A safe and complete return to Polytechnique this Autumn – what we all want!



(See the July 7, 2021 communiqué for clarification.)


  • An Autumn semester that’s oncampus without physical distancing is being planned.
  • This August, Québec santé publique will announce health and safety guidelines for the start of the academic year.
  • Montréal becomes a Yellow Zone on Monday, June 14, 2021.
  • Group work rooms (maximum six (6) people) are once again available via reservation as of this week.
  • On-campus educational activities are permitted; a mitigation plan must be submitted.

Greetings to all,

As announced by Minister of Higher Education Danielle McCann on May 31, 2021, university administrations must plan to resume on-campus educational activities without physical distancing beginning in August. We welcome this announcement.

Everyone to campus this autumn!

We’re already hard at work making this long-awaited return a reality. Our campus is finally coming back to life and we’re looking forward to the excitement of a new academic year!

The Autumn course schedule and course delivery methods will be communicated in about three weeks’ time - we thank you for your patience.

Maintenance of favourable conditions

We know that the past year of online learning and social isolation has not been easy for you and your peers, and we have every reason to hope for a “normal” return to teaching and learning this Autumn. Until then, let’s combine our efforts to ensure we can all reconnect with each other - on campus and without physical distancing.

Note that the Minister is asking us to prepare a contingency plan for all of our activities, which includes one-metre physical distancing in the event that the two-dose vaccination rate for 16-29-year-olds does not reach 75%, and if Québec’s health status is not deemed sufficiently stable.

In August, Québec santé publique intends to provide an accurate measure of the public vaccination rate, and will issue recommendations as to health and safety guidelines that will be in effect for the new academic year (including, for example, wearing surgical masks).

Yellow Zone: group meetings and health guidelines

As announced by the Government of Québec on June 8, 2021, Montréal is now an Orange Zone, and will move to become a Yellow Zone Monday, June 14, 2021. This will permit Polytechnique to open four (4) rooms for group meetings of up to six (6) people as of June 9, 2021. Meetings must be for academic activities, and reservations are mandatory on the library website.

On-campus educational activities are allowed in a Yellow Zone, and mitigation plans must be submitted to the Comité conseil et soutien. To determine the measures recommended per emergency alert level, determined by the Direction régionale de la santé publique and the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), please consult “Emergency protocol outlining actions to be taken according to health emergency level.”

At present, there is no change in on-campus health and safety guidelines, which include physical distancing, hand washing, surface disinfection, and the mandatory wearing of surgical masks (except when in the library using an individual study space).

A warm welcome – face to face

Polytechnique’s Service aux étudiants and student associations are already preparing in-person on-campus welcome activities for anyone in the student community who wishes to participate. You’ll be able to renew friendships or make new connections with colleagues to kick off the new academic year.

We look forward to seeing you again - or to meeting you for the first time! Between now and the start of the new academic year, we’ll all have a summer of transitions, hopefully including moving quickly into Green Zone status. Your health is our priority, and we continue to follow Québec santé publique recommendations. Closer to the start of the new academic year we’ll be in touch with you to let you know what health and safety guidelines are in effect on campus, based on public health recommendations at the time.

We’re eager to welcome you back to campus. Until then, have a great summer!


Philippe A. Tanguy, PhD, Eng.

François Bertrand, PhD, Eng.
Senior Vice-President and
Vice-President, Academic and Research


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