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Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montreal is one of Canada’s leading engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the largest engineering university in Québec for the size of its graduate student body and the scope of its research activities. With over 44,300 graduates, Polytechnique Montréal has educated nearly one-quarter of the current members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Polytechnique provides training in 15 engineering specialties, and has 255 professors and more than 8,000 students. It has an annual operating budget of over $200 million, including a research budget of over $70 million.

Polytechnique by the numbers

  • 8,200 students (26% women)
  • 2,265 graduate/post-graduate students
  • More than 120 programs
  • 1,400 diplomas awarded annually
  • 44,300 graduates since 1873
  • 255 professors
  • 1,400 employees
  • Annual budget of $210 million


  • $71-million annual budget
  • 18 Industrial Research Chairs (including 13 NSERC)
  • 25 Canada Research Chairs
  • 1 Canada Excellence Research Chair
  • 2,200 master’s and doctoral theses directed by Polytechnique professors over the last decade
  • More than 12,800 scientific and technical publications by Polytechnique professors and researchers over the last decade


Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Department of Computer Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Engineering Physics
  • Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering
  • Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering
  • Institute of Biomedical Engineering
  • Institute of Nuclear Engineering


The Polytechnique Montréal (a reference to the famous École polytechnique in Paris) was founded in 1873 in order to teach technical drawing and other useful arts. At first, it was set in a converted residence. It later moved to a larger building on Saint-Denis street. In 1958, it moved to its current location on the Université de Montréal campus. The original building was enlarged in 1975 and then in 1989. In 2002, the Computer and Electrical Engineering Department (they were later separated) began to occupy the 5th and 6th floor of the old École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal building. In 2003, the construction of three new buildings started.

Until the 1960s, the main purpose of the school was to train engineers. However, from 1959 on, the focus went to research. Nowadays, it is a leading research institution in applied sciences in Canada.

In 1977, a SLOWPOKE reactor, named SLOWPOKE-2, was installed at the École Polytechnique de Montréal. The non-power reactor operating licence was renewed and will be valid from July 1, 2013 until June 30, 2023. The reactor has been in operation for 36 years and is used for research, teaching, neutron generation and isotope production.

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