The University of Toronto’s Canada Research Chair program is administered by the University in partnership with nine affiliated hospitals in the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TASHN).
The University of Toronto’s Canada Research Chair (CRC) program is administered by the University in partnership with nine affiliated hospitals in the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TASHN).
This website complements the information provided on the University’s CRC website and provides information specific to UHN, including postings for available Canada Research Chair opportunities at UHN.
UHN is working with its TASHN partners to develop an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan with regard to the CRC Program. Please consult the CRC website to learn more about the Federal program’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices that aim to increase transparency within the program and increase nationally the number of chair holders from the four designated groups as defined by the CRC program: women; Aboriginal peoples; persons with disabilities; and members of visible minorities.
- UHN’s Equity and Inclusion Commitment
UHN is a respectful, caring and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity.
We value the inherent worth of every individual irrespective of race, skin colour, ethnic background, religious observance, spiritual practice, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, economic status and other individual differences.
We believe that our differences serve to enrich our environment, enhancing our ability to develop creative and innovative solutions as we strive to provide exemplary patient care, research and education.
We recognize that the responsibility to create this culture rests with each of us; that each individual is personally responsible for ensuring that these values are upheld, and to that end we hold ourselves and each other accountable.
UHN’s commitment to diversity and inclusion champions efforts to create an accessible, inclusive, respectful and welcoming service, work, and learning environment. These efforts include:
- affinity and advisory groups such as Accessibility Council, Asian Heritage, Black Legacy Committee, the Indigenous Council at UHN and the LGBTQ2S+ Committee;
- policies such as the Gender Identity policy;
- cultural competency training in LGBTQ2S;
- a multi-year plan commitment to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act; and
- a dedicated diversity advisory team within Human Resources to assist all within the UHN community.
- About U of T’s CRCs
Canada Research Chairs are held by tenure-stream faculty at the University of Toronto (U of T) and clinician-scientists employed by nine affiliated hospitals within the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN).
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan
UHN’s commitment to diversity and inclusion champions efforts to create an accessible, inclusive, respectful and welcoming service, work, and learning environment. As part of this commitment, UHN adheres to the principles of the Canada Research Chairs Program, addressing the underrepresentation of the Four Designated Groups (FDG’s)—women, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples and members of visible minorities.
As a hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, UHN follows the University-wide Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan in the service of improving the number of underrepresented groups in Canada Research Chair positions.
The following comprises processes specific to UHN that complement those of the University of Toronto.
Process for Nominations of CRC positions at UHN
CRCs are allocated to UHN by the University of Toronto based on a rolling three-year average of eligible tri-council funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. This allocation to UHN is maintained and communicated by the University of Toronto.
Within UHN, CRCs are selected through an open, competitive process led by a combination of each Institute’s Director, Research Council Members, Appointments Committee Members and/or ad hoc Search Committee Members as appropriate. Each member of the Search Committee will receive unconscious bias training and be aware of UHN’s internal policies and procedures regarding diversity, equity and inclusion, the effect of legitimate career interruptions and personal circumstances on a researcher’s record of achievement, the CRC Program’s expectations for a fair and transparent nomination process, the representation gap in the four designated groups among the University of Toronto’s CRC holders, and the University of Toronto’s strategy to address any underrepresentation of the four designated groups as per its target-setting exercise submitted to the CRC Program. The Executive Vice President, Science & Research (EVPSR) will receive ‘unconscious bias’ training, be made aware of best practices associated with selecting candidates from under-represented groups, and will be kept apprised of all emerging and final CRC nominations at UHN.
UHN will beginto to explore the following within the first year of the plan:
- Creating a mentorship program for early-career researchers
- Providing career development for early and mid-career researchers
- Implementing a training program on unconscious bias in the selection process
- Applying equity principles and best practices to all new recruitments for appointed researchers
Continuing to Build a Supportive and Inclusive Environment
The following are ongoing initiatives at UHN:
- UHN has several affinity and advisory groups, such as the UHN Accessibility Council, Asian Heritage Committee, Black Legacy Committee, the Indigenous Council at UHN and the LGBTQ2S+ Committee
- Policies, such as the Fostering Respect in the Workplace policy and the Gender Identity policy
- Cultural competency training in LGBTQ2S
- A multi-year plan commitment to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
- A dedicated diversity advisory team within Human Resources to assist all within the UHN community
- Current CRC Opportunities at UHNThere are currently no CRC opportunitites.
- Contact Us
For questions, feedback and suggestions about the CRC program at U of T and the Equity, Diversity and Action Plan and its implementation, please contact:
Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation
For questions, feedback and suggestions about the CRC program at UHN, please contact:
Additional resources related to equity and diversity at UHN:
UHN Diversity & Mediation Services (intranet only)