Program Statistics




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Overview

Total Chair allocations (filled and vacant) 2,285
Total regular allocations (filled and vacant) 2,148
Total special allocations (filled and vacant) 137
Total participating postsecondary institutions 76

For more information on how the program allocates Chairs to each institution, visit Method of Allocating Chairs.


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Filled Canada Research Chair positions

Data as of June 2019
Total filled Canada Research Chair positions 1,836
Tier 1 chairholders 795 (43.3%)
Tier 2 chairholders 1,041 (56.7%)
Total chairholders recruited from outside of Canada 154 (8.4%)
Expatriate Canadians
(including chairholders recruited from the United States)
69 (3.8%)
International
(including chairholders recruited from the United States)
85 (4.6%)
Total chairholders recruited from the United States
(expatriate Canadians and international)
85 (4.6%)
Chairholders who identify as women Tier 1: 187 (10.2%)
Tier 2: 431 (23.5%)
Total: 618 (33.7%)
Chairholders who identify as men Tier 1: 601 (32.7%)
Tier 2: 603 (32.8%)
Total: 1,204 (65.6%)
Chairholders who identify as gender-fluid, non-binary and/or Two-SpiritFootnote 1 Tier 1: -
Tier 2: -
Total: -
Chairholders who did not identify a genderFootnote 1 Tier 1: -
Tier 2: -
Total: -
Chairholders who identify as a member of a visible minority Tier 1:115 (6.3%)
Tier 2: 175 (9.5%)
Total: 290 (15.8%)
Chairholders who identify as Indigenous people Tier 1: 5 (0.3%)
Tier 2: 34 (1.9%)
Total: 39 (2.1%)
Chairholders who identify as a person with disabilities Tier 1: 13 (0.7%)
Tier 2: 16 (0.9%)
Total: 29 (1.6%)

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Equity in the program

The following graph and table outline the historical representation of the four designated groups (women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities).

Graph 1: Percentage of nominations submitted for individuals who self-identify as belonging to the four designated groups

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Graph 1: Percentage of nominations submitted for individuals who self-identify as belonging to the four designated groups

This line graph shows the percentage of Canada Research Chair nominations that institutions submitted for individuals who self-identify as belonging to the four designated groups. Data were collected from 2006 to early 2019.

The breakdown each year per designated group is as followsFootnote 1:

Designated group (by percentage) Women Members of visible minorities Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities
2006 30% 4% - -
2007 19% 11% - -
2008 22% 15% - -
2009 27% 12% - 2%
2010 29% 14% - 2%
2011 30% 9% - -
2012 34% 17% 3% -
2013 30% 17% - -
2014 27% 13% 2% -
2015 32% 12% 1% -
2016 30% 17% 2% -
2017 36% 18% 3% 2%
2018 47% 23% 4% 5%
2019-1 47% 28% 5% 5%

The overarching trend is a slow growth in the representation of the four designated groups until the launch of the 2017 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan. With the launch of the action plan, the nomination rate has significantly increased. For example, in April 2019, institutions nominated 47 per cent women, 22 per cent members of visible minorities, 5 per cent persons with disabilities, and 4 per cent Indigenous peoples.

Table 1: Progress made in increasing representation within the program since the launch of its EDI action plan

Timeline of actions in the program January 2009 April 2016 May 2017 December 2018 May 2019
Institutions set equity targets for the first time First open letter sent to institutions CRCP’s EDI action plan is launched Two cycles after the CRCP’s EDI action plan is launched Three cycles after the CRCP’s EDI action plan is launched
Women 24.3% 28.9% 29.8% 30.0% 33.5%
Members of visible minorities 11.7% 13.1% 13.4% 13.8% 15.9%
Persons with disabilities 1.1% 0.59% 0.3% 0.5% 1.6%
Indigenous peoples 0.4% 0.95% 1.3% 1.4% 2.1%


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Equity targets and results of participating institutions

In the spirit of openness and transparency, the program is making public the results and findings of its target-setting exercise, while respecting the Privacy Act. Please select the designated group below to download the dataset in Excel format:

Women
Persons with disabilities
Indigenous peoples
Members of visible minorities

Understanding the datasets

The information in these tables reflects the number of individuals who self-identified as members of the designated groups. Since self-identification is voluntary, this may not include all chairholders belonging to a group. This is important to consider when interpreting the data, given that low self-identification rates may affect the results.

In 2009, participating institutions of all sizes completed a baseline target-setting exercise, where they set their first equity targets and measured the gap between occupied Chairs and these targets.

Starting in 2012, every year, all institutions of one size (small, medium or large) report on their progress toward meeting their previous equity targets and set new ones. This creates a three-year cycle for collecting all of the data. For example, in the 2012-14 target-setting cycle, institutions reported and set targets as follows: medium in 2012, large in 2013 and small in 2014.

Each year, the program categorizes institutions by size, which is defined as follows:

  • Large: 40 Chair allocations and more
  • Medium: 11 to 39 Chair allocations
  • Small : 10 Chairs or less

Learn more about the program’s allocation method.

In addition, due to limits in available statistical data, the targets for three of the four groups (persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities) are set using approximations of the pools of potential nominees. Learn more about the program’s target-setting method.

In keeping with the Privacy Act, if the number of chairholders who self-identified as belonging to one of the four groups is less than five, it is not provided to protect the privacy of chairholders. For this same reason, the data is not presented by tier or agency.

Data by institution size

The tables below represent the data collected from the target-setting exercises completed in 2009 to 2016 by institution size.

Table 1: Representation of four designated g roups among Canada Research Chairs in 2009 by institution sizeFootnote 1
- Total institutions Total Chairs Women Members of visible minorities Persons with disabilities Indigenous peoples
Equity target - - 25% 11% 5% 0.7%
Large 15 1,341 24% 12% 1% 0%
Medium 17 371 24% 12% 1% 1%
Small 33 161 27% 9% 0% 2%
Overall total 65 1,873 24% 12% 1% 0.4%
Source: This information comes from the target-setting exercise completed by institutions in 2009, and represents almost all Chairs allocated to institutions at the time of reporting.
Table 2: Representation of four designated groups among Canada Research Chairs in 2012-14, by institution size
- Total institutions Total Chairs Women Members of visible minorities Persons with disabilities Indigenous peoples
Equity target 28% 15% 4% 1%
Large 15 1,270 25% 13% 2% 1%
Medium 16 340 25% 15% 1% 1%
Small 39 200 35% 9% 1% 2%
Overall total 70 1,810 26% 13% 2% 1%
Source: The information comes from the target-setting exercises completed by institutions in 2012 (medium), 2013 (large) and 2014 (small). It represents almost all Chairs allocated to the institutions (medium and large) or occupied Chairs (small) at the time of reporting.
Table 3: Representation of four designated groups among Canada Research Chairs in 2015-17, by institution sizeFootnote 1
- Total institutions Total Chairs Women Members of visible minorities Persons with disabilities Indigenous peoples
Equity target - - 31% 15% 4% 1%
Large 15 1,261 28% 15% 1% 1%
Medium 17 314 26% 16% 1% 1%
Small - - - - - -
Overall total - - - - - -
Source: This information comes from the target-setting exercises completed by institutions for 2015 (medium) and 2016 (large), and represents the number of occupied Chairs at the time of reporting.

Visit the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Requirements and Practices page for more information on the program’s commitment to ensuring access to opportunities for all qualified candidates.

Footnotes

Footnote 1

In keeping with the Privacy Act, numbers lower than five were removed to protect the privacy of chairholders.

Return to footnote 1 referrer