The Government of Canada and the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) are committed to excellence in research and research training for the benefit of Canadians. Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to seize opportunities and for responding to global challenges. The Government of Canada has introduced new requirements within the CRCP to support the achievement of a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Canadian research enterprise in Canada. As such, the CRCP is committed to the federal government’s policies on non-discrimination and employment equity.
All Canadian universities that accept funding from the federal CRCP are expected to make concerted efforts to take specific steps in support of developing equity and diversity targets with respect to CRCs, as well as provide a supportive and inclusive workplace for all Chairholders.
Laurentian University strongly supports a workplace environment that removes disparities experienced by the designated groups in Canada: women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities, as defined in the Employment Equity Act. Laurentian is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) with respect to the selection, appointment and institutional support of CRCs.
You can learn more about the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Requirements and Practices on the CRCP website.
Other helpful ressources on the CRCP website include the 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement, as well as the program’s representation statistics page, Population-Based Institutional Equity Targets 2021 to 2029 page and Requirements for Recruiting and Nominating Canada Research Chairs page, including the requirements regarding using Canada Research Chair positions for emergency retention and Tier 1 third-term nominations.