Changes to university travel and events

McMaster is cancelling all discretionary events and encouraging all employees to avoid travelling outside of Canada.

These new measures, which are effective immediately, underscore the university’s commitment to operations that focus on students and learning as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

The situation is changing quickly, both globally and in Canada. Today’s announcement by the province that all publicly funded primary and secondary schools will be closed from March Break to April 5th reinforces the dynamic nature of the situation. The university is continuously monitoring the shifting landscape and responding according to the best available evidence.

Discretionary events

Those events that are not core to the university’s academic mission and operations will be cancelled until at least the end of April.

This includes:

  • University and student-organized events both on an off campus (fundraisers, intramurals, performances, etc.)
  • Events at McMaster that are booked and hosted by outside organizations (tournaments, conferences, public speakers, etc.)
  • Some of the events being cancelled include: March Break tours, March Break camps and public lectures and presentations that are not part of an academic program

At this time, classes and labs will continue as scheduled, and the university remains open. Any changes to the academic calendar will be communicated as the situation evolves.

Travel outside of Canada

The university had announced earlier in the week that it was ending all international travel for undergraduate and graduate students.

This latest directive on international travel extends beyond the student body and encourages all university employees to avoid any travel outside of Canada.

Those who are currently out of the country are asked to check Government of Canada travel advisories while they are away and to make sure that they follow all advice for self-isolation of self-monitoring upon their return to Canada.

An inclusive McMaster community

McMaster is a diverse community that deeply values inclusion and respect.  As the world manages the COVID-19 outbreak, it is important to remember that the virus is not connected to race but to geography. Fear and misinformation surrounding the transmission of COVID-19 can make people feel uncertain and vulnerable and lead to harmful prejudicial remarks or attitudes.

McMaster’s commitment to inclusion and respect is even more important at times such as this and we remind students and employees that the Equity and Inclusion Office ( is available to support any community members who may be experiencing harassment or discrimination.

Please go to our FAQ page for more information.