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OCAD University

Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U)

General Information

The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD University) is located in Toronto, Ontario, and provides educational opportunities to 1 000 part-time, and 3 300 full-time students. OCAD University has 7 faculties, each with their own academic programs and departments:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Design
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Faculty of Futures Initiative
  • Faculty of Aboriginal Visual Culture
  • Faculty of Interdisciplinary
  • Faculty of Alternate Studies

The address for OCAD University is:

OCAD University:
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1
(416) 977-6000

www.ocadu.ca

Disability Services Available

Office for Students with Disabilities

At OCAD University, the centre providing services to students with disabilities is called the Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD). The Centre for Students with Disabilities is the primary place to find out about all of your disability related needs.

Accessibility Plan

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

Documentation Required

Students must provide documentation of their disability.  The CSD will assist students in obtaining appropriate documentation and providing interim accommodations to students that do not already have adequate documentation. 

For more information about required documentation or how to obtain proof of your disability, contact the OCAD Centre for Students with Disabilities directly.

Support Services Available

Health Services

At OCAD University, the Health & Wellness Centre offers a team of health care professionals who provide medical services to students.

Counselling Services

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

Peer Mentoring

The Peer Mentors at OCAD University is designed for first year students who would like to receive mentorship from upper year students.

Academic Support

The Writing & Learning Centre at OCAD University offers a variety of programs to help students with their academic writing.  They also offer one-on-one Tutoring that is tailored specifically to students’ needs.

Library Services

The Dorothy H. Hoover Library at OCAD University offers various resources for students including databases, journals, e-books, and e-videos. The library also provides services for students such as the Learning Zone, an alternative work area where students can collaborate with other students and faculty, and Visual Resources, where students can access a wide variety of digital, video, and audio materials. The Dorothy H. Hoover Library also provides accessible materials, resources, and facilities to students with disabilities.

Other Support Services

Financial Aid

Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards

OCAD University’s Financial Matters office offers a range of  financial assistance which consists of merit-based scholarships, need-based bursaries, and awards based on academic achievement. Information regarding OCAD 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

OCAD University does not offer any on-campus residence services. 

Off-Campus Housing

OCAD’s Housing Office offers services to assist students in finding housing options. A housing fair is held annually to help inform students about off-campus housing, and students are also given the option of accessing listings from the University of Toronto Housing Service for a small fee. More information can be found at: Places4Students or through the University of Toronto Student Housing Service.

Getting Around

Toronto Transit

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is comprised of subways, buses, and streetcars. A discounted Post-Secondary Student Monthly Metro Pass is available for purchase for full-time students at OCAD University. Schedules and maps are provided for each of the TTC transit options.

Accessibility
The TTC offers accessible services on both their buses and subways. Accessible services on buses include kneeling features, ramps, lifts, automated next stop announcements, wheel chair and scooter positions, and priority seating. The subways provide accessible services such as wheel chair positions and priority seating. There are elevators at half of the subway stations, with the goal of the remaining stations to be accessible by 2025.

The TTC offers the Support Person Assistance Card which allows users of the transit system who require a support person to have this person travel with them at no additional cost. Persons interested in the support program must fill out the application form.

Wheel-Trans is a service that provides door-to-door accessible transit service for persons with physical disabilities. The TTC has established eligibility guidelines for the use of Wheel-Trans. Persons seeking to use Wheel-Trans must participate in an in-person interview. 

Academic Programs

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

Contact Information

Centre for Students with Disabilities
(416) 977-6000 ext 339
csd@ocadu.ca
Located in Room 316

Health & Wellness Centre
(416) 977-6000 ext 260
hwc@ocadu.ca
Located at 51 McCaul Street, 2nd Level

Peer Mentoring
(416) 977-6000 ext 275
bjames@ocadu.ca

The Writing & Learning Centre
(416) 977-6000 ext 229
wlc@ocadu.ca
Located at 113 McCaul Street, Room 150

Dorothy H. Hoover Library
(416) 977-6000 ext 334 

Financial Matters
(416) 977-6000 ext 250
FinancialA@ocadu.ca
Located at 51 McCaul St, Level 1

Checklist

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