VIEW-17116 | Interior, Montreal Technical School, Montreal, QC, 1917

Interior, Montreal Technical School, Montreal, QC, 1917
Wm. Notman & Son
1917, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

At the Montreal Catholic School Board, reformers sought to improve the quality of educational programs, teacher training and public school administration. They ran into stiff resistance from the Church, which saw education as its domain.

The business community also wanted specialized institutions that would turn out a labour force suited to the needs of the market. The Quebec government sided with it in 1907 by establishing the École des hautes études commerciales [business school] and the Montreal Technical School.

  • What

    The mandate of the Montreal Technical School was to train the technicians and skilled workers (especially mechanics and electricians) that Montreal-area industry required.

  • Where

    The Montreal Technical School was on Sherbrooke Street, at the corner of Jeanne Mance Street. The workshops were at the back of the main building, which is today part of the scientific campus of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

  • When

    The school was founded in 1907 by act of the Quebec legislative assembly, under the Liberal government of Premier Lomer Gouin. Owing to construction delays, the school did not open until 1911.

  • Who

    There is very little social and economic information about the students who attended the Montreal Technical School in the early years. Since they had to have completed elementary school, however, it can be assumed that very few of them came from poor families. In 1916 close to a third of the students were English-speaking, the remainder being French-speaking.