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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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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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Health & Wellness
On January 27, 2018 By J Sparling

The CAPS/ACSP Executive is working to improve the Health & Wellness Resources we provide for postdocs and to build an inclusive, supportive, and connected national community to help ensure the wellbeing of our members. The need for improved mental/emotional support was clear in the results of the CAPS/ACSP 2016 National Postdoc Survey, as many postdocs …

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2017 NPA Policy Report calls for improved compensation, benefits, and tracking of postdocs
On January 10, 2018 By J Sparling

In collaboration with Sigma XI, the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) in the US has released an institutional policy report based on a 2016 survey of 130 institutions that hire postdocs and hold NPA membership.   The key recommendations in the report are that institutions that hire postdocs should: 1) Increase the staff and budget for …

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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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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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