Skip to main content
COVID-19 information and screening Learn how we’re keeping our campus community safe, healthy and engaged during our gradual return to campus.
Note: The university’s mandatory vaccine directive is now in effect. Learn more about vaccine requirements.
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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Evidence-based practice guidelines for traffic injuries in Ontario

Professor Côté was the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management Collaboration (OPTIMa), a project that developed evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the management of common traffic injuries. Côté received a $2.8 million peer-reviewed grant from the Ontario Government for this work. To meet the project’s goal, Côté convened a panel of local, national and international experts; led more than 40 systematic reviews; and guided the development of evidence-based recommendations. Côté’s report, entitled Enabling Recovery from Common Traffic Injures: A Focus on the Injured Person, was submitted to the Ontario Minister of Finance to guide reforms of the Ontario automobile insurance system. Côté’s report was influential in informing the study led by David Marshall who was appointed as a Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance to review and make recommendations to improve the system of auto insurance in Ontario. This research involved two trainees supervised by Côté: Maja Stupar (postdoctoral fellow, Ontario Tech University) who developed a clinical prediction rule for the recovery of whiplash; and Rachel Goldgrub (MHSc, Ontario Tech University) who conducted her thesis on the rehabilitation of shoulder injuries. More than 30 papers resulted from this research and were published in leading journals (Spine Journal, Physical Therapy, JOSPT, Clinical Journal of Pain, Manual Therapy, European Journal of Pain and European Spine Journal) and presented at international meetings in Australia, France, Germany, Sweden and the USA.