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Overview: Number of chairs allocated in the program

Total chairs allocated in the program 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 May 2022 (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 1,985
Tier 1 chairholders 777 (39.1%)
Tier 2 chairholders 1,208 (60.9%)
Total active chairholders recruited from outside of Canada 137 (6.9%)
Canadians repatriated to Canada 81 (4.1%)
International (non-Canadians) 56 (2.8%)

Representation in the program

All researchers who participate in the program are required to meet its excellence requirements. This is assessed in a rigorous two-step process: 1) at the recruitment stage by the institution, and 2) through the peer review process once they are nominated for the program. Only individuals who pass this assessment process are awarded a Canada Research Chair.

The program requires all participating institutions to set and meet equity targets in recognition of the persistent systemic barriers faced by researchers who are women, gender minorities, racialized minorities, persons with disabilities and Indigenous Peoples in accessing the program, which have led to their historical underrepresentation.

Table 2: Current representation and equity targets
- December 2019 equity targets, % Current representation, %
May 2022
New targets, %
(December 2029 deadline)
Women and gender minorities 31* 42.7 50.9
Racialized minorities 15 23.0 22
Persons with disabilities 4 6.0 7.5
Indigenous Peoples 1 3.6 4.9
* This data does not include gender minorities, as that data was unavailable at the time.

Intersectionality in the program

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 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 FAQs.

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 underrepresented groups among all active chairholders (May 2022)
- % of Tier 1
(N = 777)
% of Tier 2
(N = 1,208 )
% total
(N = 1,985)
Gender
Women 31.8 48.8 42.2
Men 62.4 46.5 52.7
Gender minorities: gender-fluid; non-binary; trans; Two-Spirit; don’t identify with any option provided - - 0.6
Prefer not to answer - - 4.5
Racialized minorities
Yes 20.8 24.3 23.0
No 72.8 71.1 71.8
Prefer not to answer 6.3 4.6 5.2
Persons with disabilities
Yes 5.9 6.1 6.0
No 87.5 88.3 88.0
Prefer not to answer 6.6 5.5 5.9
Indigenous Peoples
Yes 1.8 4.7 3.6
No 92.4 91.7 92.0
Prefer not to answer 5.8 3.6 4.4
Table 4: Representation of members of the underrepresented groups by agency and by tier (May 2022)
- 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 315 410 725 327 458 785 135 340 475
Total % of all active chairs by agency by tier (N = 1,985) 40.5 33.9 36.5 42.1 37.9 39.5 17.4 28.1 23.9
Gender
Women 37.1 52.7 45.9 21.1 38.4 31.2 45.2 58.2 54.5
Men 58.7 43.7 50.2 72.5 57.4 63.7 46.7 35.3 38.5
Gender minorities: gender-fluid; non-binary; trans; Two-Spirit; don’t identify with any option provided - - - - - - - - -
Prefer not to answer - - - - - - - - -
Racialized minorities
Yes 18.7 24.6 22.1 25.7 27.1 26.5 14.1 20.3 18.5
No 76.8 71.7 73.9 67.3 67.9 67.6 77.0 74.7 75.4
Prefer not to answer 4.4 3.7 4.0 7.0 5.0 5.9 8.9 5.0 6.1
Persons with disabilities
Yes 4.4 4.1 4.3 7.0 3.9 5.2 6.7 11.5 10.1
No 91.4 91.5 91.4 85.9 91.3 89.0 82.2 80.6 81.1
Prefer not to answer 4.1 4.4 4.3 7.0 4.8 5.7 11.1 7.9 8.8
Indigenous Peoples
Yes - - 2.3 - - 0.6 7.4 11.5 10.3
No 94.9 93.7 94.2 93.6 95.4 94.6 83.7 84.4 84.2
Prefer not to answer - - 3.4 - - 4.7 8.9 4.1 5.5
Table 5: Members of racialized minorities by gender (May 2022)
Gender Racialized minorities
(% of N = 456)
Not racialized minorities
(% of N = 1,425)
Prefer not to answer
(% of N = 104)
Total chairs (% of N = 1,985)
Women 38.8 45.3 14.4 42.2
Men 59.4 52.8 22.1 52.7
Gender minorities: gender-fluid; non-binary; trans; Two-Spirit; don’t identify with any option provided - 0.6 - 0.6
Prefer not to answer - 1.3 - 4.5
Table 6: Members of racialized minorities by population group and gender (May 2022*)
Population group Women (% of N = 177) Men (% of N = 271) Gender minorities: gender-fluid; non-binary; trans; Two-Spirit; and/or don’t identify with any option provided (N = -) % of total visible minorities (N = 456) % of total chairholders (N = 1,985)
Arab 5.6 9.6 - 8.1 1.9
Black 9.0 4.8 - 6.6 1.5
Chinese 27.7 25.8 - 26.1 6.0
Filipino - 1.8 - 2.0 0.5
Japanese - - - - -
Korean 4.0 1.8 - 2.6 0.6
Latin American 7.3 7.7 - 7.7 1.8
South Asian (e.g., Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, etc.) 11.3 16.6 - 14.3 3.3
Southeast Asian (e.g., Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Thai) - - - - -
West Asian (e.g., Iranian, Afghan) 5.6 10.3 - 8.3 1.9
White - - - - -
*Another population group 4.0 4.1 - 4.4 1.0
Prefer not to answer/blank 22.6 19.2 - 21.1 4.8
* The percentages in this table should be interpreted carefully, as 21.1% of individuals who self-identified as a racialized minority chose “prefer not to answer” for this question. Total racialized minorities: Respondents are counted in each group within which they self-identified. As a result, the total percentage by column may sum to more than 100%.
Table 7: Indigenous Peoples by gender (May 2022)
Gender Indigenous Peoples
(% of N = 71)
Non-Indigenous Peoples
(% of N = 1,826)
Prefer not to answer
(% of N = 88)
Total chairs
(% of N = 1,985)
Women 70.4 42.6 11.4 42.2
Men 26.8 55.8 10.2 52.7
Gender minorities: gender-fluid; non-binary; trans; Two-Spirit; don’t identify with any option provided - 0.4 - 0.6
Prefer not to answer - 1.2 - 4.5
Table 8: Indigenous Peoples by gender by group (May 2022)*
Population group Women
(% of N = 50)
Men
(% of N = 19)
Gender minorities: gender-fluid, non-binary; trans; Two-Spirit; don’t identify with any option provided (% of N = -) Prefer not to answer
(% of N = -)
% of total Indigenous Peoples (N = 71) % of total chairholders (N = 1,985)
First Nations 26.0 42.1 - - 31.0 1.1
Métis - - - - - -
Inuit - - - - - -
Prefer not to answer/blank 64.0 52.6 - - 60.6 2.2
* The percentages in this table should be interpreted carefully, as 60.6% of individuals who self-identified as Indigenous chose “prefer not to answer” for this question.
Table 9: Persons with disabilities by gender (May 2022)
Gender Persons with disabilities
(% of N = 120)
Persons without disabilities
(% of N = 1,747)
Prefer not to answer
(% of N = 118)
Total chairs
(% of N = 1,985)
Women 47.5 43.0 23.7 42.2
Men 48.3 55.5 16.1 52.7
Gender-fluid; non-binary; trans; Two-Spirit, don’t identify with any option provided - 0.3 - 0.6
Prefer not to answer - 1.1 - 4.5

Nomination rates

The following graph and table are updated once a year and outline nomination trends for individuals who are women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples and racialized minorities from 2006 to 2021.

Graph 1: Percentage of nominations submitted for individuals who self-identified as members of the four designated groups from 2006 to 2021

Graph 1

Description of figure

This line graph shows the percentage of Canada Research Chair nominations submitted by institutions for individuals who self-identified as women, racialized minorities, Indigenous Peoples and persons with disabilities. Data was collected from 2006 to 2021.

The overarching trend is a slow growth in nominations for individuals from these groups until the launch of the 2017 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan. With the launch of the action plan, the nomination rates have significantly increased.

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 52 28 3 7
2021 45 34 5 7

Progress made in addressing underrepresentation in the program

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 May 2022 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 One year after launch of new equity target setting methodology Equity targets for the December 2029 deadline
Women and gender minorities 24.3% 28.9% 29.8% 30.0% 33.5% 37.6% 39.1% 42.7%* 50.9%
Racialized minorities 11.7% 13.1% 13.4% 13.8% 15.9% 21.0% 22.1% 23.0% 22%
Persons with disabilities 1.1% 0.59% 0.3% 0.5% 1.6% 5.4% 5.7% 6.0% 7.5%
Indigenous Peoples 0.4% 0.95% 1.3% 1.4% 2.1% 3.2% 3.4% 3.6% 4.9%

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

* Data on gender minorities is included in this column as of May 2022 and afterward.

Equity targets and results of participating institutions

In the spirit of openness and transparency, the program makes public the results and findings of its target-setting exercises, while respecting the Privacy Act. (In keeping with the Privacy Act, numbers lower than five were removed to protect the privacy of chairholders.).

Institutions continue their efforts to address the systemic barriers in their policies, processes and structures that have contributed to the historical underrepresentation of women and gender minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples and racialized minorities in 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.

Updated population-based target-setting methodology

In 2021, the program launched a population-based methodology to set new equity targets based on Canada’s population. These targets must be reached by December 31, 2029: 50.9% women and gender minorities, 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 their targets.

The equity targets of all participating institutions for the 2021-29 period can be found here. The deadlines to meet equity targets are December 31, 2022, December 31, 2025, December 31, 2027, and December 31, 2029.

December 2019 deadline equity target results

Update: As of May 2022, 88% (57/65) of institutions are meeting their December 2019 equity targets. December 2019 equity targets were set using the program’s old equity target-setting methodology, which was replaced in 2021 by the population-based methodology.

As per the 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement, an institution not meeting its targets can submit new chairholder nominations only for an individual who self-identifies as belonging to one or more of the four designated groups and only if the institution has a target for that group. This measure remains in place until the institution meets all targets for approved, active chairholders. Renewals may continue to be submitted.

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.

Summary of December 2019 equity 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)

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 Racialized 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 conducted by the program 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 2009-16

Note: Tables 12 to 14 and the datasets provided below refer to equity target results that were based on the program’s previous equity target-setting methodology, which is no longer in effect as of June 2021.

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, and 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 racialized 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 the time the data was published in May 2017.

Table 12: Representation of four designated groups among Canada Research Chairs in 2009 by institution sizeFootnote 2
- Total institutions Total chairs Women Racialized 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 Racialized 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 Racialized 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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