Consultation on the new Canadian Research and Development Classification (CRDC)

Consultation objectives

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Statistics Canada collaborated on the development of a new single Canadian Research and Development Classification (CRDC) 2020. This shared standard classification will be used by the federal granting agencies and will align Canada with international research and development classification standards.

Canadians, in particular members of the research community, were invited to provide feedback on a proposed CRDC to ensure it represents modern and Canadian research landscapes. Members of the research community also had the opportunity to comment on whether their field of research is adequately classified or represented.

Consultation methodology

Statistics Canada conducted an online consultation from February 11 to March 22, 2019. Individuals and organization members of the research community were asked to provide feedback using an electronic questionnaire.

How to get involved

This consultation is now closed.

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Results are summarized in the following report.

Statistics Canada thanks all respondents for their interest and enthusiastic participation in the consultation on the new Canadian Research and Development Classification.