Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


Pilot program

The Dimensions program is intended to publicly recognize post-secondary 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 post-secondary 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.

To receive recognition through this program, institutions will be inclusive of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups, including but not limited to: women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities/racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+ communities, as well as individuals who identify as, or belong to, more than one of these groups. Participation is voluntary and no funding is attached.

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. They are also expected to help further develop the program’s design and delivery by providing relevant feedback to the Tri-agency Dimensions team. Staff of the three federal granting agencies will provide support throughout the pilot process over approximately two years as the institutions prepare their full applications to obtain formal recognition.

First ever pilot cohort

Starting in September 2019, 17 Canadian post-secondary institutions will each develop a self-assessment team to coordinate the EDI data collection, analysis and action planning as part of the pilot program. They will benefit from workshops and guidance from EDI experts. During the pilot stage, quantitative and qualitative EDI data must be collected and analyzed, and an in-depth reflective assessment of the institution’s systems, practices and culture will be performed. This will lead to the development of an action plan with goals based on identified gaps, barriers and trends.

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)

Program Design Expert Committee

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


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