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Canada Research Chair Allocation

Ryerson University is committed to research excellence, enhancing existing strengths as well as creating new opportunities with high impact in emerging areas. Our contributions to the development of innovative, inclusive research and academic programs aim to provide equitable opportunities for researchers from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of interests and expertise.

Ryerson is dedicated to fostering equity, diversity and inclusion within our community, opens in new window as an essential component of academic excellence. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and scholarship, including but not limited to Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons/visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

The allocation and management of Ryerson’s Canada Research Chairs is overseen by the Executive Committee for CRC Planning. Chaired by the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, additional members include the Provost and Vice-President, Academic or designate; the Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation; the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion; the Assistant Vice-President, International; the Vice-Provost and Dean, Graduate Studies; and a Ryerson University faculty member with an established research track record. The Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs, is an ex officio member of the committee. 

This Committee reports to the President of the university and reviews all policies and processes relating to the management of Ryerson’s allocation, including strategic decisions, renewal reviews, and allocation requests, as well as Ryerson’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and Canada's equity targets.

The staffing of Ryerson’s CRC positions is governed by the requirements of the Canada Research Chairs’ Program (CRCP), external link, opens in new window, including equity, diversity and inclusion requirements and practices, as well as by the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) Collective Agreement, opens in new window and Ryerson’s accommodation policies and procedures, opens in new window.

Ryerson’s strategies for raising awareness of equity, diversity and inclusion through the use of its CRC allocation include:

  • Making EDI concerns into evaluation criteria for all requests for allocations. Ryerson holds university-wide competitions for requests for allocations for vacant Chair positions, with published guidelines and instructions that specifically include the need to address equity, diversity and inclusion, both in terms of the proposed scholarship and in terms of the supports required to retain a Chairholder from one of the underrepresented groups throughout their career at Ryerson. A PDF filePDF of EDI guidelines, opens in new window is available to download.
  • Promoting all policy updates and the university’s progress toward targets by posting on the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation website and other available communications channels.

Equity Targets: Equity targets for the CRC Program can be found on the CRC Program’s website, external link, opens in new window. Ryerson-specific targets are available for download as a excel filespreadsheet, opens in new window.

The Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion

The Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI) has a mandate to provide strategic leadership and support for the achievement of Ryerson’s vision to be a leader in equity, diversity and inclusion, which includes infusing the values of equity, diversity and inclusion into everything we do at the university, as well as the removal of systemic barriers for our entire community.

OVPECI services include the development and implementation of initiatives, and consultation and facilitation in five areas: Aboriginal Initiatives; Access Ryerson; Education and Awareness; Human Rights Services; and Strategic Planning, Assessment and Special Projects.

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Addressing EDI-Related Concerns and Complaints about the CRC program

General concerns about equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in Ryerson's Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) may be sent confidentially to the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI) at or 416-979-5379. OVPECI staff review concerns and recommend any actions to the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (VPECI).

OVPECI solicits feedback specifically related to the CRCP through consultations on the CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and more recently through interviews conducted by OVPECI's first Equity and Community Inclusion Faculty Chair. OVPECI also solicits feedback and concerns about EDI matters on an ongoing basis throughout the university. Concerns may be relayed to the CRC Planning Executive Committee to determine if changes need to be made to the program at the university and, if so, the OVPECI will oversee those changes.

For concerns about systemic issues, the university may build content into education and awareness programming, develop tools to support hiring and promotion committees and/or make recommendations for changes to policies, collective agreements and institutional plans. The VPECI sits on the CRC Planning Executive Committee and Ryerson's Executive Committee and has the ability to bring matters, as appropriate (e.g., not confidential complaint details), to the attention of university senior management. These may include any specific recommendations to address trends or issues of concern that have been identified.

At any given time, in addition to contacting the OVPECI, CRC equity, diversity and inclusion concerns can be reported to the university through several mechanisms, such as:

Ryerson's CRC Utilization Table

Ryerson University is committed to equitable, inclusive and transparent hiring processes. Postings for CRC positions that are open to internal applicants only, to both internal and external applicants, or to external applicants only are posted publicly on the Ryerson Careers website and on this web page. In the exceptional circumstance where a CRC position is filled without a competition, through the CRCP Emergency Retention, external link, opens in new window mechanism, the university will post a statement on this web page that details: the intention to nominate an individual using the emergency retention mechanism; the justification explaining why the emergency retention mechanism is being used (while not disclosing the nominee’s personal information); confirmation that the university’s equity and diversity targets have been taken into consideration in the decision; the name and contact information of the senior level university official who has approved the decision; and the name and contact information of a university representative who can respond to questions or concerns regarding the nomination.

In the period in which we have reported, we have not had any postings that are strictly internal. All have been open to external recruitment.

Ryerson University’s CRC Utilization Table is available for download as a excel filespreadsheet, opens in new window or a PDF filetext document, opens in new window.

Ryerson’s Postings for CRC Positions

All postings are open to both internal and external candidates.

Current Postings

Archive of Previous Postings

Learn more about the Canada Research Chairs Program’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices, external link. Please see the 2019 Addendum to the 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement, external link for recent updates.