Publications & Resources

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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Changes to CAPS/ACSP Membership and Email Lists
On March 25, 2017 By J Sparling

CAPS/ACSP has revised our membership structure and email list access to accommodate: – Current postdocs (Active Members) – Former postdocs (Alumni Members) – All other interested parties (Adjunct Members) We also added Affiliation forms so groups/organizations (e.g., PDAs, PDOs, etc.) can now register as CAPS/ACSP-Affiliates for the purposes of recognition and information sharing. All current …

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Alberta Postdoctoral Associations Advocate for Employee Status and Uniform Provincial Policies
On January 26, 2017 By J Sparling

In April 2016 the Presidents of the Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary (PDAC), the University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellows Association (PDFA), and the University of Lethbridge Postdoctoral Fellows Association (ULPA) submitted a letter to the Alberta Government requesting a meeting with the Province to discuss much-needed improvements in postdoctoral policy on behalf of …

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2016 Canadian National Postdoctoral Survey Results
On November 19, 2016 By J Sparling

CAPS-ACSP is excited to officially release the 2016 Canadian National Postdoc Survey Report and Executive Summary. The survey and report were funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The survey covered a wide range …

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A Unique Approach to the Start-Up is Ideal for Young Researchers
On October 08, 2016 By J Sparling

Over my years working with CAPS/ACSP (2011 – present), I have all-to-frequently witnessed postdocs frustrated with their employment opportunities. Both the 2013 CAPS/ACSP Postdoctoral Survey and the forthcoming 2016 survey (ask me in November) show that roughly 75% of postdocs are looking for a permanent position in the academy. Unfortunately, the reality is that there …

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CRA Employment Status Rulings: Important information for all postdocs working in Canada
On June 17, 2016 By J Sparling

As a member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars / Association Canadienne des Stagiaires Postdoctoraux (CAPS/ACSP), I regularly respond to emails from postdocs working all over Canada, who contact our organization for assistance and advice. Far too often those emails are from postdocs who are pregnant (or their friends or colleagues), who contact us seeking information about sources of funds for support during maternity leave. I am sure that many of you know postdocs working in Canada who have faced these or similar challenges related