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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

The EDI Action Plan

The research enterprise at SickKids greatly benefits from funding support through the federal Tri-Agencies, (Canadian Institutes of Health Research [CIHR], Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada [NSERC] and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada [SSHRC]), and Tri-Agency programs including the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP). As a condition of eligibility for funding through these agencies, SickKids needs to maintain a defined EDI Action Plan which promotes an enabling environment for diversity and inclusion that complies with accepted EDI standards and protocols.

The SickKids EDI Action Plan (EDIAP) is designed to engender a robust EDI culture across the research enterprise at SickKids, which recognizes the multiple identities and intersectionalities of our trainees, staff, and faculty, some of whom hold a Canada Research Chair (CRC) appointment.  

The EDIAP is intended to establish a framework to:

  1. adopt a best practice approach to equity, diversity and inclusion;
  2. harness the synergies and build on the strengths of our diverse workforce;
  3. identify, address and remove persistent systemic biases and barriers, which undermine EDI best practice, and impede research excellence;
  4. ensure our Canada Research Chairholders are representative of individuals from the current Four Designated Canadian employment equity Groups (FDGs), including persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities/racialized persons and women, and the LGBTQ+ community.  

All details can be found in the EDI Action Plan.

For more information about the Program’s commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion, please consult the following: