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 or on the CRCP website.

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 January 1, 2019. To contextualize these numbers, please see the overall statistics for the Canada Research Chair Program across the nation.

Women Members of Visible Minorities Persons with Disabilities Indigenous Peoples
Target in Chairs Number of Chairs Target in Chairs Number of Chairs Target in Chairs Number of Chairs Target in Chairs Number of Chairs
13 15 6 9 2 (see below) 0 (see below)

§ 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. This data reflects targets at March 15, 2021, and will be updated by July 2, 2021, to reflect new targets set March 16, 2021.

Queen’s University is pleased to note that its continued efforts to promote equity were recognized with the October 2017 Employment Equity Achievement Award in the Innovation category from Employment and Social Development Canada.  The award recognizes employers who have been innovative in the implementation of employment equity and, specifically, acknowledges Queen’s guiding Accessibility Framework as well as the Employment Equity Framework, and initiatives such as the Diversity and Equity Assessment and Planning (DEAP) tool. 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

Canada Research Chair postings at Queen’s University are included on the university’s Faculty Recruitment website, categorized by academic unit.   Academic units also employ a variety of strategies to ensure a diverse applicant pool, including posting to job boards and list serves of academic organizations of equity seeking groups, and ensuring that all postings are also hosted on Equitek, a national job board that proactively distributes employment postings to underrepresented demographics across Canada. A list of open and archived (last three years) postings is available at the CRC Recruitment and Retention page.


Queen's University Canada Research Chair Holders

The Queen’s University Canada Research Chair CRC utilization spreadsheet (PDF 50 KB) 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