March 12, 2021
VANCOUVER, BC, March 12, 2021 /CNW/ – Increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in science and research enhances excellence, innovation and creativity and leads to more impactful results for all Canadians. The Government of Canada is committed to tackling challenges encountered by under-represented and disadvantaged groups, such as women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities, in Canadian research institutions and addressing the impacts on research at large.
Today, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, announced that five institutions in Western Canada are receiving Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Institutional Capacity-Building grants totalling close to $2 million. This is part of the $4.8 million in total funding being awarded through the 2020 competition to support 12 institutions across Canada as they adapt and implement changes to overcome systemic barriers, increase equity, diversity and inclusion, and create more inclusive career opportunities for researchers.