1. A look at the data

Diversity in Professorship - Mapped

How diverse are Montreal's university faculties?


A Story by Olivier Sylvestre

Here's a map of Montreal’s six largest higher learning institutions, along with their latest diversity data available as of January 31, 2018.


Hover your mouse over points to find your university. Click to reveal data.


Women, people who identify as women; Indigenous, First Nations (status or non‐status), Inuit, and Métis as well as Native Americans and Alaskan Natives in the USA; Ethnic minority, people whose mother tongue isn't English or French and who do not belong to a racialized group; Visible minority, racialized groups, including people identifying as Black or Asian; Persons with disabilities, people who struggle with one or multiple life-altering impairment.


We sent access to information (ATI) requests to all Montreal universities, asking for their latest diversity reports.

Some institutions track a wide range of data on identity, while other universities, like Concordia and UQAM, only track gender parity. You can download their responses below.


Concordia University

READ Concordia's ATI request response

Here is Concordia's response: "Based on the university's data, out of 353 professors, 148 teachers identify as women." That's 42 per cent women, 58 per cent men. The university does not track any race-based data.

McGill University

READ McGill's ATI Request response

McGill tracks more data on its staff than the other Montreal universities. According to its latest available data, 33 per cent of McGill professors identify as women, 13 per cent as visible minorities and 21 per cent as ethnic minorities.

Université du Québec à Montréal

READ UQAM's ATI request response

From the data we received, UQAM only tracks gender parity on its faculty. It provided gender data for individual departments.

Université de Montréal

READ UDEM's ATI request response

UdeM tracks diversity data across categories. However, its data shows the university still has a lot to do to increase representation on its staff. Visible and ethnic minorities account for 9 and 8 per cent, while persons with disabilities and Indigenous people account for one or less than one percent of UdeM's faculty.

Polytechnique Montréal

READ Polytechnique's ATI request response

Polytechnique is the least diverse of Montreal's universities. Only 13.33 per cent of the faculty identify as women and very few identify as Indigenous or as a person with a disability.

École de technologie supérieure

READ ÉTS's ATI request response

The École de technologie supérieure's faculty is the most diverse Montreal university in terms of visible and ethnic minorities, according to the data we received, representing 37.28 per cent of its faculty.

HEC Montréal

READ HEC's ATI request response

Of HEC's faculty, 32.2 per cent gender identify as women, 10.4 per cent as part of a visible minority, and 0.9 per cent lives with a disability. No professor identified as Indigenous. HEC does not track data on ethnic minorities.