Tri-Agency Open Access Policy compliance


The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy applies to faculty research funded by the three Canadian federal granting agencies, and requires peer-reviewed journal articles resulting from these grants to be made open-access and freely available within 12 months of publication. The policy applies to:

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants received on or after May 1, 2015
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grants received on or after January 1, 2008

The policy does not apply to:

  • Canada Graduate Scholarships
  • Research publications other than peer-reviewed journal articles (for example, book chapters)

How do I comply?

There are two ways to comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy: making your article open access at time of publication, or depositing it into an appropriate research repository.

 Need help?

We're happy to help you understand your publishing options and help you achieve Tri-Agency compliance.

Lauren Byl

Copyright & Licensing Librarian

Priscilla Carmini

Digital Repositories Librarian