Principal’s message to the McGill community on Bill 62

October 24, 2017

Dear members of the McGill community:

On October 18th 2017, Bill n° 62, An Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality and, in particular, to provide a framework for requests for accommodations on religious grounds in certain bodies, passed into law.

McGill University adheres to the principles of religious neutrality and accommodation for religious differences. 

Based on the information we currently have, Bill 62 will not affect our existing policies and practices.  All members of the community – faculty, staff and students – should continue to carry out their functions and activities in the same manner as they did before the new Law.

Inclusion is a fundamental value of the McGill community.  As a public university in Quebec, McGill supports the broadest possible access to higher education and to employment at our institution.

The diversity of our community contributes to the richness of daily life on our campuses for both students and employees. McGill is committed to promoting a climate of inclusiveness and tolerance which will allow all our students, faculty and staff to flourish in their pursuits.


Professor Suzanne Fortier

Principal and Vice-Chancellor

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