Program Statistics


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 78

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

Filled Canada Research Chair positions

The data provided in the tables is as of June 2021 (data is updated twice a year, after the results of a nomination cycle are made public)Footnote 1 Footnote 2

Table 1: Total active chairholders and international recruitment
Total filled Canada Research Chair positions 1,892
Tier 1 chairholders 767 (40.5%)
Tier 2 chairholders 1,125 (59.5%)
Total chairholders recruited from outside of Canada 136 (7.2%)
Expatriate Canadians
(including chairholders recruited from the United States)
78 (4.1%)
International
(including chairholders recruited from the United States)
58 (3.1%)
Total chairholders recruited from the United States
(expatriate Canadians and international)
25 (1.3%)
Table 2: Equity targets and actual representation
- December 2019 equity targets, % Current representation, %
June 2021
New targets, %
(December 2029 deadline)
Women 31 39.1 50.9
Members of visible minorities 15 22.1 22
Persons with disabilities 4 5.7 7.5
Indigenous Peoples 1 3.4 4.9

Self-identification data and intersectionality

As a best practice, the program collects self-identification data from all nominees and chairholders to monitor the program’s representation using an “intersectional” approach. A term coined by law professor Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, “intersectionality” is an approach to better understand and address the multiple barriers and often increased disadvantages that individuals with intersecting social identities, such as race, gender, sexuality and class, can face in accessing services or programs. Using an intersectional approach to developing policies and programs helps to better identify and address these systemic barriers.

Further information on the program’s self-identification form can be found in the program’s FAQ.

Confidentiality:

To protect the privacy of chairholders, numbers less than five and associated percentages have been omitted in the tables below, in alignment with the Privacy Act.

Table 3: Representation of individuals from the four designated groups among all active chairholders (June 2021)
- % of Tier 1
(N = 767)
% of Tier 2
(N = 1,125 )
% total
(N = 1,892)
Gender
Women 28.6 46.3 39.1
Men 65.4 49.2 55.8
Gender neutral/non-binary/Two-Spirit - - 0.5
Prefer not to answer - - 4.5
Members of visible minorities
Yes 19.8 23.6 22.1
No 73.7 72.0 72.7
Prefer not to answer 6.5 4.4 5.2
Persons with disabilities
Yes 5.9 5.5 5.7
No 87.4 88.8 88.2
Prefer not to answer 6.8 5.7 6.1
Indigenous Peoples
Yes 1.2 5.0 3.4
No 92.7 91.4 91.9
Prefer not to answer 6.1 3.6 4.7
Table 4: Representation of members of the four designated groups by agency and by tier (June 2021)
- CIHR NSERC SSHRC
Tier 1 Tier 2 Total Tier 1 Tier 2 Total Tier 1 Tier 2 Total
(% of Tier 1 total) (% of Tier 2 total) (% of total) (% of Tier 1 total) (% of Tier 2 total) (% of total) (% of Tier 1 total) (% of Tier 2 total) (% of total)
Total 319 368 687 326 448 774 122 309 431
Total % of all active chairs by agency by tier (N = 1,892) 41.6 32.7 36.3 42.5 39.8 40.9 15.9 27.5 22.8
Gender
Women 34.5 50.5 43.1 17.8 36.6 28.7 41.8 55.3 51.5
Men 61.4 46.2 53.3 75.5 59.8 66.4 49.2 37.5 40.8
Gender neutral/non-binary/Ttwo-Spirit - - - - - - - - -
Prefer not to answer - - - - - - - - -
Members of visible minorities
Yes 17.6 23.6 20.8 24.5 26.8 25.8 13.1 19.1 17.4
No 78.1 73.1 75.4 68.1 68.3 68.2 77.0 76.1 76.3
Prefer not to answer 4.4 3.3 3.8 7.4 4.9 5.9 9.8 4.9 6.3
Persons with disabilities
Yes 4.4 4.6 4.5 7.4 3.3 5.0 5.7 9.7 8.6
No 91.5 91.0 91.3 85.0 91.5 88.8 82.8 82.2 82.4
Prefer not to answer 4.1 4.3 4.2 7.7 5.1 6.2 11.5 8.1 9.0
Indigenous peoples
Yes - - 2.3 0.0 1.1 0.6 4.9 12.3 10.2
No 95.3 93.5 94.3 92.9 95.3 94.3 85.2 83.2 83.8
Prefer not to answer - - 3.3 7.1 3.6 5.0 9.8 4.5 6.0
Table 5: Members of visible minorities by gender (June 2021)
Gender Visible minorities
(% of N = 418)
Not visible minorities
(% of N = 1,375)
Prefer not to answer
(% of N = 99)
Total chairs (% of N = 1,892)
Women 36.8 41.9 10.1 39.1
Men 61.0 56.6 23.2 55.8
Gender-neutral/non-binary/Two-Spirit - - - 0.5
Prefer not to answer - - - 4.5
Total (of column) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Table 6: Members of visible minorities by population group and gender (June 2021*)
Population group Women (% of N = 154) Men (% of N = 255) % of total visible minorities (N = 418) % of total chairholders (N = 1,892)
Arab 5.8 9.8 8.4 1.8
Black 10.4 4.3 6.7 1.5
Chinese 28.6 25.9 26.6 5.9
Filipino - - 2.2 0.5
Japanese - - 1.9 0.4
Korean 3.2 2.4 2.6 0.6
Latin American 7.8 6.7 7.2 1.6
South Asian (e.g., East Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, etc.) 15.6 18.8 17.2 3.8
Southeast Asian (e.g., Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Thai, etc.) - - 2.9 0.6
West Asian (e.g., Iranian, Afghan, etc.) 4.5 11.0 8.4 1.8
*Another population group 4.5 6.3 6.2 1.4
Prefer not to answer/blank 14.3 10.6 12.4 80.7
* The percentages in this table should be interpreted carefully, as 12.4% of individuals who self-identified as a visible minority chose “prefer not to answer” for this question. Total visible minorities: Respondents are counted in each group they self-identified in. As a result, the total percentage by column may sum to more than 100%.
Table 7: Indigenous Peoples by gender (June 2021)
Gender Indigenous Peoples
(% of N = 65)
Not Indigenous Peoples
(% of N = 1,739)
Prefer not to answer
(% of N = 88)
Total chairs
(% of N = 1,892)
Women 70.8 39.4 10.2 39.1
Men - 59.1 - 55.8
Gender-neutral/non-binary/Two-Spirit - - - 0.5
I prefer not to answer - 1.2 - 4.5
Total (of column) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Table 8: Indigenous Peoples by gender by group (June 2021)
Population Group Women
(% of N = 46)
Men
(% of N = -)
Gender neutral/ non-binary/Two-Spirit (% of N = -) I prefer not to answer
(% of N = -)
% of total Indigenous Peoples (N = 65) % of total chairholders (N = 1,892)
First Nations 19.6 35.3 - - 24.6 0.8
Métis - - - - - -
Prefer not to answer/blank - - - - - -
Total (of column) 100.0 100.0 100.0% 100.0 100.0 100.0
Table 9: Persons with disabilities by gender (June 2021)
Gender Persons with disabilities
(% of N = 107)
Persons without disabilities
(% of N = 1,669)
Prefer not to answer
(% of N = 116)
Total chairs
(% of N = 1,892)
Women 43.9 40.1 20.7 39.1
Men 52.3 58.6 19.0 55.8
Gender-neutral/non-binary/Two-Spirit - - - 0.5
Prefer not to answer - - - 4.5
Total (of column) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Equity in the program

The following graph and table are updated once a year, and outline nomination trends for individuals from the four designated groups (women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples and members of visible minorities) from 2006 to 2020.

Graph 1: Percentage of nominations submitted for individuals who self-identified as members of the four designated groups from 2006 to 2020

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Description of figure

This line graph shows the percentage of Canada Research Chair nominations submitted by institutions for individuals who self-identified as belonging to the four designated groups. Data was collected from 2006 to 2020.

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 November 2020, institutions nominated 51% women, 27% members of visible minorities, 7% persons with disabilities, and 4% Indigenous Peoples.

The breakdown each year per designated group is as followsFootnote 2:

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 51 27 5 7
2020* 51 27 4 7
* Data revised includes off-cycle nominations up to December 1, 2020
Table 10: Progress made in increasing representation within the program since the launch of its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan
Timeline of actions in the program January 2009 April 2016 May 2017 December 2018 May 2019 December 2019 June 2021 December 2029
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 Four cycles after the CRCP’s EDI action plan is launched: December 2019 Equity Target Deadline Launch of new equity target-setting methodology based on Canada’s population Equity targets for the December 2029 deadline
Women 24.3% 28.9% 29.8% 30.0% 33.5% 37.6% 39.1% 50.9%
Members of visible minorities 11.7% 13.1% 13.4% 13.8% 15.9% 21.0% 22.1% 22%
Persons with disabilities 1.1% 0.59% 0.3% 0.5% 1.6% 5.4% 5.7% 7.5%
Indigenous peoples 0.4% 0.95% 1.3% 1.4% 2.1% 3.2% 3.4% 4.9%

Note: December 2019 column is estimated, as the data includes all nominations submitted to the cycle 2019-2 (the program’s success rate in recent years is 98%). June 2021 data includes all active and approved Chairs.

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 exercises, while respecting the Privacy Act.

The program would like to recognize institutions’ continued efforts to address the systemic barriers in their policies, processes and structures that have contributed to the underrepresentation of the four designated groups (women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples and members of visible minorities) within the program. These efforts are fundamental to ensuring that the program achieves its objectives of attracting and retaining a diverse cadre of world-class researchers and reinforcing academic research and training excellence in Canadian postsecondary institutions.

Equity target results for December 2019 deadline

In April 2016, the program’s Steering Committee urged postsecondary institutions to make concerted efforts to address the underrepresentation of individuals from the four designated groups (women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples and members of visible minorities) in their chairholder nominations.

In May 2017, when the program’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan was launched, the program’s Steering Committee stipulated that institutions must meet their equity targets by December 2019. The full dataset with the institutional results of the equity targets with a deadline of December 2019 is now available at the link below. The table below gives an overview of the number of institutions that met this deadline.

As of June 2021, 85% (N: 55/65) of institutions are meeting their December 2019 equity targets.

Summary of December 2019 Target Results Number of institutions Percentage of total institutions
All targets met 50 77%
All but 1 target met 12 18%
All but 2 targets met 2 3%
All but 3 targets met 0 0%
None of the targets met 1 2%
Total institutions with targets 65  -
N/A* 11 -
Total institutions 76 -
*N/A means that the institutions had no targets (some very small institutions did not have the number of active chairs necessary to meet the threshold for setting targets at the time targets were set).

Download the full dataset in Excel format (see Understanding the datasets for additional information)

As per the 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement, an institution not meeting its targets can only submit new chairholder nominations if the nomination is for an individual who self-identifies as belonging to one or more of the four designated groups. This measure will be in place until the institution meets all targets with its approved, active chairholders. This measure is in place in recognition of the increased targets that will be implemented as part of the 2019 Addendum (as outlined below). Institutions may continue to submit renewal nominations during this time.

Coming soon: Updated target-setting methodology

The December 2019 equity targets were set using the program's target-setting methodology. The program is currently revising this methodology: an updated version will be available in the coming months. The new methodology will implement new targets by 2029: 50.9% women, 4.9% Indigenous Peoples, 7.5% persons with disabilities and 22% members of visible minorities. Refer to the frequently asked questions for more information. All institutions must submit chair nominations in consideration of these updated targets.

Table 11: Estimated representation of individuals from the four designated groups among Canada Research Chairs in August 2020, by institution sizeFootnote 2
- Total institutions Total Chairs Women Members of visible minorities Persons with disabilities Indigenous Peoples
Equity target - - 31% 15% 4% 1%
Large 15 1,408 38.3% 22.0% 5.0% 2.9%
Medium 17 328 36.9% 18.6% 6.1% 2.4%
Small 44 211 38.9% 16.6% 7.1% 6.2%
Overall total 76 1,947 38.1% 20.9% 5.4% 3.2%

Source: This data comes from the self-identification survey of all active chairholders that the program conducted in fall 2019, as well as self-identification data provided with nominations submitted and approved since the survey. See the dataset above for further details. Institution size is defined in Understanding the datasets, below.

Target-setting exercise results 2009-2016

Please select the designated group below to download the dataset in Excel format:

Understanding the datasets

The information in the tables provided on this page reflects the number of individuals who self-identified as members of one or more of the four 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, representation may be higher than the data suggests.

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.

From 2012 to 2016, each year, all institutions of one size (small, medium or large) reported on their progress toward meeting their previous equity targets and set new ones. This created a three-year cycle for collecting all of the data. For example, in the 2012 to 2014 target-setting cycle, institutions reported and set targets as follows: medium in 2012, large in 2013 and small in 2014. When the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan was launched in May 2017, institutions were given until December 2019 to meet their targets. They reported on the targets on their public accountability and transparency pages. Moving forward, the targets for all institutions will be set at the same time using the updated methodology.

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 chair allocations 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 between 2009 and 2016 by institution size at time the data was published (May 2017).

Table 12: Representation of four designated groups among Canada Research Chairs in 2009 by institution sizeFootnote 2
- 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 13: 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 14: Representation of four designated groups among Canada Research Chairs in 2015-16, by institution sizeFootnote 2
- 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%
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 (May 2017).

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

The number of active chairholders can vary from month to month. This is due to new chairholders starting their terms, chairholders’ terms ending, and chairholders’ terms being terminated early for various reasons, such as the chairholder retiring or leaving their institution.

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Footnote 2

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

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