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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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Aquatic Facility

In the aquatic facility, we conduct studies to determine the effects of contaminants and environmental stressors on freshwater fish and other aquatic organisms. We also breed and maintain cultures of two species of fish – Japanese medaka and Florida Flagfish, and we also occasionally house rainbow trout and larger bodied fish. At full capacity, this facility can hold  nearly 20 metric tonnes of water, and based upon the number and size of our various tanks, we can keep nearly 4500 fish in this flow-through facility. 

The Aquatic Facility is equipped with:

  • 12 1,500-L insulated fiberglass tanks
  • 100 70- to 100-L glass tanks
  • 64 10-L glass tanks
  • 2 environmental control rooms
  • 3 centralized dosing stations supply up to 96 individual glass aquaria for chemical or drug delivery
  • All tank positions can be filled with UV sterilized 12 °C – 25 °C flow-through fresh water and fresh air
  • Three rooms with individually controlled automated broad-spectrum lighting, which mimics photoperiod and daylight with a dusk and dawn shoulder period
  • All controls are automated and all lab equipment, controls, and lighting are supplied with automated emergency power diesel generators
  • The lighting system is additionally supported by a centralized uninterruptable power supply (UPS)
  • Pumps, water treatment, and air supply equipment is twinned and automatically monitored and controlled for status, hours run, and failure with remote notification and control capabilities.