External Relations

Government relations

The Office of Communications and External Relations leads McGill's relations with the provincial and federal governments, with the City of Montreal and other municipalities. We interact with government officials at all levels in order to further the university's goals and priorities. We serve as a resource to the senior administration and the university community and collaborate closely with colleagues across McGill to establish and enhance constructive partnerships with government. We strive to articulate McGill's challenges and needs and to highlight the University's achievements. We are also responsible for McGill's relations with many public sector institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Official briefs

  • Shaping a Future of Innovation Fuelled by Fundamental Research [PDF] - August 4, 2017
  • Attracting and Retaining International Students in Québec: Setting an Ambitious Target [PDF] - August 3, 2016
    In June 2016, Ms. Kathleen Weil, Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness, announced that the Quebec government would be launching a public consultation process on “Québec Immigration Planning for the 2017-2019 Period” in August 2016. McGill University prepared a briefing document to state its position on the importance of immigration in Quebec. The brief, “Attracting and Retaining International Students in Québec: Setting an Ambitious Target” was submitted to the “Committee on Citizen Relations Regarding Québec Immigration Planning” on August 3, 2016.
  • Mémoire de l'Université McGill, projet de loi #10 [PDF] - October 22, 2014
    In this brief, McGill University proposes amendments to Bill 10, which deals with the organization and governance of the health and social services network in Quebec. Although McGill recognizes the necessity of ensuring better integration of services to patients, the University asks that the law preserve the teaching and research mission of those institutions affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine. In addition, McGill expresses grave concerns with regard both to the reduced role of the university in the governance of these institutions and to the protection of the identity and particular mission of the institutions, in relation to the communities they serve.

  • The ban on the wearing of religious symboles: an unjustified measure that contradicts the image of Quebec as an open and welcoming society [PDF] - January 9, 2014
    In this brief on Bill 60 (aimed at establishing a charter on secular values), McGill University asserts its opposition to the restrictions on the wearing of religious symbols set out in the bill as such restrictions go against the university’s mission and its principles, infringe on its autonomy and harm Quebec’s reputation of openness and tolerance. At the same time, McGill reiterates that it is a secular institution and strictly neutral as concern both politics and religion.

  • Politique de financement des universités : Mémoire présenté par l'université McGill [PDF] - July 31, 2013
    This document outlines McGill’s recommendations for the improvement of Quebec's university funding policies. McGill advocates a simpler funding formula that would enable universities to be more transparent and less complex to administer.

Community relations

We seek to strengthen ties and facilitate harmonious and effective relations between McGill and our neighboring communities. We strive to deepen McGill's engagement in its communities by participation in constructive activities in partnership with citizens, community groups and local organizations. We provide information about the University's impact on the social life and economy of Montreal and the broader community.

Inter-institutional relations

We advance productive relationships and partnerships with our counterparts across the higher education network in Quebec and in the rest of Canada and provide input and analysis on issues and directions for McGill and the Quebec university system as a whole.