Statement of Commitment
Governance Plan for approving CRC EDI Action Plan
Report on Action Plan
Addressing EDI concerns
Policies and Processes that Govern the Staffing of Canada Research Chairs
External and Internal CRC Postings
University of Manitoba is firmly committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion within the Canada Research Chairs program. This statement expresses our ongoing commitment to fostering a culture where all people feel valued, respected and included. Three of our institutional priorities, Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achievement, Building Community that creates an outstanding learning and working environment and Forging Connections to foster high impact community engagement in the Strategic Plan guide and direct our approaches to creating an inclusive and diverse environment.
In accordance with our equity, diversity and inclusion priorities, we are committed to ensuring that all Canada Research Chair applicants have fair and equitable access to opportunities throughout hiring, retention and advancement. Racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous Peoples, Persons with Disabilities and Women have traditionally and are currently underrepresented in the Canadian workforce. The University of Manitoba acknowledges that strategies are necessary to ensure that researchers who are members of these groups are better represented among nominations for Canada Research Chair positions.
We all benefit from the social and economic advantages of an inclusive culture by drawing on the skills of all people. The University of Manitoba is committed to improving the governance, transparency and monitoring of equity, diversity and inclusion within the Canada Research Chair program. This includes actions that will support us in making swift progress towards meeting and exceeding our targets, in addition to ensuring that the essential principles of equity, diversity and inclusion are strengthened within the program.
Strategies as per the University of Manitoba’s Strategic Research Plan:
In addition to the strategies within the Strategic Research Plan, the following strategies are or will be employed to generate awareness of equity, diversity and inclusion:
The Office of the Vice-President (Research and International) (VPRI) initiated the development of a working group to respond to the Canada Research Chair Program’s call for an Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan for Management of the University of Manitoba’s Canada’s Research Chairs. The working group is comprised of current Canada Research Chair holders, the Vice-President (Research and International), the Associate Vice-President (Research), the Associated Vice-President (Academic), the Diversity Consultant and members of the designated groups. Sub-committees were struck to complete an employment systems review and environmental scan in order to provide relevant and meaningful information to the working group. The Office of Research Services conducted a comparative review that will also inform the overall action plan. The working group will present the action plan to the Vice-President (Research and International) and the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) for approval. The VPRI will be responsible for communicating the objectives of the plan to the university community and will be accountable for the implementation of the plan.
Terms of Reference:
Canada Research Chair Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan Working Group
The Canada Research Chair Program (CRCP) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan requires that institutions develop their own equity, diversity and inclusion action plans that will guide their efforts in sustaining the participation of and/or addressing the underrepresentation of individuals (based on the institution’s equity gaps) from the four designated groups (FDGs) (women, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities and visible minorities) – among their chair allocations. Three key components are required of institutions:
Role of the Working Group
The Canada Research Chair Program: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group is advisory to the Vice-President (Research and International) and Provost and Vice-President (Academic). The role of the working group is to:
a) Provide guidance and make decisions with respect to the public accountability and transparency requirements; and,
b) Contribute to the development of an Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.
The Working Group will be assigned a project manager and, if needed, other administrative supports to assist with planning, gathering information, and reporting.
Utilization spreadsheet (pdf)
1. Concerns received within the CRC recruitment process:
Any equity, diversity and/or inclusion concerns raised or received during the recruitment process will be monitored, addressed and reported by way of the Equivalent Equity Officer (EEO) on each search committee. Each step of the recruitment process is monitored and approved by the EEO before moving forward to the next step; accordingly, any concerns raised or received will be handled within this process.
2. Concerns received outside of the recruitment process:
Any equity, diversity and/or inclusion concerns raised or received outside of the recruitment process may be monitored, addressed and reported using the following approaches or combination of approaches:
EDI Contact Information
For further information related to equity, diversity and inclusion for the CRC process at the University of Manitoba, please contact:
For general EDI queries:
Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator
Diversity & Inclusion Consultant