Public Accountability and Transparency

The University of Guelph shares with the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. The University’s Inclusion Framework recognizes:

An inclusive campus is an environment where every member is a valued contributor. It is a campus that anticipates and encourages diverse perspectives, and leverages them to drive creativity and innovation.

To raise awareness of CRCP’s commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) the University has:

  • Established the CRC Advisory Committee whose mandate includes advising the Provost and VPA and the VPR as to consistency of recruitment and nomination processes with the University’s strategy and commitment to address any representation gap for the four designated groups (women, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal Peoples, and visible minorities), as per the results of tri-annual target setting exercise.
  • Publicized policy updates and progress against targets via the Office of Research communications platform, Research Alerts and the University of Guelph intranet.

Responsibility for implementing and monitoring the University’s EDI agenda

The Office of Diversity and Human Rights (DHR) is an independent and impartial office reporting directly to the University President. DHR's broad mandate is to coordinate, evaluate, and report on the University's institutional equity and inclusion activities, and to promote the fundamental rights and responsibilities guaranteed by Ontario's Human Rights (Code), as well as the fundamental values of its inclusive framework.

The Office administers the University's Human Rights Policy and its procedures for addressing and resolving questions, concerns, and complaints about harassment and discrimination under the Code. DHR works with senior administrators, and other persons in positions of power, trust, and authority to identify and resolve questions, concerns, and complaints about individual courses of conduct, or the application of any University policy or procedure that may discriminate against persons protected by the Code.

Through its client centered approach to issue resolution, DHR documents and triages all inquiries, questions, and complaints from the community. This allows its front line staff to quickly identify issues that are suitable for early resolution, and those that are more complex, or potentially systemic in nature, that may require an investigation, high level consultation, or other form of escalated review by the Assistant Vice-President, DHR or other senior administrators.

In that DHR exists within a broader, University wide system of supports and services, its overall goal is to clearly explain the role and function of the office, the principles of the Code, and to link community members to the form of assistance and support, with the most potential to address their identified needs.

In order to achieve these objectives, DHR gathers information through a variety of means, including confidential discussions with concerned parties; informal inquiries with other University resources; and through regular case assessment; issue trends analysis; and media monitoring.

This systematic approach to information gathering, helps identify systemic issues, and highlight unanticipated community or external incidents that may give rise to discriminatory impacts on community members protected under by Code.

In situations where a human rights process appears to be the the best way forward, DHR employs a range of informal or formal approaches to to issue resolution - which may include simple referrals, various alternative dispute resolution methods, investigation, and or consultation with the various administrators, committees and other groups that administer the University's various policies and procedures.

In concert with its issue resolution and oversight functions, DHR also provides strategic support, advice, and leadership for the University's institutional compliance, surveying, and reporting activities in the areas of accessibility, employment, fair trade, and educational equity under all applicable Provincial or Federal legislation, which includes the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Federal Contractor's (employment equity) Program.

In accordance with the remedial intent of the Code, DHR also develops, facilitates, and lends its professional expertise to education, training, and outreach initiatives that promote the University's inclusive values, as they relate to our hiring and procurement practices, teaching methods, communication - among many, many other topics.

Established in 1996, as one of the first offices of its kind, the DHR is located in Fielding House, on the north end of the main campus. DHR can be reached at dhrinfo@uoguelph.ca; 519 824-4120, ext 53000.

Information, reports, and policies pertaining to DHR's compliance, issue resolution, education and outreach activities can be found on the Office of Diversity and Human Rights website.

EDI Action Plan

The university’s CRC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan was published in December 2017 and updated in December 2018.  It includes the university’s equity targets, and details actions the university is taking to implement EDI principles in the management of its CRC allocation in alignment with the CRC Best Practices Guide for Recruitment, Hiring and Retention.

The Provost & Vice-President (Academic) (VPA) and Vice-President (Research) (VPR) share responsibility for administration and governance of the University’s CRC program. Accordingly, the Action Plan is approved by the Provost & VPA and VPR.

The University’s CRC equity targets are set by the CRCP, using its target-setting method.   In keeping with the Privacy Act, if the actual number of chairholders who self-identified as belonging to one of the four groups is less than five, it is not provided to protect the privacy of chairholders.

University's CRC Equity Targets

Designated Group

Target

Actual

Women

8

11

Persons with Disabilities

1

n/a

Indigenous Peoples

0

n/a

Visible Minorities

4

n/a

Learn more about the program’s target-setting method.

Canada Research Chair Utilization 

The current University of Guelph Canada Research Chair utilization is available in Excel format.

Canada Research Chair Opportunities

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution. We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their letter of intent in their application or through the Applicant Tracking Questionnaire. The University of Guelph acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and encourages applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement."

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.

Ongoing positions with the Canada Research Chairs can be found at Canada Research Chair positions.