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To ensure the smooth functioning of on-campus activities, please follow the following instructions and guidelines for Polytechnique Montréal community members. These guidelines conform to the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur, and the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux requirements.

This document is updated regularly to reflect the evolution of government and public health authority requirements.

Last update: August 25, 2022


  • Any individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has a public health isolation notice related to COVID-19:
  • Consult details concerning the motivation of absences related to COVID-19:
    • for staff
      If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for results, or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must complete the Formulaire de déclaration attach any relevant information, and select the Envoyer le formulaire button. You will be compensated 100% for workdays you miss.
      The formulaire de déclaration is sent to Service des ressources humaines and is treated confidentially. You are under no obligation to transmit confidential medical information to your immediate supervisor.
    • for students – in French only (absence motivation form to be completed)
  • Cleaning recommendations for work surfaces, frequently touched equipment, and shared work surfaces is maintained.


  • Unvaccinated persons: 5 days of strict self-isolation. After 5 days, you may stop self-isolating if you take a rapid test and get a negative result. The maximum self-isolation period is 10 days.
  • Vaccinated persons (1 or more doses): 5 days of strict self-isolation. You don't need to take a rapid test to end your self-isolation period. After 5 days, you may stop self-isolating if your symptoms have improved and you've had at least 24 hours without a fever (without the use of medication). The maximum self-isolation period is 10 days.
  • Travellers returning from abroad: If you test positive for COVID-19, the federal government may require you to self-isolate for 10 days.
  • Close contacts of infected persons: Household members and sexual partners who are unvaccinated and have never had a confirmed  COVID-19 infection must self-isolate for 5 days.
  • Cases and close contacts who end their self-isolation period before Day 10:
    • Avoid contact with vulnerable individuals
    • Wear a mask for all social interactions (this rule does not apply to children ages 5 and under)
    • Keep 2 meters away from others whenever possible
    • Monitor for symptoms (if you are a close contact)
  • Post-infection immunity: 2 months

Find out more at: https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/self-isolation/when-do-i-need-to-self-isolate


  • Procedural masks are no longer required in post-secondary educational institutions. However, masks are an effective means of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and we encourage you to wear one. The university provides free masks at the entrance of several of our buildings.
  • Anyone who becomes infected with COVID-19 needs to wear a mask from Day 6 to Day 10 after the onset of symptoms, and anyone who is a household member or sexual partner of an infected person should wear a mask for 10 days after the person started having symptoms.


You can make an appointment now on the Clic santé portal. For more details.

PCR Testing: Polytechnique personnel is placed on the priority list for access to PCR testing. Please check with your testing centre to see if they offer this service before you go there, or make an appointment at a testing centre. You will need to present proof of employment at the Polytechnique at the time of your appointment.


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