2017
Happy New Year!
On December 31, 2017 By J Sparling

To celebrate the diversity of CAPS/ACSP we recently asked members on the Postdoc Forum to tell us how to say “Happy New Year” in as many languages as they could. The result (only 4 days later) is the following Happy New Year message in 30 languages!

Happy Holidays!
On December 24, 2017 By J Sparling
Tri-Agency Update for Postdocs
On December 10, 2017 By J Sparling

The Tri-Agency (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR) kindly provided some updates on their programs and policies for the members of CAPS/ACSP in November 2017. To view a summary document describing the harmonization of policies across the agencies as well as individual agency updates, please click here.

New Report on Postdoctoral Policy in Canada Calls for Action
On October 17, 2017 By J Sparling

CAPS/ACSP is proud to share this report, written by one of the At-Large Members of our Executive, Dr. Peter Clark. The report provides a wealth of information about postdoctoral policy at the federal, provincial, institutional and funding body levels and focuses on the effect of those policies in terms of labour conditions, statutory benefits, and …

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It’s not too late to #SupportTheReport
On October 09, 2017 By J Sparling

“Implementing the recommendations made by the Advisory Panel for Canada’s Fundamental Science Review is important for all Canadians.” If you agree with that statement, then I hope you’re willing to do your part to ensure that the Government of Canada follows through on the implementation of those recommendations. It’s not too late to #SupportTheReport!! Need …

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Happy National Postdoc Appreciation Week!
On September 19, 2017 By J Sparling

                    In recognition of the National Postdoc Appreciation Week, and to acknowledge the universities, institutes/departments, PDAs, and other organizations celebrating the contributions of their postdocs this week, CAPS/ACSP presents the following list of NPAW 2017 events in Canada. To include your event(s) on this list, please …

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Alberta Postdocs Gain Employee Status and Collective Bargaining Rights
On August 02, 2017 By J Sparling

Based on input from the Postdoctoral Associations of Alberta, including the Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary (PDAC), the University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellow Association, and the University of Lethbridge Postdoctoral Fellows Association (ULPA), the Alberta Government included some major changes in postdoctoral policy in recent provincial legislation. On the afternoon of May 4th, …

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CAPS/ACSP Brief Survey: National Group Health/Dental Insurance for Postdocs
On July 05, 2017 By J Sparling

Based on benefits data from the CAPS/ACSP’s 2016 National Postdoc Survey, we estimate that of the nearly 10,000 postdocs currently working in Canada: ~4,000 postdocs have no drug plan, dental benefits, family coverage, extended health benefits, or vision coverage ~5,000 postdocs have no long-term disability or life insurance coverage This type of support is essential …

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Introducing the 2017-2018 CAPS/ACSP Executive Council
On July 05, 2017 By J Sparling

Dear Postdocs, Belated Happy Canada Day!! Thanks to all of you who voted in the 2017-2018 CAPS/ACSP Executive Council Election! The results are in and the elected positions on the 2017-2018 Executive Council will be as follows: Chair Dr. Joseph S. Sparling (University of Calgary)   Past Chair Dr. Mohamad Nadim Adi (Bitcash Inc. / …

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2016 CPP/EI Rulings Deadline: June 30, 2017
On June 27, 2017 By J Sparling

This post is to remind all postdocs working in Canada about an upcoming deadline that may be significant to anyone who is contemplating filing for a ruling from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to gain access to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI) statutory benefits programs (i.e., a CPP/EI Ruling). The deadline …

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