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Return of Campus Events 2021-22

We are excited that events are returning to McMaster’s campus. This plan will be reviewed and revised as required in alignment with provincial guidelines and university policies.

For every event from large conferences to smaller group retreats, we offer a range of space including classrooms, breakout rooms, lecture theatres, and exhibit spaces.

NEW MAY 17, 2022: McMaster has developed new in-person meeting guidelines. Event and meeting requirements are reflected below.

Key Information

  • All events need to comply with McMaster COVID-19 requirements (passive screening, masking indoors, etc.)
  • Questions regarding what event measures need to be in place should be directed to EOHSS for risk management guidance. Conference & Event Services (CES) does not make decisions on event health & safety procedures.
  • McMaster will clarify/adjust gathering limits and event regulations based on provincial/local regulations and changing campus dynamics.

For more information about the venues at McMaster University, please get in touch.

Kindest regards,
The Conference & Event Services Team


As of May 17, 2022

Please note that masks must be worn at all indoor McMaster sites until June 1.

We welcome the following groups to book events on campus:

  • Faculty, Employee, and Welcome Week Student Leader Training
  • Medical/Health Care Related Training (i.e., First Aid, etc.)
  • Athletics & Recreation Varsity Athlete Training
  • Campus Filming Activities
  • Photography Permits
  • Orientation & Transitional Focused Events (Faculty of Health Sciences Only)
  • Recognized Campus Groups Events
  • Accredited External Organizations (in Faculty or Department controlled spaces)
  • Accredited External Organizations
  • Non-Accredited External Organizations (all university facilities)


  • Public lectures and presentations that are not part of an academic program
  • McMaster Recruitment Activities

Approval Requirements for Non-Student Groups:

  • Submission of completed EOHSS COVID SOP Template *
  • Submission of the External Organization Space Request Form (coming soon!) OR the Faculty/Department Space Request Form here with the aforementioned documents enclosed to the form. Requests without the above requirements will not be accepted. Please allow up to 10 business day turnaround for your request to be processed.

*Exception for Faculty of Health Sciences utilizing internal EOHSS consult.

Full space capacity for non-student events.Masks required at indoor sites


As of May 17, 2022

Please note that masks must be worn at all indoor McMaster sites until June 1.

Approval Process for Recognized Student Groups:

For Recognized Student Groups:

Masks required at indoor sites

User Group Definitions

Events/Activities which are complementary to the University’s academic mission and operations.  

This includes University and student-organized events both within university facilities and off campus, and events at McMaster that are booked and hosted by outside organizations (i.e., tournaments, conferences, public speakers, etc.). This does not include academic events but does include events which are educational in nature.  

Space access of groups will continue to be defined by those included in Policy on the USE of University Facilities for Non-Academic Purposes, as follows:

  • Recognized Campus Groups
    • Recognized Student Groups, Departments, Faculties, Institutes, Associations, Unions
  • Accredited External Organizations
    • Those non-profit organizations with direct relationship of an educational, cultural, professional, or social service nature
  • Non-Accredited External Organizations
    • All other organizations that pay a facility rental fee

Terms & Conditions

  • Pending changes to McMaster and/or Provincial regulations spaces to accommodate revised capacities will be subject to availability and will require a minimum 5 business days to process
  • Registrar-controlled academic spaces are now available to book until April 30, 2022.
  • Events with food & beverage should be hosted outside and/or in a manner which complies with university regulations related to indoor mask requirements.

Related Policies

  1. All visitors must follow McMaster’s COVID-19 Protocols. Please Visit Back to Mac for current information.

Venue Information

Enhance Your Event

We’ve included some additional items that may be of interest to you while organizing your event. If you have any questions regarding these features, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Les Prince Double Room with view of Football field

Stay Close to Everything View Our Group Booking Form

Hotel McMaster is Conference & Event Services hoteling operation. See what great accommodations await your guests when they stay in the heart of campus.

coffee duotone

Stay Satisfied View the Catering Menu

McMaster Catering Services is proud of its excellent service, exquisite cuisine, and professional staff who will do the utmost to please you and your guests in every way possible.

We will work with you to put together a perfect package, whether it is for a meeting, reception, small informal dinner or full service banquet.


Car with Spare Tire

Stay Ready Visit Parking & Security Services

Parking lots are conveniently located throughout campus and we are happy to arrange special parking packages and rates for your event.

David Braley Athletic Centre Exterior

Stay Active Visit McMaster Athletics & Recreation

Leisure activities provide the necessary break from any conference. Come out and enjoy our indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, as well as The Pulse, an active living facility with state-of-the-art equipment. If your group would like exclusive use of an area (for example, gymnasium, swimming pool, the outdoor track or playing fields), you can rent these facilities by the hour or by the day.

In addition to above, we can arrange for your group to try out Canada’s first Alpine Tower Challenge Course, located behind the Ivor Wynne Centre. Outdoor wilderness activities can also be arranged, just let us know and we’ll make it happen!

Night sky with many stars

Stay Amongst the Stars Visit W.J. McCallion Planetarium

McMaster is excited to offer a Planetarium where images of stars, planets, and constellations are projected on the inner surface of a dome. Our private shows are geared toward educating the audience about the earth and its relationship to the solar system and the rest of the universe. Shows are primarily facilitated by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster and occasionally by faculty.

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Stay Thoughtful Visit Our Campus Store

No visit to the McMaster campus is complete without a trip to the McMaster Campus Store! Here you will find unique gifts, McMaster souvenirs, and gifts for conference speakers.

Exterior of McMaster Museum of Art

Stay Passionate Visit McMaster Museum of Art

Explore the unique exhibits within McMaster’s own Museum of Art. The Museum serves as a cultural hub for the University campus and the region through dynamic and multi-disciplinary exhibitions and programs, scholarly interpretation and preservation of collections, and innovative practices in museology.

Women holding open a brochure across her face

Stay Polished Visit MPS

MPS Print Group provides published material from state-of-the-art facilities. Our capabilities run the gamut from electronic desktop printing, copy duplicating, offset printing and full bindery services. MPS Design Group provides graphic design, copywriting, illustration and new media design services for a wide range of print and electronic needs.


Exterior of McMaster's Nuclear Reactor Building

Stay Curious Visit McMaster Nuclear Reactor

McMaster Nuclear Reactor offers complimentary tours of the nuclear reactor facility. Each tour is conducted by a trained guide or MNR staff member and is approximately 30 minutes in duration.

Image of McMaster Biology Department Greenhouse Cacti

Stay with Nature Visit the Biology Greenhouse

The McMaster Biology Department Greenhouse is an expansive space located centrally on main campus. Spanning 780 square metres, the greenhouse is a facility dedicated to research and training purposes.

Visit to feel inspired and discover everything the collection of live plant species have to offer. Plant selections are exceedingly diverse and constantly changing or expanding. Drop by for activities, events, tours, and more.