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Lakehead University

Lakehead University

General Information

Lakehead University is located in Thunder Bay and Orillia in Ontario, and provides educational opportunities to over 7 900 students. Lakehead University has 10 faculties and schools, each with their own academic programs and departments:

  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Faculty of Health and Behavioral Sciences
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • Faculty of Natural Resource Management
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies
  • Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

The addresses for Lakehead University are:

Thunder Bay: 
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5E1
(807) 343-8110

Orillia:
500 University Avenue
Orillia, Ontario L3V 0B9
(705) 330-4008

www.lakeheadu.ca

Disability Services Available

Office for Students with Disabilities

At Lakehead University, the centre providing services to students with disabilities and medical conditions is called Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Student Accessibility Services is the primary place to find out about all of your disability related needs.

Transition Programs

Lakehead University offers a transition program at both campuses for students with disabilities called Transition Program for High School Students with Disabilities.  Lakehead also has a transition planner to help students prepare for university. 

Accessibility Plan

For more information about accessibility at Lakehead University, and their current initiatives to address issues of accessibility, please see Lakehead University’s Accessibility Plan.

Documentation Required

In order to access accommodations at Lakehead University, the following documentation is required to show proof of a disability:

For Learning Disabilities and ADHD

  • A current psycho-educational assessment completed by a registered psychologist (the SAS can assist students in obtaining up-to-date documentation)
  • IEP and IPRC documents

For Physical or Medical Disabilities, and Mental Health Conditions

  • Documentation must be completed by a recognized health professional
  • The SAS can provide students with a Request for Disability Documentation to be filled out by their professional health practitioner
  • For students with hearing disabilities, documentation should include an audiologist's report and use of assistive devices
  • For students with vision disabilities, documentation should include visual acuity testing and visual field limitations

 

To learn about the specific documentation requirements for Lakehead University, please contact Lakehead University Student Accessibility Services directly.

Support Services Available

Health Services

The Medical and Health team at Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay campus provide student-centred health care through their teams of physicians and health professionals. The Health and Wellness team at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus provides various services including naturopathy and personal counselling.
 

Counselling Services

Counselling Services at Lakehead University offers counselling for any student who may be experiencing stressful events in their life.

Orientation Programs

Lakehead University offers Orientation Programs at both campuses to help students transitioning from high-school directly to university.

Academic Support

The Writing Assistance Centre at Lakehead University offers writing and editing support to students of all levels in all programs. Lakehead University offers Peer Tutoring & Peer Assisted Learning to students who are having academic difficulties.


Library Services

The Lakehead University Library offers services for students such as borrowing services, interlibrary loans, research consultants, and reference and information services at their Thunder Bay and Orillia locations. Both libraries provide assistance for persons with disabilities in accessing library services.

Other Support Services

Financial Aid

Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards

Lakehead University’s Scholarships, Awards & Loans offers a range of financial assistance which consists of merit-based scholarships, need-based bursaries, and awards based on academic achievement. Information regarding Lakehead University's financial aid is available on their website, as well as complete lists of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and contact information.

Residence and Housing

On-Campus Housing

Lakehead University’s Residence and Housing Office offers on-campus housing at both campuses. The Orillia campus offers traditional style accommodation for 271 students in environmentally sustainable buildings. All rooms are private and share a bathroom with one other student. Residence operates on a first-come, first-served basis. The Thunder Bay campus offers three styles of residence: traditional residence style, apartment style, and townhouse style. Traditional residence halls feature double and single bedrooms with communal washrooms. Townhouse style accommodations, which are reserved for upper year students, feature units with 4 private bathrooms, shared washrooms and a shared kitchen. Apartment style residence offers multiple bedrooms, a shared washroom, shared kitchenette and shared living spaces. Building amenities for both campuses include:

  • Common lounges
  • Common study rooms
  • Full kitchen on each floor
  • Access to a 24/7 front desk
  • Maintenance
  • Laundry facilities

All rooms include internet access, local telephone service, and cable television access. Residence rates vary and include a mandatory meal plan for students at the Orillia campus. Meal plans operate on a declining balance system. For students at the Thunder Bay campus, meal plans are included in the residence fees and operate on a set number of meals per week and a declining “flex dollar” system.

Barrier-free rooms are available for students requiring special accommodations while in residence. Students have the opportunity to list any special requirements on the online residence application. For more information, contact the Residence Office on campus.

Off-Campus Housing

Lakehead University offers an accommodation listing service through its Off-Campus Housing, where landlords can advertise rental properties available.

Getting Around

Campus Accessibility

Lakehead offers campus maps at both of its campuses: Thunder Bay Campus Map and Orillia Campus Map.

Thunder Bay Transit

Thunder Bay Transit is comprised of buses. Full-time students at Lakehead University receive a Universal Bus Pass (U-Pass), which provides unlimited access to Thunder Bay Transit, included in their tuition. Maps and schedules are provided for every transit route that Thunder Bay Transit provides.

Accessibility

Thunder Bay Transit offers accessible transit with features such as low floors, kneeling capabilities, priority seating, and automated call stop announcements. Thunder Bay Transit offers a Support Person Pass, which allows users of the transit system who require a support person to have this person travel with them at no additional cost.

Thunder Bay Transit offers Lift+ which is a door-to-door specialized transit system, designed for persons with disabilities who are unable to use the conventional transit system. More information about Lift+ and the eligibility guidelines and application is provided on their website.

Orillia Transit

Orillia Transit is comprised of buses. Regular price fares are available for students. Route maps and schedules are available for Orillia Transit buses.

Accessibility

The Orillia Wheelchair Limousine Service (O.W.L.S.) is a door-to-door service for persons who require wheelchair accessible transit services. If a person requires a personal care or assistant to ride with them, they are asked to arrange their own support person, who will travel free of charge. To learn more about what O.W.L.S. offers and the eligibility guidelines and application, visit their site directly. More information about O.W.L.S. and the eligibility guidelines and application is available on their website.

Academic Programs

Lakehead University offers a wide range of Programs in their 9 faculties and schools. Information about the academic programs and educational opportunities is available on their website.

Contact Information

Thunder Bay Campus

Student Accessibility Services
(807) 343-8047
sas@lakeheadu.ca
Located in Student Centre Room SC0003

Student Health and Counselling Centre
(807) 343-8361
Located in the Prettie Residence building

The Writing Assistance Centre
(807) 343-8859
Located in the Chancellor Paterson Library Room 2004

Library Services
(807) 343-8225
circdesk@lakeheadu.ca

Scholarships, Awards & Loans 
1 (807) 343-8152
cellis@lakeheadu.ca 
Located in room UC2054

Residence and Housing Office
(807) 343-8512


Orillia Campus

Student Accessibility Services
(703) 330-4008 ext 2103
oraccess@lakeheadu.ca
Located in Simcoe Hall, Room OA1030

Health & Wellness Centre
(705) 330-4008 ext 2115
orluwell@lakeheadu.ca
Located in Room OR1015

Library Services
(705) 330-4008 ext 2250
orlib@lakeheadu.ca

Scholarships, Awards & Loans 
(807) 343-8206
jbean2@lakeheadu.ca 
Located in Room OA3005

Residence and Housing Office
1 (705) 330-4008

Checklist

Use this checklist to create an overview of the services available at Lakehead University, and to determine if the services meet your needs.