Canada Research Chairs

In 2000, the Government of Canada established the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) to attract and retain a diverse group of world class researchers to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences in Canadian postsecondary institutions.

The Government of Canada invests approximately $295 million annually in the CRCP to support 2,285 research professorships, Canada Research Chairs, at eligible postsecondary institutions. The CRCP is committed to research excellence and equity. Through this support chairholders improve our knowledge and quality of life as well as help train the next generation of highly skilled people to strengthen Canada’s international competitiveness.

Eligible postsecondary institutions receive a set number of chair allocations based on the funding received by their researchers from the three federal research granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR); the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC); and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (the agencies). 

Mount Royal University has been allocated 5 Tier 2 Chairs.

Tier 2 Chairs
  • Targeted at outstanding exceptional emerging researchers acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to to lead in their fields
  • Tenable for 5 years 
  • Eligible to be renewed once at the discretion of the faculty and university

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

The CRCP is committed to research excellence and acknowledges that achieving equitable, diverse and inclusive Canadian research enterprise is also essential to creating the excellent, innovative and impactful research necessary to seize opportunities and for responding to global challenges. As such, the program is committed to the federal government’s policies on non-discrimination and employment equity. 

Postsecondary institutions participating in the CRCP must commit to providing a supportive and inclusive workplace.

CRCP’s EDI requirements and practices


Public accountability transparency

In accordance with CRCP’s public accountability and transparency requirements, Mount Royal University is required to publish information related to the management of our chair allocations.


MRU's CRCP EDI Contact

For more information on MRU's CRCP EDI agenda contact:

Connie Van der Byl, PhD

Associate Vice-President, Research, Scholarship an Community Engagement

(403) 440-7017