allow anyone other than registered exhibitors (universities and partners) to hand out materials at their booths. If you are found handing out materials to OUF attendees anywhere within the OUF grounds, you will be asked to return them to your vehicles or discard them in the bins provided.

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Regional Fairs FAQs

In this section:

General Information About Regional Fairs

The OUF is held over 2 days in Toronto. The OUF is fair style and each university has a booth.

The Regional Fairs travel across Ontario in September and October. These events are fair style and each university has an exhibit table.

Ontario’s universities are present at both the OUF and the Regional Fairs. These events allow you to gather information and chat with representatives one on one.

You can gather the same information at either the OUF or the Regional Fairs and anyone may attend these events.

No. Only Ontario universities will be at the Regional Fairs.

Almost all of Ontario’s universities are participating in the Regional Fairs events.

OCAD U regrets that they will not be able to participate in the Regional Fairs this year.

To make the most of your visit to a Regional Fair, we suggest you visit the OUInfo website before the event to learn more about Ontario’s universities – like which universities offer the programs you’re interested in – to help you decide which university you are most interested in.

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Regional Fairs Registration and Admission

There is no cost to attend the Regional Fairs.

We encourage you to register to easily share your contact information with the universities you’re interested in so they can send you information about their programs, events, scholarships and more.

You can still attend a Regional Fair if you don’t register, but you will have to manually share your contact information with each university individually if you want to receive more information from them.

No. Your OUF Pass is only valid at the OUF and cannot be used for the Regional Fairs.

You can learn about Ontario’s universities in several ways:

  • Attend the Ontario’s Universities’ Fair (OUF) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, October 1-2, 2022.
  • Ontario’s universities are hosting the virtual Information Sessions. Each event is divided into 6 timeslots where you can learn about the universities of your choice and ask questions.
  • Select the universities you would like to receive information from on the Connect with Ontario’s Universities form.
  • Many Ontario universities continue to offer their own in-person and virtual events and tours, webinars, chats and more. Visit Tours and Events on Ontario Universities’ Info (OUInfo) to find upcoming Ontario university offerings.
  • OUInfo is a great resource to learn more about the Ontario universities you’re interested in. Find and compare Ontario university programs, and research residences, scholarships, admission requirements and more.

Yes. You can attend if you’re thinking about applying to an Ontario university, even if you’re not currently in Grade 12.

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What Kind of Information is Available at Regional Fairs?

No. If you are interested in university presentations, we encourage you to attend the virtual Information Sessions.

Each university offers its own scholarships and awards. Speak with university representatives directly about the financial aid options offered at their university.

The Regional Fairs provide information primarily about undergraduate programs, so it is a useful resource for gap year students who are interested in those programs.

The Regional Fairs provide information primarily about undergraduate programs, so it is a useful resource for mature students who are interested in those programs.

The Regional Fairs are geared toward high school students and therefore primarily provides information about undergraduate programs.

Some universities may choose to also provide information about graduate and/or professional programs. University representatives will usually be able to answer general questions about graduate studies.

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Virtual Information Sessions FAQs

In this section:

General Information About Virtual Information Sessions

There will be 3 virtual events:

  1. Tuesday, October 11, 5-8 pm (ET),
  2. Wednesday, November 9, 5-8 pm (ET) and
  3. Thursday, December 1, 5-8 pm (ET)

Each university will offer six 30-minute sessions during each virtual event.

It depends on the university. Refer to the event schedules to find out what each university plans to offer during their session.

Schedules are available on the Information Sessions virtual event page and the event website.

  • Visit the OUInfo website to learn more about Ontario’s universities – like which universities offer the programs you’re interested in – to help you decide which sessions you want to attend.
  • Refer to the virtual event schedules to find out what each university plans to offer during their session.

There will be 3 virtual events on October 11, November 9 and December 1.

Attending these events will give you the opportunity to attend more than 6 university sessions.

If you are interested in additional opportunities to learn about Ontario universities, they will travel across the province for the Ontario Universities’ Regional Fairs, offering fair-style events that allow you to gather information about Ontario’s universities. Learn about programs, campus life and anything else that may help you decide which Ontario university to choose.

Universities also continue to offer their own in-person and virtual events and tours, webinars, chats and more. To find upcoming university offerings, visit the Tours and Events section on the Ontario Universities’ Info (OUInfo) website.

No. You do not need to do anything beforehand. However, to make the most of the virtual Information Sessions, we suggest you:

  • Refer to the virtual event schedules to find out what each university plans to offer during their session and plan your time wisely.
  • Visit the OUInfo website before the event to learn more about Ontario’s universities – like which universities offer the programs you’re interested in – to help you decide which sessions you want to attend.

University representatives will advise during their sessions how you can ask questions.

You may also contact each university by clicking the “Contact” button within their showcase.

Some Ontario universities may record their presentations while others may not. We encourage you to check the event website between the live events for on-demand content and recorded presentations.

No. Only Ontario universities will participate in these events.

To receive information from the universities you are interested in, click the “I want to receive information from this university” button in each university showcase.

You can also select the universities you would like to receive information from on the Connect with Ontario’s Universities form and submit the form.

Go to the additional universities’ showcases that you would like to receive information from and click the “I want to receive information from this university” button.

You can also select the additional universities you would like to receive information from on the Connect with Ontario’s Universities form and re-submit the form.

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Virtual Information Sessions Registration and Attendance

No. However, we encourage you to register to get the most out of the event and to receive information from the universities and event reminders for the virtual Information Sessions.

No. The events are free.

Yes. Attending all 3 events will give you more opportunities to connect with the universities you are interested in.

We also encourage you to view the event website outside of live event hours to view university showcases and resources.

You can learn more about Ontario’s universities in several ways:

  • View the event website outside of live event hours to view university showcases and resources.
  • Ontario universities will travel across the province for the Regional Fairs, offering fair-style events that allow you to gather information about Ontario’s universities. Learn about programs, campus life and anything else that may help you decide which Ontario university to choose.
  • Select the universities you would like to receive information from on the Connect with Ontario’s Universities form.
  • Many Ontario universities continue to offer their own in-person and virtual events and tours, webinars, chats and more. To find upcoming university offerings, visit the Tours and Events section on the Ontario Universities’ Info (OUInfo) website.
  • OUInfo is a great resource to learn more about the Ontario universities you’re interested in. Find and compare Ontario university programs, and research residences, scholarships, admission requirements and more.

You are free to come and go as you please. Keep in mind that there will be six 30-minute sessions that will start on the hour and half hour. We encourage you to join the sessions promptly when they start so you can watch the full presentations.

Yes. Anyone is welcome to watch.

Yes. You can attend if you’re thinking about applying to an Ontario university, even if you’re not currently in Grade 12.

Yes, these events are open to anyone who is interested in attending an Ontario university.

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What Kind of Information is Available at the Virtual Information Sessions?

The virtual Information Sessions are geared toward high school students and therefore will primarily provide information about undergraduate programs.

Some universities may choose to also provide information about graduate and/or professional programs. University representatives will usually be able to answer general questions about graduate studies.

The virtual Information Sessions will provide information primarily about undergraduate programs, so they will be a useful resource for mature students who are interested in those programs.

The virtual Information Sessions will provide information primarily about undergraduate programs, so they will be a useful resource for gap year students who are interested in those programs.

Each university offers its own scholarships and awards. Ask university representatives at their sessions about the financial aid options offered at their university.

Yes.

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Technology and How to Connect to the Virtual Information Sessions

For the best experience, we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. You may also use a smartphone or tablet.

No. Your camera does not need to be on. As long as your camera is not on, you will not be visible.

The universities will choose their own platform, but will most likely use Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

On the day of the event(s) you wish to attend, or whenever you want to view the event outside of live hours, click the link you received in your email or register for a Virtual Pass if you haven’t already.

  1. Find the university presentation you want to attend.
  2. Select “Join Session” to open that university’s presentation.
  3. Join as many sessions as you like!

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Accessibility at the Virtual Information Sessions

If you are attending the virtual Information Sessions and have accessibility needs, email OUFs Admin.

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