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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.

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Approval of policy instruments

The Policy Framework establishes the approval process for all university policy instruments.

Once the consultation, drafting and mandatory consultation steps for a policy instrument are complete, there are two steps involved in the approval process for a policy instrument:

  • Deliberation
  • Approval


The Deliberative Body is the university body or committee that is tasked with reviewing, discussing and considering a policy instrument prior to its approval.  The Deliberative Body is responsible for making recommendations to the Approval Authority regarding the approval of the policy instrument.


The Approval Authority is the university body or position that has the authority to approve, amend, review or revoke a policy instrument, in accordance with the Policy Framework.

Deliberative Bodies and Approval Authorities

A Deliberative Body and Approval Authority is assigned for each category of policy instrument and for each type of policy instrument within a category. The guide to approval path and mandatory consultation steps lays out the deliberative body and approval authority for each category and type of policy instrument.

See the deliberative bodies and approval authorities.