Publications

Official documents produced by CAPS/ACSP or shared by request

Canadian PhD Skills & Careers Survey – Now Open!
On September 30, 2018 By J Sparling

In collaboration with CAPS/ACSP, Mitacs, and Finance Montréal,  Adoc Talent Management has now launched the largest survey on the skills and professional careers of Canadian PhDs ever conducted: The PhDetectives Survey! This survey is aimed at doctoral graduates (since 1988) as well as those in the process of completing their PhD. A complementary survey is being conducted with employers …

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CAPS/ACSP Report – 2018 Canada Research Coordinating Committee Consultation
On September 22, 2018 By J Sparling

In July 2018, the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) launched a national consultation requesting input from Canadian scientists and the general public regarding approaches and plans to ‘reinvigorate Canada’s support for science and position Canada as a global leader in research excellence.” CAPS/ACSP chose to participate in this consultation by focusing on the “Support for early career …

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CAPS/ACSP 2019 Pre-Budget Brief: Investing in Canada’s Postdoctoral Training System
On September 02, 2018 By J Sparling

With respect to advocating for postdocs at the federal level, there are few opportunities that surpass that offered by engaging in Federal Budget consultations. Towards that goal, CAPS/ACSP recently submitted a Pre-Budget Brief in advance of the 2019 Federal Budget to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Finance (FINA). Our brief focused on identifying …

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CAPS/ACSP 2018 Canadian Postdoctoral Immigration Report – Submission to IRCC
On September 02, 2018 By J Sparling

In July 2018 Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requested input from CAPS/ACSP regarding current immigration and work authorization policies and the impact of those policies on international postdocs working in Canada. To maximize input from international postdocs and ensure that we capture all the major challenges related to postdoc immigration, CAPS/ACSP conducted the 2018 …

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Reminder: the 2017 CPP/EI Rulings Deadline is June 30, 2018
On June 20, 2018 By J Sparling

This post is to remind all postdocs working in Canada about the deadline to apply for a ruling from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the purposes of gaining access to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI) statutory benefits programs (i.e., a CPP/EI Ruling). The deadline to apply to the CRA for …

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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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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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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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Canada’s Fundamental Science Review: How you can help to #SupportTheReport
On June 18, 2017 By J Sparling

Release of the Naylor Report The Advisory Panel for Canada’s Fundamental Science Review headed by Dr. David Naylor officially submitted its final report to the Government of Canada on April 10th, 2017. The report entitled INVESTING IN CANADA’S FUTURE: Strengthening the Foundations of Canadian Research (aka: the Naylor Report) provides a comprehensive list of evidence-based …

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CAPS/ACSP Submission to the Advisory Panel for Canada’s Fundamental Science Review
On June 18, 2017 By J Sparling

In the fall of 2016 the CAPS/ACSP Executive Council submitted a report to the Science Secretariat in response to a request for input from the Chair of the Advisory Panel for Canada’s Fundamental Science Review, Dr. David Naylor. This was one of many reports submitted during the Advisory Panel’s consultation process, but unlike most groups, …

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