Canada Research Chairs Program Settles

November 10, 2006

After more than three years, yesterday mediation finally settled a human rights complaint against the billion-dollar CRC program by 8 women professors who claimed gender discrimination. In the CRC's first year, only 14% of appointments were to women; that percentage has increased steadily to 33% in the latest round. (Women comprise just 30% of all university faculty in Canada.) The CRC has agreed to state publicly that the goals of equity and excellence are not mutually exclusive, and will set new, enforceable hiring targets for women, Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities and persons with a disability. Since almost all of the 2,000 new research positions have been filled, change will come only in the contract renewal process. "Justice delayed is justice denied," said one of the complainants. CAUT media release | CRC media release