Publications & Resources

Nature Launches Online Hub for Canadian Science Careers!
On March 07, 2019 By J Sparling

The CAPS/ACSP Executive is excited to announce the launch of a new website focused on career development for researchers in Canada: The site can be found here: https://naturecareerscanada.com/ We hope you will take a moment to bookmark it today and share this message with any friends or peers who may be interested! More information from …

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CAPS/ACSP National Health / Dental Insurance Plan – UPDATED!
On November 20, 2018 By J Sparling

CAPS/ACSP now offers health/dental insurance plans for our Contributing Members through Manulife’s Association Plans with Specialized Benefits Inc. acting as our insurance advisor/broker. Contributing 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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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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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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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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Career Development Resources
On January 07, 2018 By J Sparling

    Introducing a new website designed to deliver a regional resource for Canadian scientists to manage and develop their careers with tailored advice, content and opportunities, offering them vital support throughout their working life. https://naturecareerscanada.com/ The website is designed to act as a hub for researcher career development in Canada by providing cross-disciplinary: News and …

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