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Why Quebec needs McGill | An immediate economic impact
More spots for Quebecers | McGill makes a difference


Why Quebec needs McGill

McGill is a proud Quebec institution with nearly 200 years of history in Montreal, and deep ties to both the past and the future of Quebec.

We’re also unique in Quebec—and in Canada—as we’re the only Canadian university to be ranked among the world’s top 25 universities for each of the last six years.1 This reputation for excellence boosts Quebec’s profile across the country and around the world, and has helped put Montreal on the map as a global destination for education and research.

What’s more, we draw top students and staff from some 150 countries—many of whom choose to remain in Quebec, pay taxes here and contribute to our economy. We also place our vast network of global connections at the service of Quebec’s government.

An immediate economic impact

According to a study by the SECOR Group, McGill had a $5.2 billion dollar impact in 2008 on Quebec’s economy alone. In the same year, the government of Quebec invested $389 million in McGill. That’s a huge and immediate return on investment. 

McGill has so many international students—why not give more spots to Quebecers, so our taxpayers benefit more from the universities they fund?

Quebecers certainly benefit most from our universities. Their tuition rates are far less expensive than those of international students, and they benefit from a far wider range of student aid options.

But to stay competitive on the world stage, Quebec must look past its borders and continue to attract the best and brightest students available. About one-third of international students decide to settle here and join Quebec’s work force—as bilingual citizens, as taxpayers and as highly educated, in-demand members of our increasingly innovation-driven economy. What’s more, having spent several years in Quebec, they’re already familiar Quebec’s culture and way of life.

For example, Aldo Bensadoun came to McGill from Morocco and developed the Aldo shoe company into a major, Montreal-based, multinational corporation. The Aldo Group now employs more than 15,000 people, including 4,000 right here in Quebec.

And even before they graduate, students from outside Quebec contribute to the economy—some $313 million per year from McGill students alone. 

As well, by studying, working and living with students from other countries and cultures, Quebec students expand their cultural horizons. This comfort level with different cultures and languages gives our homegrown graduates a huge advantage as they enter a globalized job market.

A few of the ways McGill makes a difference

McGill impacts Quebec in too many ways to count.  Here are a few of them:

  • McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and its partners are working hard to address the shortage of health professionals in Quebec.  More than 90% of students admitted to McGill's medical program are from Quebec, and 75% of McGill medical residents stay in Quebec after they graduate.
  • McGill’s extensive network of affiliated museums enrich the minds of hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Our Schulich School of Music puts on more than 700 public performances every year.
  • Our Department of French Language and Literature, whose programs are conducted entirely in French, has produced many of Quebec’s most celebrated novelists and essayists, including François Ricard, Yvan Lamond and Yvon Rivard.
  • For more than 35 years, the McGill Domestic Violence Clinic has been helping victims and fighting abuse.
  • Through our Legal Information Clinic, McGill Law students provide free legal information, referrals and community services to the Montreal community.
  • McGill fosters the 245-hectare Morgan Arboretum, a public treasure open to all, and works to coordinate numerous greening projects through the City of Montreal’s Éco-Quartier program—projects like the clean-up of the Milton-Parc area and the design of the Tournesol composters now installed in Jeanne-Mance park.
  • Our Faculty of Education works with local schools, organizations and other McGill units to promote literacy and fight Quebec's sky-high drop-out rate.
  • For 14 years, the McGill Mobile Dental Clinic has provided free basic dental care to those in need. In 2011, we joined forces with the Welcome Hall Mission to add a permanent clinic to the program, and by September 2012 it had already served nearly 800 patients.
  • Every year McGill’s Edible Campus project produces hundreds of kilograms of fresh vegetables, almost all of which go directly to Santropol Roulant to be delivered to needy Montrealers.
  • Extensive outreach projects foster greater participation in higher education among aboriginal and disadvantaged groups.
  • Our science outreach works to get primary and secondary school students interested in scientific careers.
  • We provide tertiary health care to 1.8 million Quebecers across 63% of Quebec’s territory, as part of the Réseau universitaire integré de santé.
  • McGill partners with a wide range of Quebec companies, boosting innovation and bolstering Quebec’s economy.
  • Our employees also get involved in their communities. The University’s 2011 Centraide campaign exceeded its expectations and raised a record $409,500 for charities across Quebec.

1. Source: QS World University Rankings