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Equity, diversity and inclusion


Pilot phase

The Dimensions program publicly recognize postsecondary institutions seeking to increase equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in their environments and across the research ecosystem. The program objective is to foster transformational change within the research community at Canadian postsecondary institutions by identifying and eliminating obstacles and inequities. This will support equitable access to funding opportunities, increase equitable and inclusive participation, and embed EDI-related considerations in research design and practices.

First ever pilot cohort

Two rounds of preliminary program development consultations with colleges and universities of various sizes took place in fall 2018 and winter 2019. The first round allowed the Tri-agency to form the foundations of the program. The second round focused on creating Dimensions’ unique charter, which was released on May 9, 2019.

The program was then co-developed during a pilot period with a cohort of 17 diverse postsecondary institutions from across Canada. It is intended to be “inclusive by design”—each part co-created in collaboration with those members of the research ecosystem who will use it and, hopefully, benefit from it. Co-development included pre-pandemic cross-country consultations and collaborations to develop the charter, careful ongoing discussion with academic EDI experts and leaders, and in-depth working groups focused on the program’s various components. These institutions provided extensive comments, feedback and suggestions, and they shared promising practices, expertise and valuable assistance.

Participating institutions have a unique opportunity to be among the first in Canada to be recognized for their efforts and progress made to advance EDI in the research ecosystem.

Participating institutions

  • Camosun College (British Columbia)
  • Holland College (Prince Edward Island)
  • Lethbridge College (Alberta)
  • Mohawk College (Ontario)
  • Mount Saint Vincent University (Nova Scotia)
  • Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) (Ontario)
  • Sheridan College (Ontario)
  • Simon Fraser University (British Columbia)
  • Université Laval (Québec)
  • University of British Columbia (British Columbia)
  • University of Calgary (Alberta)
  • University of New Brunswick (New Brunswick)
  • University of Ottawa (Ontario)
  • University of Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan)
  • University of Winnipeg (Manitoba)
  • Vancouver Island University (British Columbia)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario)

Selection of pilot institutions

A letter of interest process was used to select the participating institutions in the pilot to form the cohort. Consult the Dimensions letter of intent process report for more information.

Program Design Expert Committee

The mandate of the Program Design Expert Committee (PDEC) was to provide expert advice on issues of EDI throughout the development of the Dimensions pilot program. The committee reviewed and provided feedback related to EDI content, language, and approach on sections of the Dimensions handbook and other documents as they were developed in collaboration with tri-agency staff and Dimensions cohort and affiliate institutions. The committee was designed to include representation from across Canada, from various sizes and types of institutions, and from various equity-deserving groups.

Committee members

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Equity, diversity and inclusion


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