Relocation Service


New tenure-track and tenured academic and librarian staff, and assistant professors (special category), who are appointed for a period of no less than three years and are moving at least 40 kilometres closer to McGill University to take up his/her position are eligible for this service. 


The Relocation Service helps cover certain relocation expenses for the new staff member and their immediate family (i.e., spouse/partner and dependent children) from their residence at the time of appointment to a new residence and the staff member’s McGill office. There are monetary and weight limitations to every move depending on city of origin. Please note this service does not include house-hunting trips.

The Administrator organizes the relocation services payable by the University. Lump sum payments in lieu of any of the services are not part of the relocation service.  The services are offered only once, at the time of appointment. They may be deferred up to a year, but cannot be split. For more information please contact relocation.apo [at]

Relocation costs paid under this service constitute a loan made by the University to the employee. This loan is paid off through 36 months of continuous service to the University. Should the staff member, for any reason, leave the University prior to the completion of 36 months' service, then the staff member agrees to reimburse the University the outstanding portion (x⁄36) of the final relocation costs.


Canadian citizens should allow at least 6-8 weeks to start and coordinate a move.

Foreign nationals or repatriated Canadians with a foreign spouse should anticipate an eight-month waiting period to start the relocation process. Foreign nationals should contact the immigration.apo [at] (immigration consultants) at the Academic Personnel Office for information on processing times for visas and work permits. Relocation may only start upon the University’s receipt of the approval from the Provincial and Federal Governments.

Disclaimer: It is understood that in providing financial assistance for moving expenses, the University does not assume any liability, nor will it be responsible for injury or loss which may arise during or as a result of the appointee moving to Montreal or vicinity.

Relocation Checklist

Please consult the checklist below to learn more about the steps to take as you arrive to and settle in Quebec.

PDF icon Relocation Checklist

Contact Information

+1 514-398-1339
relocation.apo [at]

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