Federal government introduces new gender equity provisions for CERC applications

October 14, 2016

The Canadian Government has stipulated that any university wishing to apply for one of 11 new Canada Excellence Research Chairs will need to prove that it has detailed equity plans and recruitment strategies to promote the participation of women and other under-represented groups. Of the 27 CERC chairs that currently exist across the country, only one is reportedly filled by a woman. Science Minister Kirsty Duncan adds that in addition to the equity requirements, the chairs will be awarded in “priority areas” such as sustainable technologies and business innovation. “When all people, regardless of gender, race, age and ability, are welcomed into the lab, they can work together to create breakthroughs that will help Canada seize new opportunities and respond to grand, global challenges,” says a federal release. Hamilton Spectator