OCAD participates in Earth Hour 2008

Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 12:00am to 1:00am

OCAD will power down on Saturday, March 29, 2008, for one hour starting at 8 pm, as part of Earth Hour 2008.

Earth Hour originated as an event in Sydney, Australia last year, as businesses and households turned off their lights for one hour to send a powerful national and global message that it’s possible to take action on global warming.

This year Earth Hour has become a global opportunity to take a stand on the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, as millions of people unit to turn the tide on global warming. OCAD is proud to participate, and will do so by turning off all lights and powering down all non-essential equipment in order to make the most impact towards reducing energy consumption.

Earth Hour is an event everyone can participate in—at home, at work, at school—anywhere. Simply turn out the lights on Saturday, March 29, for an hour, at 8 pm. To learn more about how you can live a more sustainable lifestyle, or sign up for the challenge, visit the Earth Hour website.

Venue & Address: 
Main Campus 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Yellow Staircase Project Reception

yellow staircase
Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 9:30pm to 11:30pm

The Yellow Staircase Project, a student initiative with full administrative support, launched officially last September. To free the Yellow Staircase of its yellowness--and replace it annually with colourful paintings and murals--students were asked to submit proposals.

Now that the commissioned student works are complete, it's time to celebrate with the artists!

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP: ocadcampuslife@ocad.ca

Information: yellowstaircase@ocad.ca

Venue & Address: 
Room 187, Level 1 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario

Simulated Critical Incident Training Exercise at OCAD

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 4:00am to Friday, October 5, 2007 - 4:00am

The Ontario College of Art & Design Campus Security in collaboration with the University of Toronto will be hosting a simulated critical incident training exercise at 100 McCaul in Rooms 187,284 and 287.
Along with other Canadian Campus Police Services and the Toronto police this simulation will be as real as it gets from a training perspective. Toronto Police will have an Emergency Command Vehicle parked outside of OCAD on Friday, October 5, 2007 to assist with the last day of intense training.
This exercise will be only the second time that this type of training has been offered in Canada the first took place just last year at the University of Toronto campus.

Venue & Address: 
Ontario College of Art & Design Rooms 187,284 and 287100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario

O-DAYS! 2nd Annual Safety & Wellness Day

Safety and Wellness team 2015
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 2:00pm to 8:00pm

NEW and RETURNING students, faculty, staff and members of the OCAD U community are invited to come and meet the Safety & Security Services and the Health & Wellness teams and enjoy some awesome activities and prizes.

Highlights include:

  • Free barber shop haircuts by The Mad One Barber Shop
  • DJ playing music
  • Food Trucks with discounted menus
  • Free giveaways
  • Enter-to-win prizes
  • Free pizza, popcorn and ice cream


Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge (Room 187) and Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street


Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 1:00pm to Friday, September 2, 2016 - 7:00pm

COMPASS is a two-day orientation specifically for First Generation Students, that is, students whose parents did not attend university, or did not attend university in Canada. It is an opportunity to meet other students, faculty and upper year students and get a head start at OCAD University. We will be doing a mock critique, discussing time management strategies, learning more about your program and getting to know the campus. Lunch and snacks will be provided!

We recommend that you attend both days as each day has different activities. However, if you can only attend one day that is not a problem! If you would like to attend or have any questions Please email Savindi at sjinasena@ocadu.ca  in order to register to attend.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick St. or access via Grange Foodcourt, 113 McCaul St.
COMPASS poster

Print Shop Moving


Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 4:00am

The cast and crew of the upcoming series Kim's Convenience will be filming at OCAD University on Tuesday, July 19 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Most of the scenes take place in Butterfield Park and on McCaul St., with additional spaces reserved in the auditorium and Lambert Lounge. 

Campus Security will be on site at all times. You will be permitted to enter and exit the building throughout the filming period. 



O-DAYS! 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 1:00pm to Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 6:00pm

Each year in September, OCAD University welcomes over 1,000 first-year undergraduate students to the community with orientation.

Frosh? Puh-lease. OCAD U‬ does not do "frosh." We do O-DAYS! 

While O-DAYS! programming is informative — providing details about key resources on campus and helping you prepare academically — activities are also designed to be fun and inviting, helping build community and connection.

A number of department- and group-specific #ODAYS16 activities are planned the week of August 29, 2016, culminating in the Campus Life and OCAD University Student Union (OCADSU) collaborative BIG-O Day! on Tuesday, September 6, when nearly 1,000 new and first-year #OCADU2020 undergrads will descend upon campus to kick off the 2016/2017 academic year! 

New student? Visit www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/orientation/orientation-schedule.htm for activities and details... and watch your email for more!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street (MCA)
416 977 6000, Ext. 4021
O-DAYS! OCAD University orientation graphic

Sustainability Forum: On Campus and In Our Communities

Sustainability Forum 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

This event is sponsored by OCAD U’s Sustainability Committee and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives

OCAD U is hosting our first Sustainability Forum! Learn more about how our community weaves sustainability into its teaching, creative work, research and current practices. Add your perspectives to our campus dialogues on advancing sustainability.

The Sustainability Forum will feature:
A Sustainability pledge campaign: An installation using photos designed to create a dialogue of how we understand sustainability on campus

A seed paper making workshop led by grOCAD student group where participants will create seed paper using recycled materials. (Workshop Times: 10:30 am to 11.30 am & 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm)

Resources from OCAD U's Library focusing on sustainability and environmental issues (Pop-Up Library from 12.00 pm to 1.00 pm)

Highlights from the Sustainability Minor offered by Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Student posters that showcase art and design work across curriculum and in our community

Work being done throughout the university at an operational level to advance our collective commitment to sustainability

Yirego's demonstration of Drumi, a foot powered washing machine. Drumi is designed by OCAD U Alumni and won the James Dyson Award (2014), Sustainability Design Awards (2013) and many more.

Music by Naomi Dodds (from 10.30 am to 11.50 am)

Food (locally sourced) and Fair Trade Coffee

* Cups and plates provided at this event will be plastic free and made from recycled content. Attendees are welcome to bring their own cups and containers to further reduce the footprint of this event.

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby OCAD University 100 McCaul Accessible venue American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation provided

Update 100 McCaul St. - Classes resume as of 3 p.m.

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 4:00am

The gas leak in the parking lot has been resolved. 100 McCaul and the Sharp Centre will reopen at 1 p.m. and classes throughout all buildings of the campus will resume as of 3 p.m.