Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Dimensions: equity, diversity and inclusion Canada invites you to take part in a post-secondary transformation to increase equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and help drive deeper cultural change within the research ecosystem.
The pilot initiative is supported by the three federal research granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Sound EDI-informed policies and practices improve access to the largest pool of qualified potential participants, enhance the integrity of a program's application and selection processes, strengthen research outputs and increase the overall excellence of research. The Dimensions program addresses obstacles faced by, but not limited to, women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities/racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+ communities. It provides public recognition for institutions committed to achieving increased EDI.
Post-secondary institutions wanting to make a difference can endorse the Dimensions charter now. A cohort of 17 Canadian post-secondary institutions has been included in the Dimensions pilot program. These institutions will have the opportunity to be among the first in Canada to be publicly recognized for their efforts and their progress in increasing equity, diversity and inclusion. Selected resources and tools developed during the pilot will be accessible to all.
A thoughtful name
Dimensions recognizes that a multiplicity of perspectives, lived experiences and the overall complexity of diverse individuals foster increased research excellence, innovation and creativity within the post-secondary sector. This program takes a multidimensional approach to equity, diversity and inclusion to achieve a future research community where all can thrive.
An international call for change
Dimensions is one of the leading international programs promoting EDI in higher education, along with Athena SWAN in the United Kingdoms and Ireland, SAGE in Australia and SEA Change in the United States. The program is the result of cross-country consultations to make it uniquely adapted to the Canadian realities.