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MPP Orientation 2021

Please note that the orientation schedule and venues are subject to change. This page will be updated regularly.

On August 16, the MPP cohort will kick start the year with a two-week long orientation session. This is the perfect opportunity to meet your cohort and some of the teaching staff. 

The MPP Orientation period will contain lots of important information — about Montreal, about McGill University, and about the Max Bell MPP program. It will be full of workshops that will begin to build the skills you need to complete the MPP program successfully. These workshops will be very interactive, so be prepared to participate.

In preparation for the year and for this orientation, don't forget to carefully read your Summer Reading List.

Beyond the MPP Orientation, incoming students have many opportunities to familiarize themselves with the University and find answers to any question they might have. The Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E) organizes orientation activities designed specifically for first-year students. You can also consult guides and resources for success at McGill University. All students enrolled in Max Bell School's MPP have access to student resources available for graduate students.

Learn about on-campus COVID-19 protocols before the start of orientation

Working together to ensure a safe return to campus

Please note that this information is subject to change. Please use the links below to access the most up-to-date information. Max Bell Bell School's orientation sessions will not be held in our space on Sherbrooke. Use of this space for our MPP students will be communicated to you on August 30, 2021

As Quebec reopens, we at the Max Bell School are preparing for the gradual and safe resumption of on-campus activities. According to the protocols of McGill University, here’s what our students can expect upon their arrival on campus, how they should prepare, and what resources are available to them:

  1. Learn about Quebec’s reopening plan
  2. Inform yourself about how McGill currently enforces restrictions:
  3. Do you still need to get the vaccine? Access these resources to get your shots now. 
  4. Read the general FAQs about health and safety precautions
    • FAQs about health and safety for students
  5. Watch this series of videos about COVID-19 and the safety measures McGill is taking.

We will be continually adding information, resources and answers to your questions as the situation progresses. Check back frequently!

When to wear a procedural mask

Currently, procedural masks are required for anyone entering or circulating indoors in shared spaces at McGill, including but not limited to classrooms, Teaching and Study Hubs, shared offices, labs, hallways, elevators, and bathrooms. For Fall 2021, we will follow the government regulations in place, which have not yet been announced

The University will provide procedural masks to all students, faculty and staff coming to our campuses. Individuals who would prefer to bring their own procedural masks will be permitted to do so. If desired, procedural masks can be layered underneath a cloth mask (forming a “double mask”). However, a procedural mask should not be layered underneath a second procedural mask, or over or under an N95. Anyone not wearing a procedural mask upon arrival at a building will be required to put one on before entering.

How to wear a mask:

  • Ensure your mask fully covers your mouth and nose
  • Wash your hands before and after removing the mask or face covering.
  • Remove it by the ear straps and avoid touching the front.
  • Replace the mask or face covering if it becomes damp or soiled

When to stay home: screening questions

According to university guidelines, do not come to campus if you answer "yes" to any of the following questions:

  • Are you experiencing ANY of the following symptoms?
    • Fever (oral temperature 38.1°C (100.6°F) or higher)
    • Sudden loss of sense of smell (anosmia) without nasal congestion, with or without loss of taste
    • Recent cough or worsening of a chronic cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Trouble breathing
    • Sore throat
  • Are you experiencing at least TWO (2) of the following symptoms?
    • Stomach ache
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Major fatigue
    • Significant loss of appetite
    • Generalized muscle pain (not related to physical exertion)
    • Headaches
  • Have you been out of the country in the last 2 weeks? Travellers who have come to Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Have you been in contact with someone who has COVID-19?
    * This question does not apply if you have been in contact with a COVID-positive patient in your capacity as a healthcare worker wearing appropriate PPE.

Stay home and seek medical advice if you can’t tell whether you have COVID-19 symptoms or just a cold or flu. It is better to lose a few days of class or work than to cause others to fall sick.



Most Orientation activities will be taking place in room W120 of the Arts Building, located at the heart of campus:A map of McGill, with the Arts Building highlighted

Orientation Schedule

DAY ONE: Monday, August 16

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ARTS W120 Welcome and Program Expectations with Andrew Potter and Helen Aaron
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ARTS W120 Writing Workshop with Andrew Potter

DAY TWO: Tuesday, August 17

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ARTS W120 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at the Max Bell School with Pearl Eliadis and Jennifer Welsh
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ARTS W120 Canada 101 with Andrew Potter and Jennifer Welsh

DAY THREE: Wednesday, August 18

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ARTS W120 Careers in Public Policy #1 with Catherine Stace
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ARTS W120 Media, Technology, and Democracy: Digital Policy with Taylor Owen

DAY FOUR: Thursday, August 19

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ARTS W120 Primer on Accessing Library Resources with Sandy Hervieux and Michael David Miller
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ARTS W120 Student Wellness with Bianca Brunetti
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ARTS W120 Public Policy Association of Graduate Students - Ask Me Anything! with Andrew Potter

DAY FIVE: Friday, August 20

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ARTS W120 Careers in Public Policy #2 with Catherine Stace

DAY SIX: Monday, August 23

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ARTS W120 Microeconomics #1 with Chris Ragan
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ARTS W120 How to Do Research for Public Policy with Nicholas King

DAY SEVEN: Tuesday, August 24

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ARTS W120 Microeconomics #2 with Chris Ragan
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM ARTS W120

Social Activity: Scavenger Hunt with Chris Ragan, Katrine Claassens, and Adriana Goreta

Details of the Scavenger Hunt is TBD

DAY EIGHT: Wednesday, August 25

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ARTS W120 Microeconomics #2 with Chris Ragan

DAY NINE: Thursday, August 26

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM ARTS W120 What is the Public Interest? with Chris Ragan
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ARTS W120 Introduction to Law with Pearl Eliadis


An interactive introduction to the MPP program.


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