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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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Free PAW 2018 Webinars for CAPS/ACSP Members
On September 09, 2018 By J Sparling

In honour of Postdoc Appreciation Week 2018 (PAW 2018), CAPS/ACSP is holding a free webinar for members each day from Monday, September 17th to Friday, September 21st. To register for one of the webinars simply click on the appropriate image below to be redirected to the registration page. PAW 2018 Webinar Schedule:       …

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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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CAPS/ACSP National Health / Dental Insurance Plans
On August 31, 2018 By J Sparling

CAPS/ACSP is now offering health/dental insurance plans for our members through Manulife’s Association Plans with Specialized Benefits Inc. acting as our insurance advisor/broker. CAPS/ACSP Members have access to over 20 different Health/Dental Insurance Plans through Manulife, starting at $55/month and offering coverage related to: prescription drugs; eye exams; dental visits; massage; chiropractic; emergency transport (ambulance); …

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CAPS/ACSP Launches Contributing Member & Affiliate Plan
On August 30, 2018 By J Sparling

CAPS/ACSP is proud to announce the launch of our CONTRIBUTING MEMBER & AFFILIATE PLAN! CAPS/ACSP regular membership and organizational affiliation remains free of charge and provides access to rights (e.g., election/voting rights; eligibility determined by membership type) and CAPS/ACSP mailing lists. The new Contributing Member/Affiliate status is optional and simply gives current and former postdoc …

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Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) Consultation
On July 30, 2018 By J Sparling

The Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) has launched a national consultation to reinvigorate Canada’s support for science and to position Canada as a global leader in research excellence. CAPS/ACSP encourages all postdocs working in Canada and Canadian postdocs working abroad to participate in this consultation – particularly the section on “Support for early career researchers”. Click here …

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CAPS/ACSP Announces Partnership with the NPA
On July 30, 2018 By J Sparling

CAPS/ACSP is proud to announce a new international partnership with the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) in the United States. CAPS/ACSP works to improve the lives, training, and work experience of all Canadian postdocs through advocacy, the maintenance of a strong postdoc community, and by providing information, resources, and support for postdocs working in Canada and …

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UPDATE: National Health/Dental Insurance Plan for Postdocs
On July 21, 2018 By J Sparling

After over a year of effort, the CAPS/ACSP Executive Council has finally managed to find a suitable National Health/Dental Insurance Plan to offer postdocs. The anticipated launch date is: September 1st, 2018 Although we did not end up needing to request additional input or assistance from members, the Executive Council would like to thank the …

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Canadian Immigration Consultation
On July 16, 2018 By J Sparling

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has requested input from CAPS/ACSP regarding current immigration 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, the CAPS/ACSP Executive designed the following survey: CANADIAN IMMIGRATION …

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