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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the difference between the Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) held in Toronto and the University Information Program (UIP) that tours Ontario after the OUF? Will my local UIP provide the same information as the OUF?
  2. What is the admission cost for the OUF?
  3. Do I need to pre-register for the OUF?
  4. Is the OUF open to students outside of Ontario?
  5. Will there be information about graduate or professional studies (e.g., teacher’s education) at the OUF?
  6. Can I attend the OUF if I am not graduating secondary school this year?
  7. Is the OUF suitable for a student who decided to take a gap year? What about a mature student?
  8. Are there wheelchairs available at the event?
  9. Will there be a coat or bag check at the OUF? Are lockers available?
  10. Does the OUF happen more than once a year?
  11. Will the OUF have information about financial assistance?
  12. Will there be non-Ontario universities or colleges at the OUF?
  13. Do I have to stay for the full day or can I come and leave any time?
  14. Does the OUF allow media personnel to take photos/video? Can I distribute materials?
  15. Is the information offered in the presentations the same for each time slot and day of the OUF?
  16. Can I bring food to eat at the OUF, or will there be on-site food for attendees?
  17. I am an international student and want to attend the OUF, but I need an invitation from you to apply for a Visa. Can you send me an official invitation?

  1. What is the difference between the Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) held in Toronto and the University Information Program (UIP) that tours Ontario after the OUF? Will my local UIP provide the same information as the OUF?
    Ontario’s 21 universities are present at both the OUF and the UIP. The OUF takes place over three days in Toronto each fall. Each Ontario university has a booth where you can speak with representatives and gather information, as well as view scheduled presentations.The UIP travels across Ontario after the OUF with fair- or presentation-style events offered at select secondary schools throughout Ontario on specific days and times.You can gather the same information from each university at either the OUF or the UIP. Anyone is welcome to attend either the OUF or the UIP.

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  1. What is the admission cost for the OUF?
    There is no cost to attend the OUF.

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  1. Do I need to pre-register for the OUF?
    You do not need to register to attend the OUF but we strongly recommend that you register for an OUF Passport. The OUF Passport is a barcode that you take to the OUF on your phone or on paper, and scan at the university booths of your choice. It allows you to easily provide your contact details to the universities that you’re interested in, so they can send you more information. Anyone can register for an OUF Passport, including students, parents, and guidance counsellors.Save time and register in advance, so you can start looking at university booths as soon as you get to the Fair. OUF Passport registration will open in summer 2018.

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  1. Is the OUF open to students outside of Ontario?
    Yes, the OUF is open to everyone interested in attending an Ontario university.

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  1. Will there be information about graduate or professional studies (e.g., teacher’s education) at the OUF?
    The OUF is geared toward secondary school students and therefore primarily provides information about undergraduate programs.However, 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. For information on professional school information events, visit: www.ouac.on.ca/olsas/events-olsas. You can find additional information about some Ontario professional programs at: www.ouac.on.ca/applications.

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  1. Can I attend the OUF if I am not graduating secondary school this year?
    The OUF gives you an opportunity to speak with university representatives from across Ontario about programs, campus life, and anything else that may help you make a decision about which Ontario university to choose. Therefore, 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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  1. Is the OUF suitable for a student who decided to take a gap year? What about a mature student?
    While the OUF is designed for secondary school students, it provides information primarily about undergraduate programs, so it is also a useful resource for gap year and mature students who are interested in those programs.

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  1. Are there wheelchairs available at the event?
    Wheelchairs are available free-of-charge at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Contact the Guest Services desk at 416-585-8237 to make arrangements. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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  1. Will there be a coat or bag check at the OUF? Are lockers available?
    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.VIA Rail passengers have access to lockers through VIA Rail. 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.

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  1. Does the OUF happen more than once a year?
    The OUF is only held once each year around the same time in the fall. If you aren’t able to attend but still want to speak with representatives from Ontario’s universities, you can attend open houses and campus tours at your universities of interest and/or you can attend the UIP.

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  1. Will the OUF have information about financial assistance?
    The OUF does not have a specific scholarship booth, as each university offers its own scholarships and awards. Speak with university representatives directly about the financial assistance options offered at each school.

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  1. Will there be non-Ontario universities or colleges at the OUF?
    No. See the Exhibitors page to view the 21 Ontario universities that will be in attendance.

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  1. Do I have to stay for the full day or can I come and leave any time?
    You are free to come and go as you please throughout the OUF weekend. Keep in mind that the universities have presentations scheduled throughout the weekend, so while you may visit their booths at any time during OUF hours, consider planning your visit around the presentations you want to see.

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  1. Does the OUF allow media personnel to take photos/video? Can I distribute materials?
    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/video at the OUF without prior consent, you may be asked to leave the event.The OUF does not allow anyone other than registered exhibitors (universities and sponsors) 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.
    For media inquiries: ouf@ouac.on.ca.

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  1. Is the information offered in the presentations the same for each time slot and day of the OUF?
    Unless otherwise indicated by the presentation name, presentations are about general university/organization information and the same content is presented at each scheduled presentation.
    E.g., A presentation named “Bus., Ed., Law, Med. & Dent.” is about those specific programs; but a presentation named “Western” is about Western University as a whole (programs, campus life, residences, etc. – the content is up to the university).

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  1. Can I bring food to eat at the OUF, or will there be on-site food for attendees?
    There will be an on-site lounge with food for sale and a seating area where you can eat, as well as water fountains where water bottles can be re-filled. A café, convenience store and vending machines are all located within the MTCC and there are also 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.We don’t recommend bringing your own food as bags will be subject to security searches and will delay you at the entrance and may result in items being confiscated. Please see the Conditions of Admission and Participation for full details: www.ouf.ca/resources/conditions/.

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  1. I am an international student and want to attend the OUF, but I need an invitation from you to apply for a Visa. Can you send me an official invitation?
    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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