Canada Research Chairs Program

On May 4, 2017, the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) launched its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan focused on improving the program’s governance, transparency, and monitoring of its measures and on addressing its long-standing equity, diversity, and inclusion challenges. The 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement builds on this Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan. Please consult the Program Representation Statistics, the Program’s population-based Institutional Equity Targets 2021-29, and information on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Requirements and Practices.

Carleton University Commitment Statement

Carleton University is strongly committed to principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to, women; racialized persons; First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.

We are firmly committed to upholding and promoting the University’s Human Rights Policies and Procedures, approved by the Board of Governors and Senate in 2001 and updated in 2010. Carleton seeks to advance the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion: the comprehensive Carleton University Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan, launched in March 2021, outlines ways of achieving this goal throughout the University, and our Carleton University Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, approved in 2018 and revised in 2019, performs a similar role in relation to our implementation of the Canada Research Chairs Program.

Carleton University adheres rigorously to the program requirements for recruiting and nominating Canada Research Chairs.

Strategy for Raising Awareness

Carleton uses a number of strategies to raise awareness of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in its Canada Research Chair (CRC) Program. These strategies begin with the initial allocation of vacant Chair positions. When a CRC position becomes available, interested Faculties must compete for it by submitting a formal written request to the Vice-President (Research and International). A mandatory criterion for this request is that the Faculty provide a detailed description of how the intended field of research will attract a diverse pool of candidates and how the University’s EDI objectives will be advanced through the allocation of the Chair. This emphasis continues throughout the recruitment and hiring process, with mandatory training through Equity and Inclusive Communities for all persons involved, and an Equity Champion actively participating on the hiring committee at every stage of the process. The Equity Champion raises awareness, ensures that EDI principles, practices, and considerations are at the forefront of all discussions and decisions, and carefully documents both processes and decisions on these matters for the permanent record.

Following a robust consultation, the University launched its Carleton University Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan in March 2021. This plan commits to further enhancing student supports, research infrastructure, leadership development for academic and non-academic staff, and organizational culture, raising awareness of the Institution’s commitment to and the benefits of EDI throughout the University and in the specific context of the Canada Research Chairs Program.


The development of our Carleton University Canada Research Chairs Program Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan (CRC EDI Action Plan) was led by the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International), with support from the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Office of the Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Planning) Faculty Affairs, and the Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities. The plan was approved in 2018 according to the governance processes and practices of Carleton University, with final approval provided by Carleton’s President and Vice-Presidents.

Contact Information

For information or to express comments or concerns about Carleton University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion agenda, or about equity and diversity in the Canada Research Program at Carleton or throughout the University as a whole, please contact the Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusive Communities.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Concerns

Mechanisms for the Handling of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Concerns

Carleton’s Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities (EIC) provides fair and impartial resolution of human rights-related concerns and complaints from faculty, staff, and students.

As required by provincial human rights legislation and related University policies, principally Carleton University’s Human Rights and Procedures policy, EIC responds to and receives concerns and complaints of harassment and discrimination on the grounds of age, race, citizenship, creed (including religious and non-religious systems of belief), disability (including mental health and addictions), family status (including pregnancy and care-giver responsibility), marital status, gender identity/expression, sex, and sexual orientation.

EIC provides confidential and non-adversarial informal complaint services using a variety of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms including negotiation and mediation. EIC collaborates with the parties to prevent escalation wherever possible, empower and educate community members as to their rights and responsibilities, and assist in the timely resolution of human rights issues.

Individual as well as systemic formal complaints of harassment and discrimination may be received by EIC and are resolved in accordance with the University’s Human Rights and Procedures policy.

Concerns about equity, diversity, and inclusion can be directed to the Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusive Communities, a member of senior management who reports directly to the Provost:

Noël Badiou, Associate Vice-President
Equity and Inclusive Communities
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 5622

Carleton University Equity Targets and Gaps for Each of the Four Designated Groups

Carleton University Canada Research Chairs Equity Targets and Gaps (as of July 1, 2023)

Results Dec.2025 Target (%) Dec.2025 Target (Actual #) Representation (Actual #) Gap (Actual #)
Women and gender equity-seeking groups 37% 8 11 no gap
Racialized individuals 17.5% 4 9 no gap
Persons with disabilities 5.3% 1 * *
Indigenous peoples 0% 1 * *

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

Policies and Procedures Governing Staffing the CRC Positions at Carleton University

Carleton Canada Research Chairs Utilization Spreadsheet

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Transparency Statement/Posting for Internal Retention

All CRC positions at Carleton, whether Tier I or Tier II, without exception, are posted externally.

Canada Research Chairs Program Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Requirements and Practices Pages

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) has developed a detailed Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Practices program. All universities with Canada Research Chairs are required to adhere to its provisions. Those universities with five or more Canada Research Chairs in their Institutions must comply with all facets of the program. Carleton University is among these, and fully endorses the CRCP’s requirements.

Please see the CRCP Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Requirements and Practices, the CRCP Requirements for Recruiting and Nominating Canada Research Chairs and the 2019 Amendment to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement.

Canada Research Chairs Program Statistics

The Canada Research Chairs Program has published comprehensive statistics on program representation across the country.

Progress Reports