Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP)

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) was created by the Government of Canada in 2000 with the purpose of the establishment of 2,000 research chairs – Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) –  at universities across Canada. To mark its 20th anniversary , in 2020, the program has been rebranded with a fresh, vibrant look as it enters its third decade.

CRCs represent research excellence in all disciplines and have the objective of improving our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthening Canada's international competitiveness, and training the next generation of highly skilled individuals.

There are two different types of CRCs:

  • Tier 1 Chairs, tenable for seven years and renewable, are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. For each Tier 1 Chair, the university receives $200,000 annually for seven years.
  • Tier 2 Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. For each Tier 2 Chair, the university receives $100,000 annually for five years.

From the Canada Research Chair Program website 

Names of the active CRCs at Queen’s .

 Queen's Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Queen’s is committed to excellence in research and research training for the benefit of Canadians and to achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise.

(For the entire statement approved by Queen's University Senate, see the CRC Equity Action Plan page)

Canada Research Chair Program: Equity Targets for Queen's University

Queen’s University equity targets§ and the number of chair holders for each of the Four Designated Groups (FDGs) are summarized in the chart below – these data can also be found on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices Canada Research Chairs website .  The information in the table below reflects the number of individuals who self-identified, using the I Count Queen’s Equity Census, as members of the Four Designated Groups, as of July 27, 2022.

To contextualize these numbers, please see the overall statistics  for the Canada Research Chair Program across the nation.

Queen's University Equity Targets for the 2021-2029 Period

Equity Target Deadlines  Indigenous Peoples Persons with disabilities Racialized Minorities Women
Target % Target Chair # Target % Target Chair # Target % Target Chair # Target % Target Chair #
December 2022 1.50% 1 4.50% 2 16.00% 7 33.00% 15
December 2025 2.25% 1 5.25% 2 17.50% 8 37.00% 17
December 2027 3.50% 2 6.25% 3 19.90% 9 44.00% 20
December 2029 4.90% 2 7.50% 4 22.00% 10 50.90% 23

Queen's representation of individuals from the four designated groups within active CRC chairs as of July 27, 2022

  Indigenous Peoples Persons with disabilities Racialized Minorities Women
Count (see below)* (see below)* 7 15

§ Target setting methodology is found at Establishing equity and diversity targets page on the Canada Research Chairs website 
* Numbers lower than five were removed to protect the privacy of Canada Research Chair holders.

Note: This chart includes only nominations that have been publicly announced by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat. These data reflect targets at July 27, 2022.

Queen’s University is pleased to note that its continued efforts to promote equity were recognized with the October 2017 Employment Equity Achievement Award . DEAP is a web-based application that allows academic units to assess their progress on educational equity based on twelve indicators of equity, including employment equity; well over 40% of academic units are currently using the DEAP.


CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

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CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Progress Report

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2019 Addendum to 2006 Canadian Human Rights Settlement Agreement

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Canada Research Chair Recruitment

As of September 2018, The Canada Research Chair Program has implemented new institutional requirements for recruiting and nominating Canada Research Chairs  as an update to the program’s Guidelines for ensuring a fair and transparent recruitment and nomination process (implemented in 2011) and which are being implemented as part of its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.

Canada Research Chair postings at Queen’s University are included on the university’s Faculty Recruitment website  page.

Canada Excellence Research Chair Recruitment

Queen’s is seeking world-leading researchers in areas of:

  • Cell-Immunotherapy 
  • Impact of Radiation in Energy & Advanced Technologies
  • Precision Nanomaterials & Nanomedicine
  • World Constitutions

View Canada Excellence Research Chair opportunities

Queen's University Canada Research Chair Holders

The Queen’s University Canada Research Chair utilization spreadsheet is maintained by the Canada Research Chair Program and includes the number of Canada Research Chairs allocated to Queen’s, how many are filled and by whom, and types of “flex” moves. Profiles of CRCs, Canada Excellence Research Chairs and Canada 150 Research Chairs at Queen's are highlighted at the Research at Queen's .

Monitoring and updating of this plan

The Vice-Principal Research is responsible for ongoing monitoring and updating of this plan and, in concert with other units (e.g., the Provost’s Office, the Human Rights and Equity Office, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, deans, associate deans and departments/units), ensures that the plan is successfully enacted.

For more information on the implementation of Queen’s CRC Equity Action Plan or Queen’s equity, diversity and inclusion agenda, please contact one of the following individuals:

  • Vice-Principal Research
    Richardson Hall Room 215
  • Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion):
    74 University Avenue, Room 353, Richardson Hall
    Queen's University at Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
    Phone: 613-533-2020
  • Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion)
    Human Rights Office
    B506 Mackintosh-Corry Hall
    Telephone: 613-533-6886


The Institutional Strategic Research Committee (ISRC), led from the Vice-Principal Research portfolio, has the responsibility of monitoring concerns and working collaboratively with the Provost’s Office, the Human Rights and Equity Office, and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives to address concerns or complaints if they do arise.  

To report a concern to the ISRC, please contact the  Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion).