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Montreal is one of North America’s most dynamic and culturally rich cities — Canada’s second-largest — with a population of approximately 3.6 million people. Situated on an island in the Saint Lawrence River, it is Quebec's largest cultural and commercial centre, as well as Canada’s largest French-speaking city.

Concordia University enjoys a prominent position in Montreal's downtown core, where our growing Quartier Concordia contains a mix of heritage sites, new buildings and prominent public art.

At Concordia, you are just steps away from a diverse array of venues in the visual and performing arts. You are also not far from Montreal's famous museums and cultural institutions, like the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Place des Arts, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and much more.

And whether you're in the Plateau, Mile End, St-Henri, Centre-Sud, Downtown, or the famous St-Laurent strip, you will never run out of exciting new restaurants, cafés, and nightlife opportunities to explore.



Consult the local tourism agencies to find out more about Montreal and nearby Laval and the South Shore.



Montreal has a superb transit system, featuring subways and buses, which make it an easy place to live and work:


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Immigration Procedures for Non-NAFTA Citizens

New faculty members entering Canada from another country must obtain a Work Permit in advance of arrival.  To assist you during this process, Concordia University will request approval to hire a non-Canadian or non-Permanent Resident through Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC). At the same time, your dossier will be sent to Immigration Québec (Ministère d’Immigration et Communautés culturelles – MICC) for processing. The university will pay the $175 fee to both MICC and HRSDC. Once the request has been approved by both HRSDC and MICC, you will be required to pay the fee for the Work Permit as well as any other travel documents that may be required (see reimbursement details below). You should contact the Canadian consular authorities to verify whether you require more detailed documentation or if there are any other special requirements. You will then be issued a letter to be submitted to an immigration official at the Canadian port of entry who will provide you with the actual Work Permit.

The Faculty of Fine Arts will reimburse you to a maximum of $2,255 for the costs incurred by you (the faculty member) in applying for your initial work permit, the renewal of the work permit (one time only) and the dossier review and application for permanent residency.

If you are unsure whether an expense is eligible, please contact Shana Diamond, Financial Planner & Analyst for the Faculty of Fine Arts, at 514-848-2424 ext. 4629 or at

If you require assistance with these initial immigration proceedings, or information on applying for Permanent Residence status, please contact Lyse Jean-Baptiste in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs at 514-848-2424 ext. 3680 or at


Health Coverage

Once you arrive in Montreal, you should contact Concordia University's Human Resources to find out the procedures for applying for health insurance and a health insurance card.  It takes approximately three (3) months to obtain a health insurance card. In the interim, the Human Resources unit provides a bridging option.

The 2011 non-resident health with vision rates are the following:

  • Single -  $220.89/month
  • Family - $451.35/month 

For additional information, please contact Michelle Taylor, Benefits Specialist, at 514-848-2424 ext. 3689 or at



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