Health Care


Doctors in Québec do not normally make house calls. For medical attention, you need to go to a family medical clinic, a CLSC or a hospital.

A pharmacist can serve as a frontline medical resource in the event of minor symptoms like a cold, a sore throat, allergies and so on.

The CLSCs (Centres locaux de services communautaires) in every Montréal neighbourhood offer an array of healthcare services. A heavily used resource in Québec, these local community health centres will give you information on health services available in your area.

The Côte-des-Neiges CLSC takes walk-in patients (no appointment needed) in the mornings only.
CLSC Côte-des-Neiges
5700, chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges
(corner of Côte-Ste-Catherine)
Tel.: 514 731-8531

You are advised to go to a hospital or clinic only if you need urgent medical attention. For minor illnesses, your best bet is your local CLSC, since emergency room and clinic waiting times can be long.

However, in a real emergency, a hospital or clinic will attend to you immediately.

Note that taking an ambulance to the hospital entails a fee of approximately $100.
Check the opening hours before going.

Some clinics also offer a 24-hour health line.
At any time, dial 911 if faced with an emergency.

The Université de Montréal health clinic is a good alternative for Polytechnique students.
Service de santé de l’Université de Montréal
2101, boul. Édouard-Montpetit
(métro Édouard Montpetit)
Tel.: 514 343-6452

To see a specialist, you generally need a reference from a GP (general practitioner).

For dental care, the Université de Montréal Faculty of Dentistry is a good bet. Polytechnique’s student associations also offer optional dental insurance.

In order to obtain healthcare services, you need to present your medical insurance card. If you have a Québec healthcare card, medical services are generally free. If you are covered under Polytechnique’s student health insurance, you need to pay up front and then apply for reimbursement from the insurer.