The CRC Program has set equity targets that our institution aims to reach (or exceed). To demonstrate our progress, regular updates are provided below. 

  2016 target*   2017 update**  
Designated group Expected*** (Number of chairs) Actual (Number of chairs) Expected*** (Number of chairs) Actual (Number of chairs)
Women 12 10 15 13
Members of visible minorities 7 11 9 10
Persons with disabilities 2 - 2 -
Aboriginal (Indigenous) people  0 - 1 -

*Note that 6% of awarded Chairholders chose not to self-disclose  
**Note that 7% of awarded Chairholders chose not to self-disclose
***Based on targets set using the CRC Program’s availability approach    
-Numbers lower than five are suppressed to protect the privacy of Chairholders 

Data were collected from the CRC Curriculum Vitae Applicant Registry Sheet from our CRC nominations. The limitations presented by a voluntary self-disclosure survey may impact results.

A number of the measures the Canada Research Chairs Program has implemented to address the underrepresentation of individuals from the four designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) stem from a 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement. This agreement was reached between a group of eight academics who filed complaints with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (the “Commission”) in 2003. In 2017, at the request of the complainants, the 2006 Settlement Agreement was made a federal court order because they considered that not enough progress had been made in addressing the underrepresentation in the Program in the 11 years since the agreement had been signed. In lieu of a federal court process, the Program entered into a collaborative mediation process with the complainants and the commission to come to an agreement on changes to the settlement agreement that would address the inequities within the Program in a systemic, structural and sustainable way. The 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement outlines the new terms of the agreement.

Please visit the CRC Program’s Equity and Diversity Targets and Program Statistics, for further details.

Date modified: November 2019