The Government of Canada announced the creation of a new $10M fund to foster equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research and unveiled its draft Made-in-Canada Athena SWAN Charte to reflect Canada’s diverse reality and help further Canada’s goals of addressing EDI in its laboratories and classrooms.
On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, unveiled the draft Made-in-Canada Athena SWAN Charter, and announced the creation of a new fund to foster equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research.
The Charter reflects Canada’s diverse reality and will help further Canada’s goals of addressing EDI in our laboratories and classrooms. It is based on the internationally recognized United Kingdom Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network). The draft charter was developed following extensive consultation with Canada’s research community, and been adapted to reflect Canada’s rich diversity. Another round of consultation will begin next week to allow under-represented groups and academic institutions to provide feedback on the draft Charter.
New funding of $10 million over five years will provide EDI Institutional Capacity-Building grants to help post-secondary institutions across Canada embrace and increase diversity. Institutions may request up to $200,000 per year for up to two years for projects to develop and implement EDI policies, plans, and training.
The announcements coincided with launching the next phase of #ChooseScience, a national social media campaign to encourage girls and young women to enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The campaign and its accompanying website aim to engage young women in science, through home-based experiments, citizen science projects and testimonials from Canadian women working in STEM.