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Events

Universities Canada hosts national and international dialogues of importance to Canadians. As part of our member relations services, we also offer leadership development seminars and workshops to university presidents and senior leaders and host two membership meetings per year. These events are by invitation only.

Scholarship services: doing business with us

Learn how Universities Canada unique scholarship management expertise can work for you.

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Inspiring Futures: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships – Advanced Scholars Program

Through its international reach and research-focused programming, the QES-AS program has helped shape hundreds of global citizens equipped to find solutions to complex global development problems.

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

OTTAWA – Canada’s universities, the Rideau Hall Foundation and Canada’s community foundation network are pleased to announce that more than 1,900 scholarships for university students will be funded through the new Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships. With initial investments of more than $40 million, including $10 million from the Government of Canada, this […]

New scholarship program invests in Canada’s next global leaders

The new Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships will help develop the next generation of innovative leaders and community builders, both locally and globally, say Canada’s universities and community foundations. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) are proud to partner with the Government of Canada […]

RBC Black Youth Scholarship helps student feel seen and supported

RBC Black Youth Scholarship winner and biomedical engineering student, Jemima Okanlawon, shares what the scholarship means to her and how it will help her make a difference.

Memorial University of Newfoundland: undergraduate experience

Learning on the street Service learning enriches Memorial’s undergraduate experience What’s it like to be homeless? To have an addiction? Those are questions students at Memorial University of Newfoundland considered when they prepared and served a hot pasta lunch for over 75 community members experiencing poverty and later walked the streets of St. John’s, NL […]

RBC scholarship supports Inuit student and aspiring obstetrician

Grace Tuglavina, recipient of the RBC Future Launch Scholarship for Indigenous Youth, shares what the scholarship means to her.

New Dutch scholarships boost mobility for Canadian students

Universities Canada welcomes announcement of new scholarships honouring liberation of Netherlands OTTAWA – Canada’s universities applaud the Netherlands’ new Liberation Scholarship Program for Canadian students. The program, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, will provide 70 scholarships to Canadians to study at Dutch universities in 2015. The first six recipients were […]

BCDI 2030 launches second round of funding for scholarship projects for study in Canada

OTTAWA – The Canadian International Development Scholarships 2030 (BCDI 2030) program invites post-secondary institutions to submit applications through its second call for proposals for scholarship projects for studies in Canada, launched today. The call, worth $18 million CAD in total funding, is open to all Canadian post-secondary institutions that are members of Colleges and Institutes […]

Ryerson, Waterloo, Western, UOIT: encouraging women to consider careers in engineering

A partnership between four Ontario universities and Hydro One to encourage young women to study engineering has yielded impressive results since its inception in 2012. The project, “Hydro One Women in Engineering University Partnership”, transforms rival institutions into collaborators.

Programs and scholarships

Universities Canada manages government-funded international partnership programs and more than 120 scholarship programs on behalf of private sector companies.

First recipients of the Albert-Leblanc Scholarship

Three Indigenous law students received a scholarship awarded by the UQAM Foundation. Valued at $30,000, this scholarship aims to encourage First Nations and Inuit students from Québec to successfully study law at the Faculty of Political Science and Law.

How Queen Elizabeth Scholarships is building the next generation of leaders and community builders

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarships (QES) program provides academic, professional and cross-cultural experiences and helps create lasting local and global community engagement. To date, more than 2,200 scholarships have been awarded to inspiring future leaders. Learn more about the Queen Elizabeth Scholarships.

New Canadian scholarship program addresses inequality in developing countries

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday the launch of the Canadian International Development Scholarships 2030 program.

Liberal arts to benefit engineering

Liberal arts to benefit engineering

Memorial University research team

Early warning system for dangerous infectious diseases

New scholarship honours victims of tragedy and supports students who carry forward their legacy

Universities Canada in partnership with Transport Canada is pleased to announce the establishment of the Flight 302 Legacy Award that aims to pay tribute to the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 tragedy.

Liberal arts and engineering: a vital link

Liberal arts and engineering: a vital link

Top 5 tips for applying for a scholarship

Top 5 tips for applying for a scholarship.

Imagine the university as an economic engine

Photo: Rob Blanchard This op-ed was published in The Daily Gleaner on April 18, 2017 By Eddy Campbell, president of the University of New Brunswick Universities are often described as key supports of economic development. Which they undeniably are. But to consider them “supports” alone overlooks the potentially greater contribution universities can make as engines […]

Canadian universities work together to increase diversity in engineering and technology

Six more Canadian universities join initiative to increase academic diversity. Since its inception earlier this year, the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) PhD project, which aims to support and build a network for Indigenous and Black graduate students, has named 16 doctoral fellows and 24 mentors. 

Mosaic Excellence Scholarships for equity, diversity and inclusion

This spring, l’Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences launched new contests for the Mosaic Excellence Scholarships, which aim to support students that overcame obstacles related to diversity, inequality and social inclusion or that showed engagement and leadership regarding diversity, equity and social inclusion during their university experience.

The Joyce Family Foundation Invests in Indigenous Student Success at Carleton

Carleton University is thrilled to share that The Joyce Family Foundation is establishing a $2.5 million endowment to support bursaries for Indigenous students at Carleton. The University will match this gift with an additional $2.5 million to support other Indigenous Initiatives.

Memorial University of Newfoundland revives Black Students’ Association

Memorial University of Newfoundland revived its dormant Black Students’ Association in 2018, giving students of colour their own space to gather and network.

Memorial University of Newfoundland offers designated seats for qualified applicants

The school of social work stands out at Memorial University of Newfoundland in how it encourages prospective students in underrepresented groups to self-identify in their applications to both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship inspires theatre scholar to build research career in Canada

Taiwo’s community engagement activities included collaborating with a faith-based organization on refugee advocacy and facilitating theatre activities with residents of seniors’ homes.

UBC marks Black History Month with success of new scholarship program for Black students

Black Canadian students at the Vancouver and Okanagan UBC campuses can access a variety of one-time and renewable awards of up to $80,000.

Contact Scholarship Partners Canada

Looking for help with your scholarship application? Is your organization looking at starting or improving its scholarship program?

Our services

Our unique educational expertise and proven methodologies provide customized scholarship design, implementation and management for corporations, governments and not-for-profit organizations. Scholarship Partners Canada has established service standards to ensure consistent and reliable administration of the scholarship programs.

Canadian International Development Scholarships 2030 (BCDI 2030)

The Canadian International Development Scholarships 2030 (BCDI 2030) strengthens the social and economic development of women and men — particularly women — in 26 eligible francophone countries, Commonwealth countries and Small Island Developing States.

Trends in higher education – enrolment

In 2010, there were almost 1.2 million students in degree programs on Canadian campuses. Trends in Higher Education, volume 1 looks at current trends in university enrolment and the drivers of demand for a university education in Canada. The publication provides analysis on the following factors: Immigration and international students Labour market demand Family-based influences […]

Canadian research, global recognition

Recipients of prestigious international research awards and fellowships in 2015, these researchers are tackling big problems and helping improve quality of life in Canada and around the world.

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QES Annual Report 2019/2020

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) program continues to offer emerging global leaders outstanding opportunities to develop their research, leadership, networking and community engagement skills. Through QES, scholars have a lasting impact on communities in Canada and around the world.

QES annual report 2022-2023

As scholars resumed inbound and outbound placements, QES-supported work-integrated learning and research experiences allowed them to tackle growing global problems ranging from climate change and energy access to food security and gender equality.

QES Annual Report 2021/2022

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships’ (QES) success in 2021-2022 reflects the resiliency of
participating universities and QES partner organizations in the Global South and Canada.

Recruiting International Students in India

This Good Practices Guidebook is part of the Association’s strategy to promote increased engagement with India and add value to members’ existing activities there. It is designed to provide the university community with a guide to effective international student recruitment in India, with a particular emphasis on acceptance and admissions methods, as well as advising […]

QES Annual Report 2020/2021

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) program continued to offer emerging global leaders outstanding opportunities to develop their study, work integrated learning, research, leadership, networking and community engagement skills during a difficult year. The program’s success in 2020-2021 reflects the resiliency of participating universities and QES partner organizations in the Global South and Canada.

Moving Forward: Summit on Aboriginal Postsecondary Education

Report on the participants’ views and recommendations at the National Working Summit on Aboriginal Postsecondary Education.

The revitalization of undergraduate education in Canada

Report of the March 2011 workshop held for our members to share best practices and examine innovative ways to enhance the undergraduate experience at all types of institutions.

How North-South partnerships support internationalization strategies

Cardinal Points: How North-South partnerships support internationalization strategies provides an overview of the Leader’s Symposium hosted by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in February 2010. The symposium focused on Canadian universities’ approaches to internationalization and how North-South partnerships support those efforts. The association had invited Canadian universities with longstanding North-South engagement to […]

Innovative North-South partnerships

Case studies In an effort to identify and facilitate innovation within the context of North-South university partnerships, this study was conducted by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada to identify common characteristics amongst Canadian universities pursuing new ways of partnering in development. The report demonstrates the innovative ways in which universities develop, maintain […]

Working together for a sustainable future

Highlights of the 2010-2014 Students for Development program. The brochure profiles the contributions of the interns to improving the lives of children and youth, ensuring food security and strengthening sustainable economies. The April 2010 to March 2014 program funded 55 multi-year university projects which included: 565 Canadian student internships 93 international student internships 28 networking initiatives. […]

IDRC contribution expands scope and reach of Queen Elizabeth Scholars program

Photo: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall @ OSGG (2016) OTTAWA – A new $10 million contribution from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is helping to expand the scope and reach of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program. The funding from IDRC will offer new learning opportunities for doctoral, post-doctoral and early career […]

Canada’s International Education Strategy renewal: Consultation for Global Affairs Canada

We urge Global Affairs Canada to align Canada’s research agenda with international education to support research and innovation excellence.

Family-friendly education

Company scholarships make a lot of sense when it comes to attraction, retention of employees. To find out why, download the Canadian HR Reporter article Family-friendly education.

Life below water: Ocean research for a sustainable future

Published by Vianne Timmons, President of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

20 Canadian universities awarded $5.8M to cultivate next generation of global leadership

OTTAWA – The most recent round of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program, often referred to as the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program (QES), will see $5.8 million of funding to support 650 students in 20 Canadian university-led projects. Undergraduate and graduate students will enrich their academic, professional and cross-cultural skills while contributing […]

Equity, diversity and inclusion at Canadian universities: Report on the 2019 survey

Mobilizing a full spectrum of ideas, talent and experiences is essential to creating a higher education and research ecosystem that responds to changing Canadian demographics and global challenges. Doing so helps build an innovative, prosperous and inclusive country – and creates institutions that are responsive, nimble and able to ensure the next generation can navigate […]

Review of Canadian content in a digital world: submission

Learn how Canada can be a leader in the global creative economy by harnessing universities’ strengths and expertise.

Canada’s international assistance review consultations: submission

Mobilizing people and ideas for an innovative, inclusive and prosperous world Canada’s universities are critical to Canada’s international assistance and to mobilizing people and ideas for an innovative, inclusive and prosperous world. Through leveraging research expertise and networks, engaging researchers and supporting the provision of quality higher education in partner countries, universities play an active role in […]

Univation report

This document aims to highlight the ways in which Canada’s universities and their partners are innovating in teaching, learning and discovery to equip graduates for success in a rapidly changing global knowledge economy, examined through the lens of Univation’s discussions and takeaways.

Heading north: The experience of American students at Canadian universities

Canadian universities are increasingly seeking to internationalize their campuses and to offer their students opportunities to have international experiences that will help enhance their global skills. In early 2016, Universities Canada, at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy to Canada, conducted a series of focus groups to identify push and pull factors that draw American students to Canadian universities, and the […]

Gina Cody

First woman to receive a PhD in building engineering at Concordia University

Collaborative research partnerships: tackling challenges together

Learn more about the 28 international research projects funded by the Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants program.

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Social impact survey results

As a continuation of Universities Canada’s work over the past decade on campus-community collaboration, Universities Canada is leading a pan-Canadian initiative to map, strengthen and promote the social impact of Canadian universities. As part of the Social Impact Initiative, Universities Canada launched a survey with its member institutions to better understand how Canada’s universities are […]

Meet the Weston Family Award winners 2023

Meet the 2023 award winners! These inspiring Scholars are at the forefront of northern scholarship and are helping shape a better future for Canada and the world.

The Road Ahead – speech by Elizabeth Cannon

Universities Canada’s membership meeting

Six universities awarded new funding for international student experiences through the QES program

$1.6 million in new program funding will support 133 students at six Canadian universities.

Canada’s post-secondary institutions to help empower African students with the first 14 BCDI 2030 projects

Ottawa – More than 200 African students will have the life-changing opportunity to study at a Canadian post-secondary institution thanks to the first 14 scholarship projects launched through the Canadian International Development Scholarships (BCDI 2030) program, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and Universities Canada announced jointly today. These students will be the first of more […]

Brazil. Think Canada. Think Canadian Universities.

For research. innovation, education and partnerships. Brochure aimed at Brazilian higher education representatives and private sector partners promoting education, research and partnership opportunities in Canada. The brochure was produced for the AUCC-led Brazil mission of Canadian university presidents held on April 25 to May 2, 2012. Portuges version

The future of the liberal arts: a global conversation

Report looks at the future of the liberal arts and how best to reinvigorate this area of study to build an innovative and inclusive Canada.

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Global Skills Opportunity — The Government of Canada’s outbound student mobility program

Helping students gain in-demand international skills and experience during their studies. 

UniWorld

UniWorld was dedicated to enhancing the visibility of university contributions to international development. We no longer publish UniWorld. Frequency: Two issues per year (March and October) Format: Tabloid (9 1/2″ x 12 1/2″), approximately 12 pages, bilingual ISSN: 1183-725-X Previous issue Spring 2011 Archives For archived issues, please contact Philip Landon, director, Partnerships and Programs […]

Special Senate Committee on the charitable sector: submission

Universities Canada provided input to the Special Senate Standing Committee on the Charitable Sector’s study on the impact of federal, provincial and territorial laws and policies governing Canada’s charities. Canada’s universities are active members of the non-profit and charitable sector and they partner closely with other organizations, including our colleagues in the college system, on […]

Federal support for fundamental science

Universities Canada’s submission to federal science review focuses on mobilizing people and ideas

Learning about research in Africa

Highlights from the Canada-Africa Research Exchange Grants program (2010–2016). Program has now ended.

National program expands to help Canadian researchers gain recognition

OTTAWA – Thanks to a new partnership between The Rideau Hall Foundation and Universities Canada, Canadian researchers now have added support in their efforts to apply for and receive career-boosting national awards. The Global Excellence Initiative, which has assisted Canadian researchers apply for major international awards since 2012, is expanding its mandate to include national prizes and fellowships. To be considered for major international awards, researchers often must […]

India. Think Canada. Think Canadian Universities

Brochure aimed at people from India on education, research and partnership opportunities in Canada.  

Regional perspectives on the social impact of Canadian universities

Canada’s universities play an essential role in sustaining and contributing to the economic and social wellbeing of their communities. As vibrant, modern and engaged institutions, universities are anchors for their communities and highly involved in fostering local social development and impact. This engagement benefits both universities and their communities through activities such as workintegrated and […]

Meet the Weston Family Award winners 2022

These inspiring Canadians are at the forefront of northern scholarship and are helping shape a better future for Canada and the world.

Meet the Weston Family Award winners 2021

These inspiring Scholars are at the forefront of northern scholarship and are helping shape a better future for Canada and the world.

Toward Stronger Innovation Systems

Explore lessons and new approaches on innovation policies and practices across national borders.

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University graduates

Creative, analytical, innovative, global, collaborative graduates How universities are producing the workforce Canada needs. Canada’s prosperity depends on university graduates and researchers – they drive innovation in all sectors of our economy. The research-enriched learning environment on university campuses helps students develop the critical thinking skills required in the knowledge economy.

Queen Elizabeth Scholars: next generation to pursue innovation and community building projects

OTTAWA – More than 450 researchers at the doctoral, postdoctoral and early-career levels will undertake global research projects as part of the new Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholars Program, contributing to improved global talent exchange between Canada and other nations. This expanded second round of the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program will fund […]

Innovation agenda consultations: submission

Mobilizing people and ideas for Canada’s innovative future. Universities Canada’s recommendations to the federal government.

Resources from Canadian and international organizations

Browse policies and documentation on equity, diversity and inclusion.

University intellectual property and technology transfer: submission

Universities Canada’s submission to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology June 2017 Technology transfer and commercialization are some of the important ways that universities enhance Canada’s economic growth and innovation. The process through which the benefits of university teaching and research are actively spread to society is known as “knowledge mobilization” and includes not only generating new […]

University research

Engaged, global, collaborative, strategic, connected How Canada’s universities are making a difference through international research partnerships. Research collaboration plants the seeds for other kinds of collaboration. Using Canada’s research strengths to promote growth and development drives Canadian diplomacy and international trade to the benefit of all Canadians.

Elizabeth Cannon becomes new chair of Universities Canada

OTTAWA – Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary, began a two-year term as chair of Universities Canada’s board of directors today at the association’s fall membership meeting in Ottawa. A professional engineer and renowned expert in geomatics engineering, Dr. Cannon has served as president and vice-chancellor of the University of […]

Sustainable Development Goals toolkit for members 

To support its member universities in their efforts to advance sustainable development, Universities Canada has developed a new toolkit. This repository contains information on charters, frameworks, networks and tools related to the university sector and its engagement with the SDGs.

Angela Schoellig

Embracing robotic technology to empower and elevate people

Sponsors and programs

We currently manage over 140 different scholarship programs, awarding 4,500+ scholarships, totaling more than $19 million dollars each year for students to attend universities, colleges, CEGEPs and trade schools. We leverage our substantial experience in designing and managing scholarship programs to continuously improve our services.

Inspiring leaders with global skills

Profiles on how the Students for Development Program shaped the careers of its alumni. Between 2005 and 2014, more than 1,500 students from over three-quarters of Canada’s universities participated in the program’s internships. Funded by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, the program provided senior Canadian university students with internship opportunities in developing and emerging countries. […]

Partners for a brighter future

The commitment of Canada’s universities to success in Aboriginal education Our submission to the National Panel on First Nations’ Elementary and Secondary Education.

Remembering the Queen and her legacy of public service

Universities Canada joins fellow Canadians and people around the world in commemorating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Canada’s Universities in the World – survey

The new internationalization survey by Universities Canada highlights how universities across the country are highly engaged in and committed to internationalization. This survey, the first of its kind since the association’s last such survey in 2006, presents an authoritative picture of internationalization activities across Canadian universities. It includes key findings in how internationalization activities are prioritized and […]

Budget 2016: investments in university infrastructure will fuel prosperity

OTTAWA – Major new investments in university infrastructure in Budget 2016 will support groundbreaking discoveries and enhance learning opportunities for students. The government’s announcement of $2 billion over three years for a new Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund reflects the impact of higher education, research and innovation in driving prosperity and enhancing quality of life […]

Pre-budget 2019 submission: Investing in talent

Building a prosperous, competitive and inclusive future means mobilizing the talent and skills of all Canadians. Canada’s universities are well-positioned to help make this happen. Universities Canada’s Budget 2019 Finance Committee submission recommends investment in two areas pivotal to Canada’s competitiveness: Student-oriented and future skills supports; and State-of-the-art research and training environments. Recommendation 1 Invest […]

Learning from living laboratories: contribution to the digital economy

Submission of the Association to the Digital Economy Consultation.

Knowledge creation through international collaboration

Highlights from Phase 6 (2011-2014) of the Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants program. The report includes research carried out in: Argentina Brazil Cuba Jamaica Mexico Peru Trinidad and Tobago With the support of

Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program

Helping students gain in-demand international skills and experience during their studies. 

Students and leaders across sectors explore innovative solutions to preparing youth for disrupted economy

OTTAWA – More than 80 university, public service, business and civil society leaders convened with student entrepreneurs and innovators at Univation, a national forum co-hosted by Universities Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation, in Ottawa February 5 and 6. Against the backdrop of increasing digital change and technological disruption, Univation participants explored the challenges and […]

Building a prosperous Canada through our people, ideas and communities

Canada’s future depends upon its people, its ideas and its communities. Society is experiencing transformative technological, social, economic and political changes. Across the country, Canadians are stepping up to solve the challenges of our increasingly competitive and complex world.

Smart Skills for a Smarter Canada

Speech Economic Club of Canada – Ottawa Paul Davidson President, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada Check against delivery [Greetings] Thank you David, and thank you to the Economic Club. It is great to see so many friends of higher education, research and innovation here. En français, one speaks of this time of year […]

Quantum computing, brain research top list for new US-Canada collaborations

This article was originally published in Re$earch Money on June 14, 2017. Reprinted with permission by Re$earch Money. By Debbie Lawes President Donald Trump’s push for major cuts to research funding in the US are fueling even closer scientific ties between our two countries. Preliminary talks have begun between the US National Science Foundation and research […]

Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals: A guide for Canada’s universities & colleges

This guide is meant to provide a reference point on how post-secondary institutions in Canada and around the world are reporting their progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This is the path of innovation

The following op-ed was published in The Globe and Mail October 27, 2014. By Rivka Carmi, president, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Martha Crago, vice president, Research, Dalhousie University The economic uncertainty that continues to plague countries around the globe has contributed to an increased focus on innovation and the commercialization of research – […]

Polytechnique Montréal president, Maud Cohen, on International Women’s Day

This year’s theme for Women’s Day is “embrace equity.” What does that mean to you? I was elated to take the helm as president of Polytechnique Montréal last June. And equity within our institution was a key item on my agenda when I came on board. To me, “embracing equity” means pledging that our university […]

Pre-Budget Submission 2023: Investing in People and Ideas Today for a Better Tomorrow

We have an important opportunity as a country to make transformative investments in our own future, and universities are ready to deliver on Canada’s needs.

Canadian, West African researchers get support to tackle national and global challenges

OTTAWA – Two hundred Canadian and West African researchers and advanced scholars will be receiving funding from the new QES Advanced Scholars West Africa program to work together to find solutions to the world’s increasingly complex challenges. The funding supports research-focused exchanges for doctoral researchers, post-doctoral fellows and early career scientists in universities in Canada and […]

Canada-in-Asia Conference Arrives in Singapore February 21-23, 2023

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Universities Canada are excited to announce this inaugural event.

Top discoveries by Canadian university researchers and graduates that changed the world

Canadian universities have contributed to global advancements in medicine, food production, computer science and so much more.

Implicit Bias and Selection: The Facts and Best Practices

“The selection committees for scholarships are objective.” To some extent, this is true. No one on a selection committee does their job with the intention to discriminate against a certain group. However, humans are still vulnerable to implicit bias. Implicit biases are subconscious shortcuts our minds take to fill in the gaps about a person […]

University efforts to support those impacted by Ukraine invasion

Canada’s universities have demonstrated their solidarity with all those impacted by the invasion of Ukraine, making concerted efforts to support all faculty, staff and students affected by these disturbing events.

Natalie Enright Jerger

Finding better ways for networks on computer chips to communicate

Youth employment in Canada

Submission by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance concerning their study on youth employment in Canada. For young Canadians, a university education remains a path to success in the job market. Canadian universities share the federal government’s concern about youth unemployment, and are committed […]

How Canada’s universities hope to improve equity, diversity and inclusion

How Canada’s universities hope to improve equity, diversity and inclusion

When the world shut down, our universities reached out

This op-ed was published in Policy Magazine on October 30, 2020. By Paul Davidson, president and CEO of Universities Canada When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, a sudden realignment happened both socially and economically whereby essential services were redefined by a combination of necessity and virtual viability. In that new context, Canada’s universities became an essential public […]

EngiQueers Canada creates an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students

A student initiative called EngiQueers Canada with 31 chapters across 9 provinces aims to foster more diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The group offers inclusivity training and presentations on the benefits of diversity, giving engineers an opportunity to reflect on the fundamentals of intersectionality.

Simon Fraser University, through the WWEST program, offers a wide variety of resources to improve diversity in STEM fields

The Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST) program engages students, industry and the community to increase the participation of women and other under-represented groups in science, engineering and technology (STEM) disciplines.

Global Engagement in Action

Highlights from the Canada-Africa Research Exchange Grants (CAREG) pilot program (2010–2012).

Call for proposals launched for expanded Queen Elizabeth Scholars program

OTTAWA– The Queen Elizabeth Scholars program is expanding, allowing more advanced scholars to benefit from the life-changing global experiences that the program offers. Universities Canada launched a call today to universities from across the country to submit new project proposals by November 25, 2016. Contributions from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Social […]

Inaugural Canada-in-Asia Conference Concludes on High Note in Singapore

“I am optimistic that this conference will springboard us into a new era of Canada-Asia engagement – one where we combine our strengths and work together to solve the world’s toughest problems,” said Paul Davidson, President of Universities Canada.

Research community awaits government response to science review

This article was originally published in The Hill Times on June 26, 2017. Reprinted with permission by The Hill Times. By Derek Abma A panel recommended the government boost spending to support scientific research by $1.3-billion over four years. The federal government is expected to respond in the coming days to a report that called for a […]

Canadian Universities and our Digital Future – report

Workshop report discusses trends, opportunities and challenges in leveraging digital technologies for research, university operations, and teaching and learning.

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Partnerships for Knowledge

Highlights from 2008-2011 of the Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants program.

Famous Canadian university graduates

From author Margaret Atwood to actor Simu Liu, find out which notable people graduated from a Canadian university.

Queen Elizabeth Scholars program receives $20 million in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

This gift will allow many more young Canadians the opportunity to participate in international experiences to advance their studies and research.

Statement on Academic Freedom

MONTREAL – Canada’s universities have adopted a new Statement on Academic Freedom that clarifies the importance and definition of academic freedom on campuses across Canada. The new Statement on Academic Freedom was accepted unanimously by university presidents at the centennial meetings of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada today in Montreal. It replaces […]

Professional programs accreditation

In addition to institutional quality assurance processes of the institution, some academic programs in professional fields are subject to accreditation by professional bodies at the provincial, Canadian or international levels (for example, in the fields of nursing, architecture and engineering). Professional bodies review programs to ensure that the content of university programs, teaching resources and […]

Molly Shoichet

Creating new polymers for tissue regeneration

Sophie Duchesne

Engineer, professor-researcher, INRS

The Canadian University for Global Leadership

Speech presented at Universities Canada’s membership meeting on April 25, 2017 in Montreal By Henri-Paul Rousseau, vice-chairman, Power Corporation of Canada Check against delivery The Canadian University for Global Leadership or The “Blue Leaders” Network Introduction Good evening, I would like to begin by thanking rector Breton and president Davidson for their gracious invitation. They […]

Study on experiential learning and pathways to employment for Canadian youth

Supporting university students to succeed Universities Canada’s submission to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities Canadian and international labour markets are going through a period of change at an unprecedented pace, driven by technological advancements, automation, demographic shift and continued globalization. These changes are transforming […]

Creating opportunities in education for Aboriginal students

A summary of university programs and services specifically tailored to Indigenous students.  The report includes data collected from a 2012 survey sent to Canadian universities.

The value of university research

Prosperous societies are innovative societies, and innovation begins with basic research. The research conducted at Canada’s universities provides the basis for innovation throughout our economy.

A budget with critical investments in learning

This op-ed was published by the Telegraph Journal on April 1, 2016. By Dr. Robert Campbell, president and vice-chancellor of Mount Allison ‍University Each spring, groups of excited high school students tour Mount Allison’s campus. They size up the place, picture themselves in our labs and classrooms, and imagine an amazing future. They may feel nervous […]

National Volunteer Week: Serving our communities

We’re highlighting some of the programs and people making a difference in their university communities and beyond.

Outstanding discoveries by Black researchers in Canada

In honour of Black History Month, we are recognizing the outstanding achievements made by Black individuals in research and innovation. The stories shared below are only a few examples of the many invaluable ways Black researchers have advanced knowledge and contributed to Canadian society, including by addressing healthcare issues, transforming manufacturing techniques and creating positive […]

Know Canada, Know the World

Know Canada, Know the World: Lessons from Universities Canada’s workshop on innovation in experiential learning features highlights and key outcomes from an event held in December 2014. The workshop brought together university leaders and private sector representatives to engage in dialogue on developing a culture of mobility among Canadian university students. Participants focused on short-term […]

Federal budget invests in university research, students

OTTAWA – New investments in research and students announced in today’s federal budget will make Canada more innovative and prosperous, say the country’s universities. The federal government’s funding of $1.33 billion over six years to the Canada Foundation for Innovation ensures that Canada’s globally competitive international research platform will continue to be a world leader […]

Canada’s universities welcome significant investments in research, students and mental health in Budget 2024

Significant new investments announced in research, scholarships and mental health will benefit students and Canada’s economy.

Henderikus Stam

Understanding the human mind

Beyond the basics: Taking Canada–China collaboration to the next level

This op-ed was published in the Hill Times on December 1, 2017 By Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada This century, the challenges facing any one nation are more often than not challenges faced by all. Aging populations, climate change, the unknown implications of technological advancements — these are global phenomena that demand, if not a […]

BRE rapport annuel 2022-2023

Les échanges vers le Canada et l’étranger ayant recommencé, les boursier·ères se sont attelé·es à des problèmes mondiaux
d’envergure, soit des changements climatiques à la sécurité alimentaire en passant par l’accès à l’énergie et l’égalité entre les
sexes, dans un contexte de recherche et d’apprentissage en milieu de travail.

Membership criteria

Three categories of membership Institutional members Institutional members shall be those universities and colleges named in the Schedule to the Act of Parliament incorporating the Association and such other Canadian universities and university-degree level colleges as are from time to time approved for Institutional Membership by the Board and subsequently approved by a vote of […]

Creative economies in transition: Maintaining balance at a time of digital disruption

Universities Canada’s submission to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s Study on Remuneration Models for Artists and Creative Industries Universities support a vibrant Canadian culture and encourage the federal government to examine policy and program levers that would directly mitigate the impacts of digital transformation on the creative economy while ensuring quality higher education. Recommendations […]

The changing landscape of Canadian copyright and universities: submission

Universities Canada’s submission to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology’s statutory review of Canada’s Copyright Act. As creators, owners and users of copyright, universities bring a balanced perspective to the Copyright Act review. They believe fair dealing is an important way to maintain equilibrium in the Act and facilitates educational opportunities to the […]

Brazilian higher education system: a basic primer

This publication is a basic primer on the Brazilian higher education system. It is not intended as a comprehensive review of the system, but rather a guide to the basic structure of the system.

Welcome to campus. Now go abroad.

This op-ed was published in Policy Options on October 10, 2016. By Paul Davidson, president and CEO of Universities Canada Now that students are settled back on campus for another academic year, they should also start thinking about packing their bags. In addition to planning for essays, exams and research projects, Canada needs its university […]

Universities salute David Johnston, welcome Julie Payette

OTTAWA – Following the welcome news today that Julie Payette will serve as Canada’s next Governor General, universities express deep gratitude to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston for his outstanding service to Canada and his role as a global champion for Canadian higher education, research and innovation. “Throughout his stellar career, David Johnston […]

Investing in skills and talent to build a better Canada

This op-ed was published on the Canadian Science Policy Centre website on March 26, 2019 By Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada This year’s federal budget underscores the importance of sustained commitment to universities, recognizing the central role they play in meeting the needs of Canadians. Budget 2016’s support for postsecondary infrastructure enhanced student education and learning environments […]

Coalition for Canadian Research established to call for an urgent federal investment in Canada’s research system

If Canada acts, this is an opportunity to build a progressive, productive and prosperous future.

University sustainability and post-pandemic recovery: A multi-faceted approach

Published by Dr. Marc Jerry, President of Luther College, and Dr. Roger A. Petry, Professor of Philosophy, Luther College and Coordinator, RCE Saskatchewan.

When universities make choices, deans must fall in line

This op-ed was published in The Globe and Mail on May 28, 2014. By Indira Samarasekera, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta It has been a miserable two weeks for the University of Saskatchewan, and everyone involved in its recent crisis. It has harmed the institution and all of the individuals involved. By […]

We ignore the liberal arts at our peril

By Alan Wildeman, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Windsor

A new path toward global leadership in research and innovation

This op-ed was published by Canadian Science Policy Centre on March 29, 2016. By Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada March 22nd was a good day for higher education, research and innovation in Canada. The federal government called the country’s universities, colleges and other research institutions Canada’s “engines of discovery” and presented a Budget that pledged […]

Making universities Canada’s innovation accelerators

This op-ed was published in the September/October 2016 edition of Policy magazine. By Andrew Petter, president, Simon Fraser University Canada suffers from an innovation gap that puts our national economy at a competitive disadvantage. While there are structural obstacles in the marketplace that are difficult to overcome, there is a huge opportunity for Ottawa to drive […]

Three key steps to becoming an innovation nation

This op-ed was published in the September/October 2016 edition of Policy magazine. By Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada To Canada’s university presidents, innovation is neither an abstract concept nor just a talismanic political keyword. Every day in the research labs of Canada’s universities, knowledge is translated into the quantifiable, practical inventions that feed Canadian innovation […]

21st century education for a 21st century economy and society

Remarks by Paul Davidson, President of Universities Canada to the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, September 27, 2016 I want to begin with the acknowledgement that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe Mississauga adjacent to Haudenosaunee Territory in eastern Ontario. I would like to thank the diverse Indigenous […]

From STEM to STEAM

The following article featuring Universities Canada president Paul Davidson was published in the Globe and Mail on October 21, 2016. Preparing Canadian students for the challenge of change After 18 months of study, a panel of experts brought together by the Council of Canadian Academies published a report last year that emphasized the critical importance […]

Lemonade stands and how to foster innovation

This op-ed appeared in Policy Options on February 6, 2017. By Abdullah Snobar, executive director of the DMZ at Ryerson University and speaker at Universities Canada’s Converge 2017. Introduce innovation and entrepreneurship at a young age, well before the post-secondary level, to future-proof our next generation of leaders. In 1873, 10-year-old Edward Bok had an […]

Excellence in research, undergrad education can co-exist

Excellence in research, undergrad education can co-exist

Strategic research investments vital to building workforce of the future

This op-ed was published in the Hill Times on October 1, 2018 By Martha Crago, Paul Davidson and Molly Shoichet This month, the world will applaud the latest Nobel Prize recipients, marvelling at the foresight of researchers who dreamed big and changed the world. What goes on quietly in university labs and libraries today may […]

Universities Canada welcomes Sophie D’Amours as new board chair

OTTAWA – Dr. Sophie D’Amours, rector of Université Laval, became Chair of Universities Canada’s board of directors today during the association’s fall membership meeting in Ottawa. Dr. D’Amours succeeds outgoing board chair Dr. Mike Mahon, president of the University of Lethbridge, who held the position since October 2017.    “Sophie D’Amours is an outstanding academic leader who is deeply committed to research excellence, advancing reconciliation […]

Nobel prize winners from Canadian universities

Learn about discoveries that have benefitted humankind and the researchers behind them.

How Canadian universities are propelling us towards a quantum future

Discover how universities are helping advance quantum research and education in Canada.

Universities are an essential partner on the path toward Canada’s low-carbon hydrogen future

This op-ed was published in The Hill Times on June 3, 2024. The pursuit of hydrogen as a clean energy source is gaining greater urgency around the world as global conflicts make the need for energy security more pronounced, climate change and environmental degradation demand immediate action, and Canada and other countries face imminent deadlines […]

Investing in skills and talent to build a better Canada

Universities Canada recommends specific investments in skills and talent to strengthen Canada’s competitive position in the world.

Empowering Indigenous students and advancing reconciliation

Universities Canada’s 2019 Indigenous education and reconciliation survey results A university education can unlock students’ potential and protect graduates from economic disruptions like the COVID-19 pandemic and rapidly changing technologies. However, First Nations, Métis and Inuit students face barriers in accessing the benefits of a university degree. As Canada looks to ensure our post-pandemic recovery […]

Pre-budget consultations: Paul Davidson’s remarks

House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Finance Pre-budget consultations in advance of the 2017 Budget Fredericton, New Brunswick Remarks by Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada Check against delivery Good morning.  It’s a pleasure to be here and to participate in this important part of the democratic process. I appreciate the invitation. As this is my […]

Reading between the lines of the budget

Reading between the lines of the budget

President Biden’s visit a chance to reflect on Canada’s support for research and science 

OTTAWA—United States President Joe Biden made his first visit to Canada this week to discuss shared opportunities and strengthen links between our countries. His visit throws into sharp contrast the United States’ strong commitment to supporting research and innovation, and Canada’s failure to keep up.   The health of Canada’s research ecosystem is central to fostering […]

James G. Arthur

Creating a vision of a unified mathematical world

Michael Doebeli

Unraveling a key evolutionary riddle

Asimina Arvanitaki

Asking big questions through small-scale experiments

Investing in the infrastructure of minds

This op-ed was published in the Calgary Herald on April 7, 2016. By Elizabeth Cannon, president of the University of Calgary Canada’s view of infrastructure is changing. The federal budget made it clear that infrastructure means more than waste-water, highways and bridges. As vital as these things are, Canada also needs infrastructure that supports the mind – […]

International education opens doors to the world

This op-ed appeared in Policy Options on February 6, 2017 By Bessma Momani, professor, political science, University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs, and Jillian Stirk, former Canadian ambassador and a public service executive. Ms. Momani was a speaker at Universities Canada’s Converge 2017. Business leaders, universities and governments should encourage international education […]

Universities in a changing world and changing Canada

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Presentation by Mike Mahon, Universities Canada board chair, president and vice-chancellor, University of Lethbridge Introduction Oki, ni Kso Koo wa wa. A Blackfoot welcome we say at the start of each University of Lethbridge ceremony that I say today as a means of showing respect for our being on the traditional lands of […]

Science panel provides roadmap for transformative re-investment in research

OTTAWA – Canada has the potential to be a world leader in scientific discovery and innovation, and the Advisory Panel on Federal Support for Fundamental Science has launched a bold plan for making that happen. Today’s report, Investing in Canada’s Future: Strengthening the Foundations of Canadian Research, provides government with a thorough and evidence-based framework […]

Fundamental science, innovation don’t need to be seen in opposition

This op-ed was published in The Hill Times on May 24, 2017 By Joy Johnson, vice president, research and international, Simon Fraser University In current policy discussions, fundamental science and innovation are often placed in opposition to one another. Is it possible to resolve this apparent conflict, and to optimize the value of government research investment, […]

Universities Canada welcomes Deep Saini as board chair

His appointment was approved at Universities Canada’s fall membership meeting, where discussions centered around the role of universities in strengthening Canada’s foundations and leading the country towards future success.

Internationalization at Canadian universities: quick facts

Canada’s universities develop globally aware graduates with the internationally competitive skills suited to the jobs of today and tomorrow, while fostering globally connected research and scholarship. Results from a new survey by Universities Canada highlight how universities across the country are highly engaged in and committed to internationalization – and where there is room for […]

Maksym Radziwill

Uncovering the properties of numbers

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Drawing on over 60 years of experience, Scholarship Partners Canada can assist with everything from the overall program vision to the smallest of details. Here are the answers to the top questions we’ve received about the administration of a new or existing scholarship program.

North-South mobility in Canada’s universities

Read the handy guide to setting up successful programs for mobility program administrators, faculty and students.

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Canada’s universities’ commitments to Canadians

Working together toward economic, social and personal growth.

Internationalization at Canadian universities

Results of 2014 survey highlighting internationalization activities at Canadian universities.

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Smart healthy vibrant prosperous communities

Universities are a hub of local activities in more than 100 communities across Canada. They work in partnership with business, governments and communities, and create new knowledge for the benefit of all Canadians.

Budget 2019: Investments in skills and talent recognize central role of universities

OTTAWA – The government’s support for lifelong and work-integrated learning, skills development, international study, and ensuring more people of all ages and backgrounds benefit from a university education will help Canadians thrive in the labour markets of today and tomorrow. Specifically, Canada’s universities applaud Budget 2019’s commitment to help students enter the workforce through 40,000 proposed […]

Commemorating our Directory of Canadian Universities

Find out about this comprehensive university guide which ran for over 60 years, and where to find the data now.

The U.S. is besting Canada on investing in research and it will have consequences

This op-ed was published by The Hill Times March 22, 2023 By Paul Davidson The health of Canada’s research ecosystem is central to fostering the innovation and shaping the talent which will drive long-term prosperity for Canada and help tackle many of the big issues facing humanity. Yet at a time when many of Canada’s […]

Open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland

We urge your government to take immediate and significant action to ensure that science and research can successfully underpin Canada’s prospects to build a sustainable, prosperous, and just society in the turbulent 21st century.

Directory of Canadian Universities – 2020 edition

2020 Edition – sold out The Directory of Canadian Universities is the authoritative guide to Canadian universities. It includes everything from scholarship information and fees, to programs and housing facilities, at Canadian universities. updated annually compiled by Universities Canada and the universities national in scope bilingual articles on undergraduate and graduate studies international student information […]

Navjit Gaurav, Queen Elizabeth Scholar

  QEScholar Navjit Gaurac studied architecture and accessibility, and ended up working as a community architect in an economically poor area in Delhi, and went on to apply for a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship to and to merge architecture and social work in a PhD at Queen’s University.

Ryerson University starts process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples

Ryerson University has released an action plan based on extensive consultations within the Ryerson community, representing the university’s official response to the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

The Métis community supports research at the University of Winnipeg

The Manitoba Métis Federation is providing $60,000 annually for the next decade to enhance Métis scholarship at the University of Winnipeg.   

Ryerson University launching Black Studies minor next fall

The new interdisciplinary minor will make space for Black scholarship and help build community.

York announces launch of Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Language

York University has launched a new organized research unit (ORU) that is the first at the University to focus on Indigenous and decolonizing scholarship.

Seven new faculty members join the Black Studies program

The Faculty of Arts and Science welcomes four Queen’s National Scholars and three more professors after intensive search that focused on equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and scholarship.

Mindshare: Inspired thinking on the future of Canada’s water resources

Safe drinking water: The science and challenges of protection and distribution  ARCHIVED WEBCAST: April 21, 2017  Hashtag #Convergences2017 Keynote Speaker  Carlos Fernández Jáuregui Water advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations Carlos Fernández-Jáuregui has a Ph.D. in engineering and hydrology, with specialization in water resources management by the Technical University of Berlin (TU-Berlin). He […]

Manuel J. Rodriguez

Professor, Graduate School of Land Management and Regional Planning, Université Laval

Ehab Abouheif

Digging up evolutionary secrets through the study of ants

Bryan Gick

Connecting mind and body to understand language

Tom Chau

Giving voice to the voiceless

Why the liberal arts are vital to our prosperity

By Robert Campbell, president of Mount Allison University

Published in the Moncton Times and Transcript and the Telegraph Journal

Nobel Prize win brings world attention to Canadian research

OTTAWA – Canada’s universities are celebrating news of the Nobel Prize in Physics being awarded to Arthur B. McDonald, director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB) and professor emeritus of Queen’s University. “This is a huge day for Canada’s university research community,” says Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada. “Dr. McDonald has made the country […]

Investing in research is the best way to create an innovative economy

This oped was published in the Globe and Mail on August 7, 2017 By Paul Armstrong and Carol Herbert Paul Armstrong is a professor, University of Alberta, founding director, Canadian VIGOUR Centre, and founding president of the Canadian Academy of Health Science. Carol Herbert is professor emerita, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, adjunct […]

Innovation isn’t a magic bullet, it requires a work plan

This oped was published in the Vancouver Sun on October 26, 2017 By Andrew Petter, president of Simon Fraser University It’s always tempting, when you’re wrestling with a problem, to seek a single solution — like a software patch that will update your phone or restore your computer. Yet, the global economy is no simple […]

The future is interdisciplinary

The future is interdisciplinary

Budget 2018 makes historic investment in Canada’s research future

OTTAWA – Budget 2018 marks the biggest investment in science and university research in Canadian history. With a focus on investing in people and ideas for a stronger, more prosperous Canada, the budget will increase diversity in science and help develop Canada’s next generation of research leaders. “This budget places research at the forefront of the […]

Inventing our way to an accessible future

December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities—an occasion to reflect on how we can make the world a more accessible and inclusive place.

Canadian Innovation Week 2022: #InnovateToInspire

From globally impactful research to devices that could change communities for the better, here are students whose innovations inspire a better future.

What’s brewing at Canadian universities

On International Beer Day, discover how universities share their love of beer with their community!

Canada losing ground in race for top research talent

Our research talent has been taken for granted. It is critical the government ensures we have the domestic research capacity needed to fuel discovery and train the next generation of talent for a knowledge-driven economy.

Urgent action for our publicly-funded universities critical to Canada’s economic stability and growth

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada recently noted that “Canada’s world-class researchers and universities play a critical role in finding solutions to major challenges and …helping create a better future for all Canadians and people around the world.” But Canada’s universities are confronting a series of serious and cascading issues ranging from inadequate research funding […]

Research excellence award speaker series

UOIT highlights the research done by Research Excellence Award recipients Dr. Sheldon Williamson (Faculty of Engineering) and Dr. Christopher Collins (Faculty of Science). Join us for their research talks where they will present highlights of their work and how it has the potential to positively impact society.

Ryerson workshop yields recommendations for implementing EDI in STEM

Stakeholders from academia, government, the private and not-for-profit sectors came together at Ryerson University in May 2017 to propose solutions for increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and advancing innovation in Ontario.

Quebec university students release a guide to breaking gender barriers in STEMM fields

The Science & Policy Exchange, run by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at Montreal universities, has published a report outlining barriers and recommendations for women seeking leadership in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

Brock-authored report highlights barriers faced by mature women learners in STEM fields

Brock University professor Liette Vasseur and master’s student Heather Van Volkenburg have authored a Canadian Commission for UNESCO report on women’s non-linear pathways in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Budget 2014 positions Canada as world leader in research and innovation

OTTAWA – Substantial and exceptional investments in university research announced today in Budget 2014 will allow universities to achieve global leadership in knowledge and innovation for Canada, say leaders of Canada’s universities. “This is a pivotal moment for research excellence and innovation in Canada,” says David Barnard, president of the University of Manitoba and chair […]

Internships provide new opportunities for highly-skilled graduates

OTTAWA – Canada’s universities welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement today on support for paid internships for postsecondary graduates. This funding, which was first announced in Economic Action Plan 2014, will help up to 3,000 university and college graduates access full-time paid internships in high-demand fields such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the skilled trades. […]

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Enhancing Indigenous student success at Canada’s universities

Education plays a vital role in reconciliation. Universities are committed to helping First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples achieve their potential through higher education. This brochure focuses on Indigenous students and features: Recent statistics Our online database of programs and services Universities’ targeted resources and programs to improving Indigenous students’ successful completion of a postsecondary […]

In defence of our four universities

Commentary by Peter Halpin, executive-director of the Association of Atlantic Universities, in the Saint John Telegraph-Journal

Canada’s universities support Syrian refugees

Canadian universities have a long history of offering assistance to scholars and students fleeing conflict zones. Now is no different. Universities across the country are responding to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis by raising funds, offering scholarships and building on longstanding relationships with established refugee assistance programs. Several universities – and their students, faculty and […]

Ensure Indigenous students have access to postsecondary education

Photo: Vancouver Island University This oped was published in the Vancouver Sun on April 18, 2017 By Ralph Nilson, member, Universities Canada’s International Committee and president, Vancouver Island University In an increasingly competitive knowledge-based global economy, Canada needs its brightest minds engaged on all fronts. To do that, we have to ensure access to higher […]

Advancing reconciliation on campus means going beyond the classroom

This op-ed was published in Maclean’s on October 11, 2018 By Dr. Deborah Saucier, President, MacEwan University I am an Indigenous person. I am also the president of a colonial institution. At times, the combination is unsettling. Looking out at the sea of faces during the first convocation I attended as president of MacEwan University could […]

Expanding horizons: The career benefits of scholars going abroad

Learn about the impact of international research collaboration on scholars’ networks, skills and career trajectories.

Universities, students and business leaders send united call to Ottawa to support talent

Universities Canada joined representatives from Canada’s business community and student leaders Thursday afternoon to urge the federal government to support the development and retention of talent.

Budget 2023 a missed opportunity to keep Canada competitive in science and research

Budget 2023, released March 28, failed to deliver much-needed investments in Canada’s research ecosystem.

Letter to the Advisory Council on Economic Growth

Mr. Dominic Barton Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company Chair, Advisory Council on Economic Growth Ministry of Finance Dear Mr. Barton, I am delighted to see the work of the Advisory Council taking shape. As the Council’s work ramps up over the summer, I would like to offer Universities Canada as a key resource to […]

Louie Palu

Documenting human rights abuse and conflict

Farangis Nurulla-Khoja  

An infinite landscape of sound

Canada’s Universities: Partners in the business of innovation

Our submission to the Expert Review Panel on Research and Development. The submission outlines how Canada’s universities, working with government and business, could play a greater role in helping Canadian companies address critical innovation and productivity challenges.

Investment recognizes universities’ vital role

This op-ed was published in the Victoria Times Colonist on December 13, 2014. By Jamie Cassels, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Victoria  As the season for university applications in British Columbia approaches, there will be lively conversation around the holiday table. Where to go and what to study takes some thought. There are plenty […]

A reality check on Budget 2015

Op-ed by Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada.

Research builds communities – ad in the Globe and Mail

This full-page ad was published in the Globe and Mail on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. Research builds vibrant healthy sustainable inclusive prosperous smart efficient creative artistic enterprising communities. Celebrating 20 years of the Canada Foundation for Innovation investment. #UnivResearch

Universities Canada doesn’t do accreditation

This letter to the editor was published in the Nunatsiaq News on April 20, 2017 By Philip Landon, vice-president, governance and programs, Universities Canada I wish to correct an error in your recent story “Politics, power, money real culprits behind nixing Arctic university” (March 27, 2017.) Universities Canada does not set “criteria for the foundation and […]

Continuing education no longer an ‘alternative’: it’s a key to the future

This oped was published in The Hill Times on May 1, 2017 By Alan Shepard, member, Universities Canada’s research committee and president, Concordia University Our globalized, information-driven knowledge society is in many ways disrupting the traditional model of the four-year bachelor’s degree. The rapid evolution of knowledge and skills demands lifelong learning. As a result, […]

Ottawa must improve research funding – or risk losing the innovation race

Ottawa must improve research funding – or risk losing the innovation race

Canadian students, researchers key to ties with China

This op-ed was published in Policy Options on April 17, 2018 by Stewart Beck, president and CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada China’s growing economic and political influence continues to dominate the news, and Canada has certainly been paying attention. Now it’s time to move past the “China-is-rising” narrative and start to build on our history of […]

Michael Houghton’s Nobel Prize win shows Canada’s strength in biotechnology

This op-ed was published in the Globe and Mail on December 10th, 2020 By Bill Flanagan, president and vice chancellor, University of Alberta Amid the challenges of COVID-19, this week’s awarding of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine to University of Alberta virologist Dr. Michael Houghton could not have been better timed. Exactly when we […]

Environmental benefits to come from investments in university infrastructure

This op-ed was published in The Hill Times on March 15th, 2021 By Paul Davidson, president and CEO of Universities Canada A year of social distancing has given many of us a closer look at where our homes could use an upgrade — a leaky tap wasting water, a drafty window sending heat outside, a […]

Johnston: Let’s boost international education for Canadian students

This op-ed was published by the Ottawa Citizen, November 14, 2022 By the Right Honourable David Johnston Former Governor General of Canada and Chair, Rideau Hall Foundation Canada has a great opportunity to increase the competence, skills, resilience, curiosity and empathy of its next generation; it is through encouraging our youth to become international citizens […]

AI is not intelligent and needs regulation now

This op-ed was published in The Hill Times on September 27, 2023. Reposted with permission from The Hill Times. By Rhonda MacEwen, president of Victoria University in the University Toronto The word “intelligence” has no place in what we now ubiquitously refer to as “artificial intelligence”. The term was coined in the 1950’s, at a […]

USask, Wanuskewin sign MOU to support Indigenous education

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) and Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority (Wanuskewin) have signed a renewed memorandum of understanding (MOU) to serve as a foundation for a dynamic, productive, and evolving relationship in the service of Indigenous education and opportunities for growth and mutual development.

Terry-Lynn Young

Hunting down rogue genes

Louis Taillefer

Making waves in the world of quantum physics

University presidents on International Women’s Day: Vianne Timmons

Vianne Timmons, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University, reflects on her experiences as a female leader and gives advice for future generations of women. 

Earth Day: Universities invest in our planet

Find out about work underway at Canadian universities to protect the planet.

Sharing Indigenous Knowledges and experiences at Canadian universities

This Indigenous History Month, learn about university courses and initiatives that support reconciliation.

Unified voice vital to Naylor report action

This oped was published on the Canadian Science Policy Centre website on April 19, 2017 By Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada Canada has a new roadmap for regaining a leadership position in global research. The long-awaited report from the Advisory Panel on Federal Support for Fundamental Science charts a promising path for Canada’s research ecosystem. […]

In an age of disruption, community–university collaboration is a must

This op-ed was published in Policy Options on May 30, 2018 by Ian Bird, president, Community Foundations Canada and Paul Davidson, president and CEO, Universities Canada Resilient communities are the bedrock of prosperous, stable societies. So what makes for resilient communities? First and foremost, it’s knowledge: the insight to recognize disruptive change, face challenges and seize emerging […]

Renouvellement de la Stratégie du Canada en matière d’éducation internationale : Mémoire à l’intention d’Affaires mondiales Canada

Universités Canada exhorte AMC à harmoniser les programmes du Canada en matière de recherche et d’éducation internationale afin d’appuyer l’excellence en recherche et en innovation.

University innovators among six winners of inaugural Governor General Innovation Awards

Canada’s innovation excellence recognized and celebrated OTTAWA – The inaugural winners of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards include outstanding examples of the world-leading research and discovery taking place at Canada’s universities. Created by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, the awards honour six remarkable Canadian individuals, teams and organizations who, […]

The heart of innovation in Canada

University of Saskatchewan president Peter Stoicheff sees universities as the primary drivers of research and innovation in Canada. Universities are talent engines that help close the gap between private and public sectors in R&D through their industry liaisons, research parks, incubators and start-ups.

Western invests $6 million to support new EDI initiatives: Funding continues commitment to systemic change, marks crucial moment’ in history 

Initial funding of $4 million has been earmarked from the Provost’s Academic Renewal Fund to support the recruitment of Black and Indigenous faculty members starting this fall. 

A one-time allocation of $1 million will support EDI curriculum development across the university. Spearheaded by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, the EDI Pathways program aims to enhance instructors’ skills across three domains of inclusive education: foundational, pedagogical and curricular. 

Vanessa D’Costa

Improving our understanding of the immune system

When universities go global, everyone benefits

Op-ed published in Embassy News

Canadian university leaders visit the Netherlands

OTTAWA – A delegation of Canadian university leaders is in the Netherlands this week to explore further partnership opportunities between the two countries and share best practices in university research and innovation. From May 23 to 26, presidents and senior representatives from 14 Canadian universities will meet with Dutch counterparts, government officials and private sector […]

Seize the chance to attract foreign university researchers

This op-ed appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on March 27, 2017 By Meric Gertler, president, University of Toronto The federal government has earmarked funding for the creation of 25 new Canada 150 Research Chairs, positions specifically targeting top international scholars and researchers. It’s a signal that Canada is serious about recruiting top scholars from all […]

Fair dealing is vital to meeting students’ learning needs

Fair dealing is vital to meeting students’ learning needs

Advancing Canada’s research & innovation leadership

Op-ed by AUCC president Paul Davidson.

Victoria Kaspi

Star gazing to understand the universe better

Andreea Strachinescu

“New Energy Technologies and Innovation, Europe”

Junjie Zhang

“Economic Growth, Energy Consumption and Environmental Consequence: The Case of China”

Daniel Wigdor

Reducing the time delay when using digital devices

Jérôme Lapointe

Making smart phones smarter with photonics

Keith Doyle

Assistant professor, industrial design, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Universities, industry, and research say substantial investments in research needed on regular basis

This article was originally published in The Hill Times on June 5, 2017. Reprinted with permission by The Hill Times. By Marco Vigliotti After a record allotment in 2016, the Trudeau government is weathering criticism for keeping funding for the three major research granting councils flat in 2017. Post-secondary institutions and industry advocates are applauding the Trudeau […]

Benjamin Rossman

Understanding the limits of efficient computation

Mark Schmidt

Helping machines learn faster

Robert Haslhofer

Expanding knowledge of geometric flows 

Donna Strickland

A Nobel Prize for inventions in laser physics  

Stats on equity, diversity and inclusion at Canadian universities

Facts and stats on equity, diversity and inclusion at Canadian universities.

Liberal arts – quick facts

The liberal arts provide a well-rounded workforce with the skills needed to navigate a rapidly changing labour market.

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Back to school 2014: Experiences, opportunities boost students’ success

OTTAWA – As summer winds down, Canada’s universities are preparing to welcome more than a million new and returning students to their campuses. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada is happy to provide journalists with data and interview opportunities related to the start of the new study year and how Canada’s universities are […]

Fixing Canada’s skills gap

Op-ed published in the Ottawa Citizen

Jobs for grads

The following letter to the editor was published in The Globe and Mail, Tuesday September 9, 2014. By Paul Davidson, president, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada Employment rates for university grads across Canada are well on their way to pre-recession levels. In 2013, the average unemployment rates in the 25-29 age bracket were: 4.2 […]

A challenge to doubters

The following op-ed was published on CBC.ca September 23, 2014. By David Barnard, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manitoba, and chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada Recently, an editorial aired on CBC Radio One questioning the value of a university degree compared with that of a college education. The author […]

Undergrads are getting their hands dirty

And it’s good for the economy

By Elizabeth Cannon, president, University of Calgary

Universities’ Role in Knowledge Transfer

Remarks by Christine Tausig Ford, vice-president of Universities Canada, at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, November 27

Liberal arts education is worth private and public investment

This op-ed was published in The Daily Gleaner on May 25, 2016 By Dawn Russell, board director, Universities Canada and president, St. Thomas University At its spring convocation, St. Thomas ‍Uni‍‍versity president Dawn Russell spoke to 395 graduates about their future. This is an edited version of her remarks. In Alice in Wonderland, Alice asks […]

University graduates enjoy strong income growth: new study

Universities Canada welcomes an insightful new study that demonstrates postsecondary graduates’ long-term earning potential, and provides young Canadians with vital information about education and career options. Researchers from the Education Policy Research Initiative at the University of Ottawa linked institutional records with income tax data to track the earnings of graduates from 14 colleges and […]

Back to school 2016: Preparing Canada’s sesquicentennial class for life after graduation

OTTAWA – In the coming weeks more than one million undergraduate students are set to arrive on Canadian university campuses. Close to 300,000 of them will graduate and enter the workforce in 2017, Canada’s sesquicentennial year. Innovative learning opportunities will prepare them to hit the ground running. Universities Canada is pleased to provide journalists with […]

Closing the gender gap at Canadian universities

This op-ed was published in the September/October 2016 edition of Policy magazine. By Vianne Timmons, president, University of Regina Universities are great institutions, progressive and designed to promote ideas. We think of them as equalizers—ways of ensuring that graduates of all backgrounds have a step up in the world. It seems only natural, then, that […]

Tomorrow’s innovation requires funding today

Tomorrow’s innovation requires funding today

Canada’s next researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs need our support

Canada’s next researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs need our support

Investing in pure research is unpredictable but essential

This oped was published in the Edmonton Journal on November 18 and in the Lethbridge Herald on November 21, 2017 By Mike Mahon, Universities Canada chair and president of the University of Lethbridge; Elizabeth Cannon, Universities Canada past chair and president of the University of Calgary; and David Turpin, Universities Canada board member and president […]

Equity, diversity and inclusion strengthens higher education – and Canadian society

Equity, diversity and inclusion strengthens higher education – and Canadian society

Budget 2018: A hopeful vision for Canada

Canadians have reason to be optimistic about some important investments announced in the recent federal budget. With almost $4 billion for science and research, Budget 2018 made an unprecedented investment in discovery that drives Canadian technology, innovation and prosperity.

Canadian universities deepen ties with Mexico

OTTAWA – At a critical time in Canada-Mexico bilateral relations, university leaders in both countries are building closer partnerships in higher education and research. Eight Canadian university presidents and research partners wrapped up a three-day mission to Mexico City where greater talent exchange,  research collaboration and Indigenous higher education dominated discussions. “Canada needs internationally adept […]

Helping one another to advance respect and reconciliation

This op-ed was published in University Affairs on September 26, 2019 By Jamie Cassels, president of the University of Victoria and Asima Vezina, president of Algoma University Universities and colleges across Canada are actively involved in answering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, and we are discovering that this vital work is more […]

Sophie D’Amours, chair of Universities Canada: inaugural speech

Rector, Université Laval Chair of Universities Canada Universities Canada’s fall 2019 membership meeting Good afternoon everyone.  It is a great pleasure and a privilege for me to chair the Board of such an important association on the national academic stage.  I step into this role with the comfort of knowing that the leadership of Mike […]

Battling COVID-19: Universities partner with industry, government to combat the pandemic

This op-ed was published in the National Post on April 14, 2020 By Steven Murphy, president of Ontario Tech University The problems and challenges emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic have driven unprecedented levels of collaboration amongst government and Canada’s businesses, academic institutions, associations and entrepreneurs. Together, we’re pushing harder than ever to support research that […]

Opinion: Mphasis’s decision shows how great research universities can improve their communities

This op-ed was published in the Calgary Herald on June 3rd, 2021 By Ed McCauley, president and vice-chancellor, University of Calgary Years from now, people will look back on this week as one of Calgary’s best. Because this is the week we learned that our hometown will build on its leadership in quantum technologies — […]

Battle against bacteria leads to national award

Dr. Marie-Laurence Melay received the L’Oréal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science for her work on virulent phages.

University research breakthroughs in 2021

Last year, university researchers pushed the boundaries and came up with creative solutions to big problems.

Guinness World Records held by Canadian universities

Some of the wildest world records were achieved at universities in Canada.

What you need to know to study in Canada as an international student

Find out what you need to know before moving to Canada for university.

Why you should consider a liberal arts degree

Discover some of the advantages of obtaining a liberal arts degree.

International Education Week a reminder that study permit delays are hurting Canada

Universities are celebrating international students and recognizing their key role in keeping Canada competitive in a global, green and skilled economy.

Canada must get its house in order, or risk losing the global fight for talent

This op-ed was published by the Toronto Star December 7, 2022 Philip Steenkamp is chair of Universities Canada’s international committee and president of Royal Roads University. When you ask Canadian employers and business leaders what keeps them up at night, some may mention inflationary pressures, while others may point to supply chain disruptions. But increasingly, […]

University innovation and innovators keep Canada competitive on the world stage

Through innovative policies, technology and programs, universities keep Canada’s economy inclusive and sustainable.

Universities are a critical piece of the climate change puzzle

This op-ed was published in The Hill Times on September 27, 2023. Reposted with permission from The Hill Times. By Meric Gertler, president of the University of Toronto and chair of Universities Canada’s board of directors From forest fires to heat waves, flooding to extreme storms, the impacts of climate change were all too real […]

Ryerson publishes results of employee self-identification survey, concludes that equity and diversity goals need to be set

Analyzing three years’ worth of self-identification information from Ryerson employees has led the authors of a 2018 report to conclude that equity, diversity and inclusion targets and goals will be necessary to achieve progress. The report presents data from 2014, 2015, and 2016 to give an intersectional breakdown of equity-seeking groups in all levels of employment at Ryerson.

Working together towards a better future

Published by Joy Johnson, president of Simon Fraser University.

Alexandre Blais

Paving the way for quantum computers

Pre-budget 2021 submission: Investing in universities for a sustainable COVID-19 recovery

Read Universities Canada’s Budget 2021 submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

Uber’s new Toronto research hub is a big win for Canada

Photo: University of Toronto This op-ed was published in the Globe and Mail on May 10, 2017 By Meric Gertler, president, University of Toronto For too long, we have watched our best and brightest talent in burgeoning fields like artificial intelligence pack their bags to leave Canada and make their future elsewhere. That all changed […]

Preparing the future workforce: quick facts

Canada’s universities shape a skilled workforce and drive innovation, significantly contributing to economic growth and societal progress. Check out how Canadian universities are preparing the future workforce.

Impact of research funding: quick facts

Continuous investment in Canadian university research and development is crucial for equipping future graduates with essential skills for pivotal industry roles and driving economic sector development. Universities are: Equipping young Canadians for industry demands Building youth resilience in a changing economy Expanding youth opportunities in growing industries Learn more about the impact of research funding […]

IDeA student competition: Changing mindsets on accessibility

IDeA competition: Changing mindsets on accessibility

University of Waterloo exceeds goal for female participation in STEM disciplines

With a vision to increase female participation in STEM-related disciplines, the University of Waterloo is doing more than just setting ambitious goals – they are surpassing them.

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Who we are Universities Canada is the voice of Canadian universities, at home and abroad. We are a membership organization providing university presidents with a unified voice for higher education, research and innovation. Universities Canada, formerly the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, advances the mission of our member institutions to transform lives, strengthen […]

Celebrating Convocation 2021

This is the first convocation season that follows an entire academic year in the shadow of the pandemic.

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Canada’s university leaders visit Mexico to boost partnerships

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – A delegation of Canadian university leaders is in Mexico this week to bolster research and institutional partnerships and to encourage greater student mobility between the two countries. From September 8 to 12, presidents and senior representatives from 14 universities will meet with institutional partners, government officials and Mexican and Canadian private […]

Canada’s universities strengthen ties with Mexican partners

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Canada today boosted its research and higher education ties with Mexico as the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada renewed its memorandum of understanding with its counterpart organization in Mexico, the National Association of Universities and Institutions (ANUIES). The five-year agreement aims to broaden Canada-Mexico cooperation in higher education in […]

New Canada-Mexico agreement to boost student mobility

Canada’s universities sign memorandum of understanding with Mexican science and technology council. Mexico City, Mexico – Canada strengthened its higher education ties with Mexico today as Universities Canada signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Council of Science and Technology of the United Mexican States (CONACYT). The agreement will increase academic exchanges and research […]

Building with Brazil: Higher education ties are leading the way

This op-ed was published in The Hill Times on April 20, 2016. By Paul Davidson, president and CEO of Universities Canada The Rio Olympics start in just over 100 days, and the world’s athletes have long been preparing for Brazil. So have Canada’s universities. But after the cyclists and swimmers and rowers and gymnasts leave Rio […]

Education is the key to meaningful reconciliation

The following op-ed was published in The Hill Times, June 20, 2016 By Paul Davidson On the longest day of the year, we’ll see more than 15 hours of daylight in Ottawa. In Inuvik, land of the midnight sun, there will be no darkness at all. For Indigenous communities, the summer solstice is a time […]

Investments in students and innovation will build Canada’s prosperity

OTTAWA – The vital role of universities in growing prosperity and improving quality of life for all Canadians is reflected in new investments in innovation and lifelong learning announced in today’s federal budget. Increased support for higher education and business partnerships and career-boosting opportunities for students highlights the priority government places on universities as leaders […]

Budget and beyond: Science report promises roadmap to better research

This op-ed appeared in the Calgary Herald on April 7, 2017 By Elizabeth Cannon, chair of Universities Canada and president, University of Calgary The university research community didn’t get all it hoped for in the federal government’s new budget, but there are notable investments in higher education that will help set the stage for the […]

Pre-budget 2019 consultations: Universities Canada’s presentation

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Presentation by Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance Introduction Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you on behalf of Canada’s 96 universities. I appeared before this committee last year in Saskatoon. We discussed how research drives innovation and builds prosperity. Since then we’ve seen […]

Advancing reconciliation through postsecondary education

This op-ed was published in Policy Options on November 19, 2018 by Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada and Roberta Jamieson, CEO, Indspire Postsecondary education is the gateway for young people to access — and create — opportunities in our rapidly changing world. In Canada, we believe everyone should have the tools and support they need to achieve their […]

Open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 

We are at a critical moment for Canada and this budget missed the mark on investing to secure Canada’s future prosperity.

Meric Gertler, chair of Universities Canada, inaugural speech: What do universities owe Canadians?

President, University of Toronto Chair of Universities Canada Universities Canada’s fall 2021 membership meeting I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to serve Universities Canada.  Merci pour la confiance que vous m’avez accordée. Universities Canada leads such an important cause in the service of Canadian higher education and advanced research.  It plays a vital role […]

Dalhousie Faculty of Computer Science exceeds goal to double enrolment of female students

The number of female students entering first-year Computer Science at Dalhousie jumped 144% between 2016 and 2018. The dean of the Faculty of Computer Science credits the collaborative efforts of the university, industry, and the Nova Scotia school system for this success.

Emily Carr University offers a gathering place for Aboriginal students

Emily Carr University has created the Aboriginal Gathering Place to provide culturally appropriate support for Aboriginal students in a centre that reflects their community and traditions.

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Canada set to lead the world in research and innovation

Op-ed by AUCC chairman David Barnard.

Bessma Momani

Promoting responsible citizenship among Arab-Canadian youth

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston

The Governor General spoke about Canada as a land of opportunity for those fleeing hunger, war and oppression. He cited tolerance and opportunity as the foundation of Canada’s success, past, present and future.

John Dick

Uncovering the role of stem cells in treating leukemia

Janet Rossant

Understanding the role of genes in development

Foreword by David Johnston and Paul Davidson

“In Canada’s research community, the response to the pandemic has been outstanding and filled with innovation.”

Canada-in-Asia Conference 2023

Feb. 21-23, 2023, Singapore


The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Universities Canada worked together to deliver a world-class event to catalyze a new and transformative phase of Canada-Asia engagement.

Alexander Kupers

Research on the mathematics of shape recognized by Sloan Foundation

Canadian Innovation Week

Canadian Innovation Week is a time to recognize and celebrate the inspirational innovation, discoveries and progress made by Canadian innovators, coast to coast.

A national intellectual property strategy in Canada: submission

Universities Canada’s submission to the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s consultation on Canada’s new IP strategy. July 2017 University research and development is a major driver of Canadian innovation and economic growth. Canada’s universities conduct 41 per cent of Canada’s R&D. It is estimated that postsecondary institutions produce over $55 billion annually in economic […]

Strengthening Canada’s Global Skills

Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance Pre-budget Consultations in Advance of Budget 2024

Beyond the rhetoric: Getting to real solutions for Canada’s skills challenges

This op-ed appeared in Charlottetown’s The Guardian on July 9, 2014 on the occasion of the 150th  anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference By Paul Davidson, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada One hundred and fifty years ago, the Fathers of Confederation gathered in Charlottetown to reimagine the future. Another gathering of […]

Canada’s universities and colleges sign historic partnership agreement

OTTAWA – Young Canadians will be the prime beneficiaries of a new partnership between the country’s colleges and universities. The framework for collaboration – signed today at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary by Paul Davidson, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and Denise Amyot, president of Colleges and Institutes Canada – is […]

Getting the best out of national innovation systems

University presidents and innovation leaders from Canada, Israel and Germany share ideas for higher education, research and innovation OTTAWA – An international gathering of university and research leaders in Ottawa this week will discuss national innovation systems and how they help universities drive the advancements that build prosperity. University presidents and innovation experts from Canada, […]

Canada’s universities as incubators of excellence

This op-ed was published in the September/October 2016 edition of Policy magazine. By Elizabeth Cannon, chair of Universities Canada and president, University of Calgary One million students are taking notes, conducting research and interpreting texts on university campuses across Canada today, pursuing their undergraduate degrees. Among them are the soon-to-be sesquicentennial grads, our first foot […]

Positioning Canada as a global research leader

Universities Canada’s submission to federal science review focuses on mobilizing people and ideas OTTAWA – The time is right for Canada to become a leader in global research excellence and a strategic approach to supporting discovery research and top talent will get us there.  That’s the main message of Universities Canada’s recommendations to the federal […]

Made-in-Canada Innovation: Support for a knowledge-based economy

This op-ed was published in The Daily Gleaner on November 11, 2016. By Dino Trevisani, president, IBM Canada He spoke at the Halifax Public Library on Monday, November 7 on the topic of “Made-in-Canada Innovation” as part of Universities Canada’s Mindshare speaker series. Skilled, educated young people are a valuable resource in Canada and, in Atlantic Canada, […]

Canada can’t afford to lose a generation of top research talent

This op-ed was published in the Globe and Mail on April 28, 2017 By Elizabeth Cannon, chair, Universities Canada and president, University of Calgary Prove it. It’s a schoolyard taunt that can shut down a lot of arguments. But for the scientifically minded, it’s an open challenge. The Advisory Panel on Federal Support for Fundamental […]

Why the fundamental science review is good news for Canada’s smaller universities

This oped was published in the Hill Times on May 22, 2017 By Kent MacDonald, president and vice-chancellor of St. Francis Xavier University Canadians can and should be proud of the excellent research taking place at universities of all sizes across the country. It’s clear in the recent findings of Canada’s Fundamental Science Review that many […]

This is Canada’s time to lead the world on research

This is Canada’s time to lead the world on research

Reinvestment will make Canada a global research leader

This oped was published in Policy Options on October 17, 2017 By Rhonda L. Lenton, president of York University Canada will reclaim its position as a leader in fundamental research if it follows the blueprint laid out in the Naylor report. The energy on campus in fall is magical, and this year it holds special […]

Budget 2018 investments advance Fundamental Science Review panel’s vision

This oped was published on the Canadian Science Policy Centre website on March 2, 2018 By Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada Canada’s research community mobilized this past year as never before to make the case for major reinvestment in our federal research ecosystem. With alignment across institutions, networks and organizations – from students to faculty […]

Universities reaffirm commitment to Inclusive Excellence, advance action plan

OTTAWA – One year after Canada’s university leaders adopted seven Inclusive Excellence Principles to advance equity, diversity and inclusion and an accompanying action plan, Universities Canada members will reaffirm their commitment to both at the association’s fall membership meeting in Ottawa this week. The association is continuing its work in implementing the action plan with […]

Lessons of COVID-19 might define human success in the 21st century

This op-ed was published in the Vancouver Sun on March 28, 2020 By Andrew Petter, president of Simon Fraser University We stand amidst an unprecedented global crisis, an urgent test of humanity’s capacity to work together to resolve a threat to our collective health, our social cohesion and our economic welfare. At a global level, […]

Canada’s researchers vital to pandemic response, recovery and building a stronger, more inclusive future

This op-ed was published in Maclean’s on December 3rd, 2020. By the Rt. Hon. David Johnston, 28th Governor General of Canada and Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada At a time of crisis, countries look to their strengths. We ask ourselves how we can build upon and leverage our assets to get through something as destructive to our physical, mental and economic well-being as the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Congratulate the class of 2021—it’s exceeded expectations

By Paul Davidson The first six notes of Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance can prompt a lot of emotions: pride in parents who watch the gangly teens they saw off to university now cross the stage as adults; joy in graduates who’ve completed a challenge to achieve; wonder among educators who remain ever curious about […]

Accelerate 2022: Speech by board chair Meric Gertler

On behalf of Universities Canada, I want to welcome you all to Accelerate 2022. Thank you for being with us. We have assembled a truly impressive gathering of experts, thought leaders and changemakers from across Canada. The tasks before us today are of vital importance to the country, as we work together to recover from […]

Paralympics model shows the way

Rick Hansen: Removing barriers opens doors to career success for students with disabilities.

Universities better placed than ever to help Canada address its biggest challenges

Earlier this week university leaders, students, policymakers, parliamentarians and business leaders gathered in Ottawa to exchange ideas on securing a prosperous future for Canada.

The Biden Bilateral: Expanding our Innovation Partnership for the Next Big Thing

“If we can put a man on the moon, surely we can…” the expression goes. You can fill in whatever earthly frustration you like. That first trip to the moon more than 50 years ago changed our thinking as inhabitants of this planet. Suddenly, anything seemed possible. While the House of Commons Standing Committee on Science and Research contemplates a Canadian-driven moonshot, we would do well to think about whether we are fully equipped to achieve whatever the next audacious goal might be.

Universities innovate for equitable education worldwide

Researchers and university-led programs strive to ensure everyone, despite geographic location or other limiting factors, can access quality education. 

Co-developing research on Arctic char with Inuit Knowledge

Climate change in the Arctic is up to four times more rapid than anywhere else on the planet.

That’s why Dr. Marianne Falardeau, a postdoctoral researcher at the Université Laval, looks to co-develop solutions to ensure sustainable and resilient Arctic char populations with Inuit Knowledge.

Pushing the frontiers of knowledge

The projects featured in the booklet Pushing the frontiers of knowledge for the advancement of humanity are a small sample of the powerful ways that Canadian universities collaborating with other higher education institutions, non-governmental organizations, governments and the private sector are changing lives for the better. These partnerships advance knowledge and practice in many fields […]

Welcoming the new university presidents of 2021

Get to know the new faces leading Canada’s universities: Gilles Savard Gilles Savard is the acting president of Polytechnique Montréal. Professor Savard has a PhD and MSc in Operations Research from Polytechnique Montréal and has been a professor there since 1998. In addition to his rich career as an educator and researcher, he has served […]

Cool university courses that’ll make you wish you were a student again

Find out about out-of-the-box courses offered at Canadian universities.

Greener shores in Atlantic Canada through university research

Learn how Atlantic universities are working to protect, preserve and learn from the ocean in the fight against climate change.

Andrea Damascelli

Creating a new superconducting material

James Retallack

Furthering research on pre-First World War Germany

Pedro Vieira

Tackling the toughest problems of quantum field theory

Dominic McIver Lopes

Focusing on the nature and significance of art and the aesthetic

Patrick McGrath

Providing children and families greater access to mental health services

Connecting Canadian talent to the world

Investing in our youth to drive a prosperous, inclusive and innovative Canadian economy.

Act now on science funding, or miss Canada’s moment

Act now on science funding, or miss Canada’s moment

Canada has everything to gain through research collaboration with China

Canada’s future enhanced through research collaboration with China

Universities Canada launches climate initiative

This new initiative, organized by Universities Canada, will unite Canadian universities in a coordinated effort to mitigate and address the impact of climate change.

Canada’s universities are hubs where ideas and action converge to address the UN SDGs

Published by Rhonda Lenton, President of York University.

Deanna Bowen

Tracing the history of Black Settlement on the Canadian prairies

Dániel Péter Biró

Researching history through musical composition

Ten unusual programs of study at Canadian universities

We all know the classic degrees: business, science, the arts. But what if you want to study something a little more “off the beaten path”?

Ron Hanlon, Moderator

President and CEO, Halifax Partnership

Paul Santerre

Improving treatment outcomes for patients across Canada

Marco Amabili

Biomechanical engineer aims to build better aortic grafts

Accelerate 2024

Feb. 6-7, Ottawa, ON


Accelerate 2024 is where academia, industry and government come together to shape Canada’s social and economic renewal. Thematic sessions on housing, healthcare and artificial intelligence aim to accelerate cross-sector collaborations to engineer innovative solutions to critical challenges facing Canada.

Universities Canada welcomes Laval rector Sophie D’Amours as vice-chair

OTTAWA – Sophie D’Amours, elected as the first-ever woman rector at Université Laval in 2017, became vice-chair of Universities Canada’s board of directors today during the association’s fall membership meeting in Ottawa. Dr. D’Amours is part of a wave of new leadership at Canada’s universities, with more than a third of universities appointing new presidents […]

Canadian Innovation Week 2022: #InnovateToCompete

Universities are common places where innovations and start-up companies are brought to life—helping Canada compete on the global stage.

Universities, an investment in our future

This op-ed was posted online by The Hill Times on November 9, 2015. By Robert Proulx, rector of UQAM Issues around higher education are largely absent from election contests, and the recent federal election is no exception. Yet the economy, employment, climate change, sustainable development, health and quality of life are all issues for which advances […]

It’s time for Canada to reinvest in university research

This oped was published in the Montreal Gazette on September 1, 2017 By Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor, McGill University and member of Universities Canada’s board of directors; Sophie D’Amours, rector, Université Laval and Guy Breton, rector, Université de Montréal. They’re back! Over the past few days, 310,000 students have arrived on campus at universities across […]

University Research Key to Meeting Canada’s Economic Ambitions

President Joe Biden’s visit to Canada this week comes at a time when our neighbour and most valued trading partner is re-thinking economic policy in a way that has important implications for the Canadian economy and the contribution research universities make to its success.

Peggy St. Jacques

Unlocking the mysteries of real-world memories

Make your future brighter: Study abroad

This article was published in Le Soleil on October 13, 2018 By François-Olivier Picard, member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council As students return to campus for the school year, I can’t help but think about how I felt attending my first classes in Université Laval’s Palasis-Prince building five years ago. It was all new: […]

Engaging with China for the Long Haul

This op-ed was published in The Chronicle Herald on October 11, 2018 By Paul Davidson, President, Universities Canada Canada has been engaged with China for over one hundred years. Our engagement has adapted to changing circumstance, opportunity and risk – with strong support from Canada’s universities since the beginning. In the early 1900s dozens of graduates of […]

Quick facts: Back to school 2018

Facts and stats on job skills, lifelong learning, global mobility, hands-on learning, Indigenous education and entrepreneurship.

Canada and Colombia strengthen research and innovation ties

Memorandums of understanding support research collaboration and mobility Vancouver, B.C.— Canadian and Colombian higher education organizations signed two important agreements today which will improve student mobility and heighten research collaboration between the two countries. Higher education and research partnerships are a critical part of the Canada-Colombia bilateral relationship. The agreement between Universities Canada and the […]

Universities Canada’s social impact principles

Canada’s universities are dedicated to improving and enriching the lives of Canadians by working as connectors and catalysts, bringing together communities, educational institutions, governments and the private sector to create positive change.

Today’s graduates are paving the way for a prosperous future

University graduates are prepared to take on the changing workforce and to revitalize Canada’s economy.

Federal Science, Technology and Innovation Review

Submission by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in response to the federal government’s recently launched consultation process to update its science, technology and innovation strategy. The association highlights the universities’ unique role in Canada’s innovation system. The association points out that our ability to train innovative graduates, to attract the brightest minds […]

Capilano University joins Universities Canada

OTTAWA – Universities Canada today welcomed Capilano University to its membership, effective immediately. During its fall membership meeting, Universities Canada’s members approved Capilano University’s application, making it the 96th member of the national association. “It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Capilano University to our association,” said Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada. “We look […]

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