Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program offers Canadian universities the opportunity to nominate researchers for senior professorships in areas that will further the institution’s overall research priorities. Each university receives an allocation of Chairs which is proportional to the amount of recent funding the institution has received from the Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) and the institution nominates a researcher for each Chair. The institution uses Chair nominations for external recruitment or internal retention of exceptional researchers who have demonstrated research excellence and leadership and whose work is aligned with the institutional strategic priorities.

There are two levels of Chairs.

  • Tier I Chairs are outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. This type of Chair is awarded for a seven-year period and may be renewed at the discretion of the University.
  • Tier II Chairs are exceptional emerging researchers acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to become world leaders in their fields. Tier II Chairs are awarded for five years and may be renewed once at the discretion of the University.

The University of Toronto’s CRC program is administered by the University in partnership with nine affiliated hospitals in the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN).

This website complements the information provided on the University’s website and provides information specific to St. Michael’s Hospital, including postings for available CRC opportunities at St. Michael’s.

The University of Toronto together with its TAHSN partners has developed an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action PlanSt. Michael’s Hospital will work closely with the University on implementing the plan’s objectives. For more information, please consult the CRC website to learn about the Federal program’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices that aim to increase transparency within the program and which also requires firm targets to increase nationally the number of chair holders from the four designated groups as defined by the CRC program: women; Aboriginal peoples; persons with disabilities; and members of visible minorities.


Statement of Equity, Diversity and Excellence

St. Michael’s Hospital is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, and members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


Administration of CRCs

St. Michael’s Hospital follows the Federal program’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices and CRC guidelines for ensuring a fair and transparent recruitment and nomination process. Oversight of the CRC program resides in the portfolio of the Vice-President (VP) Research who works closely with the leadership at the University of Toronto.

For each CRC opportunity at St. Michael’s, the VP Research will establish a Selection Committee that meets CRC’s guidelines and will openly advertise the position. The Committee will review candidates against established criteria based closely on CRC’s evaluation criteria and make recommendations to the VP Research, who will make the final decision in collaboration with the Research Leadership Committee and the University (see guidelines for Selection Committee – link TBD).


Current CRC Opportunities at St. Michael’s Hospital

Currently, St. Michael’s Hospital invites applications to be nominated for two Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs (CRC) at the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science:

Tier 2 CRC Staff Scientist in Hematology Research

Tier 2 CRC Staff Scientist in Lung Research

Download the CRC Nominee Self-Identification Form (equity survey).


Moreover, the University of Toronto has a special call for CRC applicants from one or more of the four federally designated groups. This special call is open to all fields of study identified in the University’s Institutional Strategic Research Plan. Applicants must hold a full-time faculty appointment as an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in the tenured/tenure-stream, clinical or status-only categories at the University of Toronto. Those in the clinical or status-only categories must be employed by an affiliated institution.


Equity and Diversity Data Collection: The University of Toronto is currently working on a communication strategy to promote the importance of completing voluntary CRC Nominee Self-Identification Surveys to collect accurate data on the representation of diverse faculty at the University. Additionally, the VP Research Office at St. Michael’s Hospital is looking into developing a confidential data collection mechanism for both internal and external CRC opportunities. Currently, this information is being collected via a CRC Nominee Self-Identification Form.


CRCs at St. Michael’s Hospital

St. Michael’s currently has an allocation of eight Chairs within the University of Toronto’s CRC Program. Profiles of our Chairs are listed here.


Contact information

There are a number of mechanisms at the University of Toronto to address concerns related to equity and diversity depending on the issue, and one’s position at the University and/or St. Michael’s Hospital. For questions, feedback and suggestions about the University’s Equity, Diversity and Action Plan and its implementation, please contact Judith Chadwick, Assistant Vice-President, Research Services, University of Toronto.

Regarding questions and suggestions specific to the CRC opportunities at St. Michael’s, please contact Samar Saneinejad, Director Strategy & Commercialization, Office of Vice-President Research, St. Michael’s Hospital.

Archive of past CRC postings at St. Michael’s can be found here.

St. Michael’s Policies and Guidelines that Govern the Staffing of Faculty, Including CRCs: