About Polytechnique Montreal

About Polytechnique

Polytechnique is more than an educational establishment - it is the benchmark in engineering, with high-quality teaching and research activities that continually push the limits of knowledge.

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Polytechnique at a Glance


Respectful of the principles of sustainable development and attuned to the needs of society, Polytechnique Montréal, in accordance with its values:

  • educates engineers and top-level scientists to meet the challenges of an evolving world and make them key agents of change;
  • conducts research that addresses major societal issues; and
  • influences its environment intellectually, economically and socially.


Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is a technological university, and one of Canada’s largest engineering teaching and research institutions. It ranks first in Québec in terms of the scope of its research activities.

Polytechnique offers courses and programs in numerous engineering specialties, in which fields the institution accounts for the production of nearly one-quarter of university research in Québec. The university also conducts some of Canada’s most intensive research activities through its approximately 60 research units and faculty comprising world-renowned experts.

Polytechnique Montréal is a world-class science and technology centre. The university has agreements with more than 200 institutions across the globe, and international students account for more than one-quarter of Polytechnique’s student body. Polytechnique’s Lassonde buildings have become a benchmark in sustainable construction, as the first Canadian university buildings to be awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold international certification.


  • Over 9,000 students (28% women - consult the Website Women and Engineering for more statistics)
  • 2,289 graduate students
  • More than 120 programs
  • 1,804 diplomas awarded in 2019-2020
  • 52,800 graduates since 1873
  • 284 professors
  • 1,592 employees
  • Annual budget of $260 million
  • 26,3% international students


  • $95-million annual budget
  • 23 Industrial Research Chairs (including 11 NSERC Chairs)
  • 24 Canada Research Chairs
  • 1 Canada Excellence Research Chair
  • 105 concrete improvements to existing technologies
  • 72 Patents held
  • 29 Active spinoff companies


Fiche d'information Polytechnique MontréalDownload the information sheet
English Version 
French Version (.pdf)

February 2021

Strategic Plan

Plan stratégique 2018-2013Poly 2023: Let's Create the Future
A plan that is oriented to three major directions and additional development drivers that seek to affirm Polytechnique's status and the goals that it will achieve over the upcoming five years. Each of the directions encompassses four major objectives and developmental axes, translated into concrete acts that flow from the implementation of the Strategic Plan. 

Consult the (.pdf)

Institutional Statistics

Polytechnique Montréal provides its community with select institutional statistics.

Consult the 2015-2016 Report - Données institutionnelles et vie étudiante* (.pdf)
*In French only

Jean Choquette
Directeur à la planification stratégique

For all requests related to institutional data
Julie Jia Zhou
Bureau des données institutionnelles
514-340-4711 extension 3127   
Pavillion Principal, C.521.4

Updated - June 2019

Budget and Financial Governance

As of 2016 Polytechnique Montréal has committed to a transparent and accessible budgetary process known as a Structurally Balanced Budget (SBB), as per criteria set by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Implementation of an improved bugetization process and its alignment with the Polytechnique's Strategic Plan began in autumn 2015. We were granted GFOA certification in 2017. 

Consult the document for 2017-2018 (.pdf)
Consult the document for 2016-2017 (.pdf)

*In French only 

Financial Governance

Committee on Culture and Education


Document Bilan et perspectives
1er octobre 2019 (.pdf)
*In French only 

Document Bilan et perspectives - December 7, 2014 (.pdf)
Présentation du DG lors de l'audition - August 19, 2015 (.pdf)
Vidéo de l'audition - Hôtel du parlement - August 19, 2015 at 16h30 (.mp4)


Document Bilan et perspectives - May 21, 2010 (.pdf)
Présentation du DG lors de l'audition - August 19, 2010 (.pdf)

*In French only 

Sommet sur l'enseignement supérieur

Chantiers de travail :

  • Mémoire déposé pour le chantier sur une loi-cadre des universités - avril 2013 (.pdf)
  • Mémoire déposé pour le chantier sur un Conseil national des universités - mai 2013 (.pdf)
  • Mémoire déposé pour la 1ère consultation du chantier sur la politique de financement des universités - juillet 2013 (.pdf)
  • Lettre déposée pour la 2e consultation du chantier sur la politique de financement des universités - février 2014 (.pdf)
  • Rapport Tremblay-Roy (d'étape) sur la politique de financement des universités - décembre 2013 (.pdf)
  • Rapport Tremblay-Roy (FINAL) sur la politique de financement des universités - juin 2014 - rendu public déc. 2014 (.pdf)

*In French only