Since it’s inauguration on September 8th, 1970, Vanier has served the local aspiring professionals and academics for over 49 years.
Vanier college adopted its name from Georges P. Vanier (23 April 1888 – 5 March 1967), who was a soldier and one of the two Governor Generals of Canada with Canadian roots: He was born in Montreal, QC. In the 99’ issue of Maclean’s, he was voted first place on the list of “100 Most Influential Canadians of All Time”.
In addition, the Vanier campus consists of several buildings that used to belong to the Soeurs de Sainte-Croix, who operated the convent Notre-Dame-des-Anges. They also merged the former privately owned all-women’s college, Basile Moreau. All these establishments have since been renovated, yet they still retain their historical charm that makes Vanier so unique. Moreover, new buildings have since been added, such the Sports Complex.
Vanier is also one of the only Montreal college’s to have a community garden on campus. The harvest is distributed to students and Jake’s Cafe at the end of the season. Furthermore, Vanier has a newly built Learning Commons space, which consists of the library, the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM Centre) and the Tutoring & Academic Success Centre (TASC). The library features titles from all academic disciplines. It also offers a quiet place to study, vinyl listenings, printing services and laptop rentals. The STEM Centre is a study space for math and science students. It is also home of the robotics room, where all the magic happens behind the scenes. Lastly, the TASC centre offers both a study space, peer tutoring and staff who are here to help any student with their assignments.
Vanier College offers 28 day student programs, of which half are 3 year career programs and half are 2-3 year pre-university programs (Both single and double DECS are offered). It is also one of the only colleges in Quebec to offer the 3 year Animal Health Technology career program in English. This program works in collaboration with the SPCA de Montreal and offers veterinary services carried out by third year students and supervising veterinarians to the local community at a reduced cost. Moreover,Vanier offers the 2 year Communications, Media and Studio Arts pre-university program. While this program is offered at several colleges, Vanier uniquely offers the Henry Lehmann Gallery. This gallery is run by the department staff in collaboration with student curators. Students enrolled in the program have the chance to submit their work to gallery. If selected, they are compensated and have their work displayed in a professional gallery exhibition. Additionally, this program exclusively offers their students (and students who take a complimentary class within this program) both a photo and media & design lab supplied with Apple iMacs, scanners and printers. Additionally, they offer a professional photoshoot room and rent video and photography equipment to students. They also hire talented student peer tutors for both drawing and design, in addition to lab monitors, equipment rental and gallery staff. Furthermore, Vanier also offers its students several ACS programs, credit courses, night classes and non-credit courses and programs.
College Majors & the Star Program
Vanier is one of the few colleges that offer supplementary majors for students studying in any program. A student can opt to complete one or several of these majors, all while completing the course perquisites for their given program of study. Presently Vanier offers three majors: East European & Slavic Studies, Sustainability and Women’s & Gender Studies. Firstly, the East European & Slavic Studies major is only offered at Vanier, and grants the opportunity to students enrolled in the major to partake in a Study Trip to Russia. This Major covers the cultures of countries such as Czech Republic and Poland. Secondly, the Sustainability major promotes Eco-friendly and sustainable methods of living through volunteer opportunities and academic study. They also offer the opportunity to participating students to plan events that promote sustainability through the college. Lastly, Women’s & Gender Studies runs college-wide events throughout the year. Participating students learn about core contemporary concepts revealing around gender and women, such as Feminism and women in the workplace.
Student Culture & Clubs
Due to its location and highly sought after programs, Vanier hosts over 8,700 students from all over Montreal and from all ethnic backgrounds. Both Vanier students and staff are very supportive of all cultures and genders. This is evident through the Open Door Network/Umbrella Club, whose aim is to educate, support and create positive relations between LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. They hold weekly meetings during Universal Break, making it accessible to all students and staff members. Moreover, there’s Vanier’s Indigenous Circle, whose mission is to provide ongoing academic, personal and social support for First Nation students who study at the college. They also organize many events for both the group’s members and the Vanier community. These events provide insight on the issues and culture of the Indigenous communities/individuals residing within Canada and abroad. Furthermore, due to the multi ethical background of it’s faculty and students, Vanier fosters religious diversity and acceptance. For those who are interested, their are also religious clubs such as the Jewish Club. Additionally, Vanier grants the opportunity to students to both run and form their own official clubs. Many of the clubs are located in the hall joining the D cafe and Jake’s Cafe. Some examples include the First Aid club, the Vanier Insider newspaper club and the Anime club.
VCSA & VTV
The Vanier College Students’ Association (VCSA) is entire student-run and aims to improve the student culture/experience by investing in the college-wide events and initiatives such as Jake’s COOP. They are there to defend the rights of all students and answer any question they may have. They also have being supporting the Robotics club for the past 4 years.
VTV, or Vanier Television, is the student run digital video newscasting network. This gives participating students with an apt for journalism and video the opportunity to submit and produce their own work via public platforms. Furthermore, they cover major events that happen on campus, such as Halloween festivities and the annual Vanier BBQ. Through their live and pre recorded media coverage, they aim to create awareness about Vanier College and provide a sense of community amongst the student body.
Jake’s COOP Bookstore & Cafe
Jake’s bookstore serves the faculty & students of Vanier College as well as the local community of Saint-Laurent. The books store offers a wide selection of general-literature, office & school supplies, as well as course related-material. As part of Jake’s COOP, the bookstore offers membership pricing & exclusive sales for membership holders; being up to 5% off textbooks and course packs and up to 15% off retail. As a COOP, a large percentage of the profits go towards bursaries and giving back to the community; such as financing humanitarian trips. In addition, the bookstore offers Vanier students part-time jobs each semester to help them finance their studies. Jake’s Cafe is a mainly-student run cafe which offers healthier options than your average campus cafeteria. They offer both vegan and vegetarian options for those with dietary restrictions as well. One of their most popular dishes is the Black Bean Burger that comes in a pretzel-like bun and is topped with chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomatoes and fresh avocados. They also promote sustainability by using locally grown vegetables from the campus garden (Depending on the supply/season). Like Jake’s bookstore, COOP members are eligible for discounts and special pricing events on food and beverages (Visit the Cafe for more details). They also give away coupons to their cafe in the student agenda.
821, Sainte-Croix Avenue, Saint-Laurent