Canada Research Chair Administration at McGill

About the Canada Research Chairs Program

In 2000, the Government of Canada created a new program to establish 2000 research professorships - Canada Research Chairs - in universities across the country by 2008. The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top five countries for research and development by investing $300 million a year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds. It is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS).

The CRC program at McGill is under the purview of the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) (OPVPA). The submission process is jointly coordinated through the OPVPA and the Strategic Initiatives unit. Once awarded, the Office of Sponsored Research manages the CRC award and the Strategic Initiatives unit manages the CFI and JELF awards, if applicable.


On September 10, 2018, the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) issued revised requirements for recruiting and nominating Canada Research Chairs. These apply to all recruitment processes that began after September 10.

Please visit this page for updates and contact crc.provost [at] should you have questions.

McGill’s CRC Opportunities

McGill’s Canada Research Chair (CRC) jobs are advertised centrally on the Provost’s website. Consult the list of current and archived ads at CRC Opportunities.

McGill's Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

To achieve a more equitable, diverse and inclusive research landscape, McGill administers the Canada Research Chairs program in alignment with the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Requirements and Practices set out by the Federal program.

PDF icon McGill's Canada Research Chair Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) 2018 Action Plan articulates the University’s commitment to ensuring that recruitment to CRC positions is undertaken in a manner that ensures access to the greatest range of qualified candidates. The plan also outlines McGill's cross-cutting institutional objectives, strategies, and management of EDI across the University.

For our progress to date, please see McGill's December 2018 PDF icon Institutional Equity Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan Progress Report.

The McGill leadership team, the Standing Internal Review Committee (SIRC), and all other academic search committee members receive training about McGill's employment equity context and commitments, while also offering strategies and skills for recruiting a diverse and excellent pool of candidates. Equity sessions at McGill are also focused on raising awareness about practices that can help identify and address explicit and implicit bias in the review process, and about how to ensure a substantively fair and inclusive search process. Training sessions are accompanied by reading materials, including peer-reviewed literature, that allow members of the McGill community to explore the research demonstrative of the importance of equity in recruitment, hiring, and retention as a sound practice for enhancing excellence and as an imperative for ensuring substantive fairness in opportunities and outcomes.

The Tri-Agency Institutional Program Secretariat (TIPS) has set a methodology for institutions to establish equity and diversity targets. The program’s targets are set using an availability approach. Availability is determined by estimating the representation of a designated group within the pool of potential nominees. The percentage of the estimated representation becomes the target to be met. The difference between this target and the percentage of current Chairs who are members of that designated group becomes the equity gap to be addressed.

McGill's Equity and Diversity Targets and Gaps as of April 1, 2018 are shown below. Where no gap exists, McGill currently meets or surpasses the minimally accepted target for a Designated Group.

Designated Group





Gap (# of Chairs)






No Gap

Racialized/Visible Minorities





No Gap

Persons with Disabilities






Indigenous Persons






* Cells with fewer than 5 responses cannot be reported.


Institutions that have received an average of $100,000 or more from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) each year in the three years prior to the year of the allocation are eligible for regular Chairs.

The allocation method for regular Chairs pools together each granting agency's funding for all universities and allocates Chairs based on the portion of the granting agency's funding that each eligible institution has received. The funding received by each eligible university over three years is calculated. The portion of granting agency support that each eligible institution holds in this grand total determines the number of Chairs allocated (i.e., the percentage of funding secured = the percentage of Chairs allocated).

McGill’s chair allocation is 166 (80 Tier 1, 86 Tier 2), and its utilization is 169 (77 Tier 1, 92 Tier 2); in addition McGill received 21 new 2018 Chairs. Details a presented in McGill’s PDF icon CRC Program utilization table.