Dear members of the McGill community,

Students and staff are arriving on campus for the start of the Fall semester. We fully expect that each and every member of the McGill community will get fully vaccinated as soon as possible, unless your doctor has advised you not to or your religion does not allow it. Getting vaccinated is the best way to fight the spread of COVID-19. You have a responsibility to keep others safe.

As of August 5, the Ministry of Higher Education reported that 86.6% of university students living in Quebec had received one dose and 68.5% had received two doses. Public Health officials indicated that 79.4% of international students who arrived at the welcome booth at the Trudeau airport were already fully vaccinated, and another 13.5% used the welcome booth to make an appointment for their first or second dose. We continue to explore additional means of increasing vaccination rates, so that the McGill community reaches the goal of full vaccination.   

If you have concerns about the vaccine, please visit our Undecided about getting vaccinated? page.

Vaccine passports and McGill

  • At McGill, we will be making full use of the passport to exclude people who are unvaccinated from any and all activities to which the passport applies. We are still awaiting confirmation of details from the Government of Quebec and will update you when we receive more information.
  • People vaccinated outside of Quebec will need to register their vaccinations to receive a passport.
  • To ensure you get the most of your McGill experience, please get vaccinated or register your vaccinations.

Vaccination clinic on campus – September 3

  • To help make COVID vaccinations more accessible to our community, McGill will be hosting a walk-in vaccination clinic on campus:
    Friday, September 3, 2021
    Redpath Hall, McGill Downtown Campus
  • You will be able to receive a first or second dose of an approved vaccine, or register vaccines received outside of Quebec. Please bring identification and your RAMQ card or health information from outside of Quebec. No prior registration is required. More information is available here.

Watch the August 19 Return to Campus Town Hall

Update to the Macdonald shuttle bus

  • As a reminder, the shuttle bus service’s primary purpose is to transport full-time students taking courses on both of McGill’s campuses – and NOT as a commuter service. Current government regulations limit the number of passengers to 50% of seated capacity. We have added additional buses but expect the demand to outweigh supply.
  • We kindly ask those who were planning on using the service to commute, rather than for the purposes of taking courses, to consider alternate transportation options.

Revised framework for travel and activities outside of Montreal

  • The revised framework and process for students, faculty, and staff to request exemptions to McGill’s current travel ban is now available here.

If you haven’t already, please take the time to review our updated Coronavirus site and ensure that you can help to keep our community healthy and safe.

Stay safe, get vaccinated, and see you on campus very soon.


Fabrice Labeau

Deputy Provost (Student Life & Learning)