Member Demographics

The College’s initial enrolment efforts began by seeking out the recruitment of Full Members that met all of the College’s Membership Selection Criteria. In early 2018, the College was pleased to announce the Associate Member Program as an opportunity to bring researchers into the College who did not yet meet all of the Membership Selection Criteria (for Academics), particularly those in the early stages of their careers.

Moving forward, the College aims to ensure balanced representation within its membership. As part of our targeted recruitment efforts, we will continuously monitor the membership base to fill expertise and demographic gaps in alignment with CIHR's Equity Strategy and competition reviewing needs. To help with this the College is pleased to announce the Reviewer Pathway, which is a comprehensive suite of learning and capacity development programs aimed at supporting the development of peer review skills across career stages, expertise and background, such as patients and knowledge users.

For questions about the following data and/or the College’s overall membership demographics, please contact college@cihr-irsc.gc.ca. The following demographic information is based on self-reported data from College Members.

College Membership by Type

As of January 07, 2022 the College’s Membership base is composed of:

4,306 Full Members

183 Associate Members

College Membership by Primary Theme

College Membership by Primary Theme – as of January 07, 2022
Theme College Members % of Membership Base
Biomedical 2,376 53%
Clinical 833 18%
Health systems/services 439 10%
Social/Cultural/Environmental/Population Health 633 14%
UncategorizedFootnote 1 208 5%
Total 4,489 100%

College Membership by Sex

College Membership by Sex – as of January 07, 2022
Sex College Members % of Membership Base
Female 1,840 41%
Male 2,647 59%
UncategorizedFootnote 1 2 0%
Total 4,489 100%

College Members by Geographic Distribution

College Members by Geographic DistributionFootnote 2 – as of January 07, 2022
Province/Territory College Members % of Membership Base
Alberta 550 12.25%
British Columbia 516 11.49%
Manitoba 160 3.56%
New Brunswick 17 0.38%
Newfoundland and Labrador 38 0.85%
Nova Scotia 137 3.05%
Ontario 1,692 37.69%
Prince Edward Island 3 0.07%
Quebec 1,094 24.37%
Saskatchewan 88 1.96%
Yukon 1 0.02%
Other - International 193 4.30%
Total 4,489 100%
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