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Canada Research Chairs: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Information & Policies

Who is this for?

This information is for anyone who is interested in the following:

  • Policies governing the management of Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) at the University of Toronto (U of T)
  • U of T’s CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan
  • Information on U of T’s chairholder targets
  • Active and archived postings for chair opportunities
  • U of T’s initiatives to increase the diversity of our chairholder cohort
     

Institutions with five or more chair allocations are required by the CRC Program to maintain a public accountability web page.

What do I need before I can begin?

You do not need to complete any prerequisites to use the information on this page.

Overview

This institutional public accountability page describes the administration and management of CRCs at U of T and details University initiatives to increase the representation of members of the four designated groups (women; Indigenous peoples; persons with disabilities; and members of visible minorities) among our cohort of chairholders. These actions align with the CRC Program’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Requirements and Practices.

For more information about the Program’s commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion, please consult the following:

U of T’s CRC allocation includes the tri-campus community and the nine affiliated hospitals within the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. Those processes and policies unique to the affiliated hospitals may be found on each hospital’s respective CRC web page which appears below.

Statement of Equity, Diversity & Excellence

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, as stated in our institutional Statement of Equity, Diversity and Excellence excerpted below.

At the University of Toronto, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive community, rich with diversity, protecting the human rights of all persons, and based upon understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of every person. We seek to ensure to the greatest extent possible that all students and employees enjoy the opportunity to participate as they see fit in the full range of activities that the University offers, and to achieve their full potential as members of the University community.
 
We will proactively seek to increase diversity among our community members, and it is our aim to have a student body and teaching and administrative staffs that mirror the diversity of the pool of potential qualified applicants for those positions.
 
We believe that excellence flourishes in an environment that embraces the broadest range of people, that helps them to achieve their full potential, that facilitates the free expression of their diverse perspectives through respectful discourse, and in which high standards are maintained for students and staff alike. An equitable and inclusive working and learning environment creates the conditions for our diverse staff and student body to maximize their creativity and their contributions, thereby supporting excellence in all dimensions of the institution.

 

The University has developed an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan to both increase the number of Canada Research Chairs from the four designated groups, and to develop procedures and initiatives that enable the university community to work towards our shared responsibility to create an inclusive and equitable environment to conduct world-class research.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan was developed in consultation with the affiliated hospitals (Toronto Academic Health Science Network Research Committee), senior university leadership, divisional leaders (Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs – PDAD&C) and relevant groups within the university community including the VPRI Equity and Diversity in Research and Innovation Working Group (EDRI), the Research Advisory Board (RAB) and the Institutional Research Leaders Group (IRLG). Following consultation the plan was approved by the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, under authority delegated from the Governing Council through the Research Administration Policy.

In concert with central university efforts to raise awareness of issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion within the CRC program and our research enterprise more broadly, these groups are being asked to discuss these issues with their faculty, staff and students. Many of our divisions are already undertaking significant initiatives related to equity, diversity and inclusion; these are highlighted in the Action Plan.

The University’s Strategic Research Plan (SRP) provides the U of T community with a flexible framework that supports research excellence across the institution and with partner organizations. One of the key strategic objectives in the SRP is the advancement of equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the U of T research enterprise. In fulfilling this strategic objective, the VPRI seeks to further integrate EDI principles into our policies and practices, including those relevant to research funding opportunities.

About U of T's CRCs

Canada Research Chairs are held by tenure-stream faculty at the University of Toronto and researchers employed by the affiliated hospitals within the Toronto Academic Health Science Network.

Oversight of the CRC program resides in the portfolio of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, who works closely with the Vice-President & Provost, divisional leaders, and the leadership of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN).

CRC positions are filled through internal nominations within a U of T department or division or affiliated hospital, or are tied to the recruitment of a new tenure-stream faculty member or hospital-based appointment. The successful candidate from these searches is nominated for a Canada Research Chair, normally after beginning their employment at U of T or the hospital.

U of T’s CRC Utilization Table

The CRC program utilization table outlines the number of Chair allocations at U of T; those that are filled, with the names and term dates for each CRC; the types of flex moves used; and unfilled allocations.
 

U of T CRCs from the Four Designated Groups

The University is meeting and exceeding its targets for all four designated groups, as outlined in the table below. While this achievement aligns with the program requirements, we recognize that maintaining and increasing the diversity of our Canada Research Chairs requires proactive initiatives underpinned by a research-informed approach, as well as education and leadership throughout U of T and the hospitals. Further details are included in the U of T Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.

CRC National Target-Setting Method


Canada Research Chairs at U of T & Affiliated Hospitals
281 Filled Chairs (December 2019)
Based on U of T Self-Identification only
Designated Group Target Percentage Target in Chairs Number of Self Identification Occupancy % Gap # of Chairs
Women 32% 90 113 40% No Gap
Members of Visible Minorities 15% 42 65 23% No Gap
Persons with Disabilities 4% 11 15 5% No Gap
Aboriginal Peoples 1% 3 8 3% No Gap

U of T Affiliated Hospitals

Concerns about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at U of T

There are a number of mechanisms at U of T to address concerns related to equity and diversity depending on the issue and one’s position at U of T and/or affiliated hospital (i.e. faculty, staff or student). Concerns or questions sent to the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, at crc@utoronto.ca will be reviewed and may be referred to one or more University officials, as needed

  • Concerns related to research and innovation: Vice-President, Research and Innovation
  • Concerns related to the affiliated hospitals: Dean, Faculty of Medicine, and Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions
  • Concerns related to employment at U of T or equity and diversity more broadly: Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity
     

All equity and diversity concerns will be reported to the Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity.

Forms & Downloads

VPRI Role

  • Providing oversight of the CRC program at U of T
  • Handling inquiries related to the CRC program at U of T and the university’s EDI Action Plan
  • Reviewing and updating this public accountability and transparency web page

VPRI Contact

We welcome questions, feedback and suggestions about the CRC program at U of T, as well as the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and its implementation.

Staff

General Inquiries: Canada Research Chair Program

Research Services Office (RSO)

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