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Action plan to address underrepresentation of women and minorities among chairholders

A new federal action plan was announced on May 4, 2017 to ensure equity and diversity among Canada Research Chairs.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan includes measures to be introduced immediately for universities with five or more chairholder allocations in order to open new opportunities for women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. Of the current chairholders, only 30 per cent are women.

According to the official statement:

  • Universities will now be required to develop their own equity, diversity and inclusion action plans to address the underrepresentation of the four designated groups among their chairholders.
  • Universities must also report annually to the Canada Research Chairs Program and post on their websites progress towards meeting their equity and diversity objectives.
  • Starting May 2017, if a university fails to meet these requirements by the deadlines stipulated, the program will withhold peer review and payments for those nominations until the requirements are fulfilled.

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