McGill University's New Vic Project moves to next level with support from Quebec government

Published: 22 March 2022

McGill University welcomes the Quebec government's renewed commitment to its New Vic project as part of the 2022-2023 budget documents.

This innovative project aims to convert part of the former Royal Victoria Hospital site into a learning, research and teaching hub focused on sustainable development and public policy. To do this, McGill will transform a portion of the site into a state-of-the-art space designed to support multidisciplinary teaching and research activities, while fostering collaborative research activities with government, private sector and academic partners.

"Thanks to the government's support, we are one step closer to our goal of giving a new academic vocation to an iconic site in the city that will benefit Montreal, Quebec and Canada," said Ram Panda, Chair of the Board of Governors of McGill University.

"I would like to thank Premier Legault and Ministers Lebel, Girard and McCann for their support of this visionary and structuring project," said Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University. "The McGill community is delighted with this substantial support, which allows this great collective project to continue.

In addition, following the public consultation process required for the project, many Montrealers and civil society groups have indicated their wish that the site remain in the public domain. In this regard, the Government of Quebec and McGill University intend to promote a form of ownership that will allow the University to occupy the site long-term while keeping its property in the public domain.

This project is subject to the Directive sur la gestion des projets majeurs d’infrastructure publique. To this end, the Dossier d’opportunité for the New Vic project was approved by the Quebec government on May 26, 2021. The Dossier d’affaires for the project is being drafted and will be submitted to the government in the coming months.

About McGill University

Founded in Montreal, Quebec, in 1821, McGill University is Canada’s top ranked medical doctoral university. McGill is consistently ranked as one of the top universities, both nationally and internationally. It is a world-renowned institution of higher learning with research activities spanning three campuses, 11 faculties, 13 professional schools, 300 programs of study and over 39,000 students, including more than 10,400 graduate students. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, its 12,000 international students making up 30% of the student body. Over half of McGill students claim a first language other than English, including approximately 20% of our students who say French is their mother tongue.

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