Federal funding support for research personnel and trainees impacted by COVID-19

I am pleased to share more details of federal funding programs that are available to support the payment of salaries of research personnel and trainees who have been impacted by lost funds or research interruptions due to COVID-19. The following programs are applicable for research at UBC and affiliated health research institutions:

Research funded by non-government sources (industry and foundations)

The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) is a tri-agency program administered by SSHRC and is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The initial focus of this fund is on wage support. It can cover up to 75% of salaries paid to research personnel or trainees through research projects funded by non-government sources. To qualify for payment, salaries must have been associated with projects that have either lost industry or foundation funding, or have been interrupted due to the impacts of research curtailment, between March 15 and August 29, 2020. CRCEF can fund salaries for a maximum of 12 weeks per individual within the eligibility period.

Faculty members will be contacted by their department, Faculty, or affiliated institution regarding submitting salary funding requests for projects with eligible funding sources. More details about eligibility can be found at https://research.ubc.ca/cwl/CRCEF.

Please note that applications to the UBC Research Staff and Trainee Emergency Fund are currently suspended as we fully determine how the UBC fund intersects with CRCEF.

More information about CRCEF can be found at https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/crcef-fucrc/index-eng.aspx.

Research funded by federal granting agencies (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR)

Additional information has been published by the federal granting agencies about supplementary support for research personnel and trainees funded by NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR grants. Faculty members will be contacted directly by the relevant funding agency for each eligible grant they hold. Additional details are posted on the web pages listed below:

We are grateful to the federal government for this support for research personnel and trainees at Canadian universities and affiliated health research institutions.

Gail Murphy
Vice-President, Research & Innovation


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Planning for the safe phased-in re-occupancy of our campuses

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As you know, UBC is introducing a COVID-19 safety planning process to allow for a gradual resumption of programs and activities on our campuses over the four phases of the BC Restart Plan.

Thank you to everyone who continues to work remotely and those who are providing crucial on-campus services. I appreciate that it has been a significant adjustment for everyone, balancing work and home life at the same time as you have so ably transitioned during the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic. Please know that your efforts do not go unnoticed and I am proud of all our faculty and staff for your ongoing dedication to UBC.

Over the past several weeks, the UBC Executive has been working closely with the COVID-19 Safety Planning Steering Committee to establish a robust process for the resumption of academic, administrative and ancillary services. The safety planning process is built on guiding principles focused on the health, safety and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff and the public; anchored in health and safety guidance from the Provincial Health Officer and public health agencies including WorkSafeBC; adopting a gradual, phased approach; and recognizing that we may need to reinstate restrictions should public health guidance change.

The process involves Faculties, administrative units and ancillary services completing a COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) and submitting it to the COVID-19 Safety Plan Steering Committee or to the appropriate approver as identified in the websites below.

Details regarding the COVID-19 Safety Plan submission process, plan templates and other helpful tools can be found at:

All faculty and staff are also required to complete mandatory online training if their work requires them to be on-campus. This training has been designed to help us all in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 on our campuses. More information is available on the websites noted above.

In addition, UBC has developed broad guidelines for the review and approval of COVID-19 Safety Plans. Overall, prioritization will be based on five categories. Please note that other factors may be considered as necessary in the timing of the approval of individual plans. The five categories include:

  1. Academic/research resumption
  2. Services that directly support the resumption of research, teaching and learning
  3. Revenue-generating units
  4. University ancillary services
  5. Administrative units

Planning for a phased approach to on-campus research resumption began in early June. Information relating to the resumption of on-campus research, including information about that process can be found on the UBC Research + Innovation website: https://research.ubc.ca/phased-resumption-campus-research-scholarship-and-creative-activities

It is also expected that remote work will continue for many faculty and staff. However, remote work may not be appropriate for some, and any changes to individual remote work arrangements will be considered based on a number of factors, including the ability to perform work safely, privacy issues and technology considerations. Changes to your current work arrangements will only be considered after your department/unit’s respective safety plan has been reviewed and has received approval. If your role has required you to continue to work on campus, your department/unit is also required to submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

It is vital that we maintain health and safety standards for those returning to our campuses. This includes promoting the importance of staying home if you are ill, getting tested if you have symptoms, continuing to practice good hygiene by frequent hand washing and maintaining physical distancing as much as possible.

The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, but I am heartened to see UBC moving forward on gradual re-occupancy and the measured resumption of on-campus programs and services. I know that providing our students with the best experience possible at UBC, while ensuring the health and safety of our community, continues to be our first priority.

Thank you for all you do for the university.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


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Complete the final Integrated Renewal Program readiness survey by July 10

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As you’re probably aware, UBC has continued on an Integrated Renewal Program (IRP), which will transform our HR, Finance and Student systems and processes. As we approach November 2020, we are once again seeking your feedback in a final readiness survey, to help measure progress and continue to prepare for the change.

Thank you to those who shared their thoughts in our previous readiness survey last year.

The survey is open to all faculty and staff. It will take about 15 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. Please take a moment to complete the survey using the link below by Friday, July 10.

https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cCmQH0rKMUxho8d

On behalf of the program sponsors, we are committed to listening and responding to your feedback. If you would like to know more about the IRP, please visit https://irp.ubc.ca/. If you have any questions about the program or survey, please use the ServiceNow link on the IRP website http://irp.ubc.ca/contact.

Thank you for your support in helping UBC prepare for this transformational change. Your input is critical and will help us improve how we manage this change at both a departmental and organizational level.

Peter Smailes
Vice-President, Finance and Operations

Andrew Szeri
Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver

Deborah Buszard
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

Ananya Mukherjee
Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Okanagan

Marcia Buchholz
Vice-President, Human Resources


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Moving forward on Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination*

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This past weekend, Michael Korenberg, the Chair of the Board of Governors, informed the Board and the university that he was stepping down after social media interactions that, in his own words, “thoughtlessly supported regressive voices which are attempting to discredit broad-based, legal and necessary protest” (https://bog.ubc.ca/statement-from-michael-korenberg). We acknowledge both Mr. Korenberg’s apology and his contributions as Chair of the Board of Governors.

Both individual acts of racism and systemic racism harm Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) in Canada. Just in the past 10 days, we have seen far too many examples of individual and systemic racism against Black and Indigneous people and members of other marginalized communities.

As I said in my statement on UBC and systemic racism (https://president.ubc.ca/letter-to-the-community/2020/06/16/ubc-committee-on-systemic-racism/) racism and bias have no place in our community and where it is found, there must be accountability. Racism requires systemic solutions and effort from all of us as a community. We must all play a role in fighting hatred, oppression, violence and injustice and find ways to support and respect those who have been historically, systematically and persistently marginalized.

It is critical for the entire university to demonstrate its absolute commitment to BIPOC faculty, students, and staff and to anti-racism and anti-discrimination. I am committed to doing that work, beginning with consultations with the UBC Black Caucus, Indigenous and Asian groups and other marginalized communities.

It is fitting that last week we observed both Juneteenth, marking the anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States, and National Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrating the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Let us maintain this social momentum and continue to push for positive structural change, both here at UBC and in society at large.

I look forward to working with Interim Board Chair Sandra Cawley, the Board of Governors, and the entire UBC community as we move forward.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


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Message from the Vice-Chair of the University of British Columbia Board of Governors

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Message from the Vice-Chair of the UBC Board of Governors

The UBC Board of Governors Chair, Michael Korenberg, has informed the Board and the university that he is stepping down from his role effective immediately. His decision comes after information that was publicized last week about his social media interactions that appeared to support regressive voices online and undermine legitimate protest.

The Board of Governors and Mr. Korenberg would like to recognize that this has been deeply hurtful to members of our community and that UBC has zero tolerance for racism and recognizes that real harm is created from both overt and structural racism.

We as the Board reaffirm our commitment to anti-racism and anti-discrimination, particularly at this moment where collectively we need to advance the actions of the university, to engage in learning and provide strong leadership. As Board members, we must also hold ourselves accountable: the Board is committed to internal conversations about how to further these values in the coming months. We are committed to personally addressing systemic racism and to upholding the values of the university including dignity, equity, diversity and inclusion.

The Board and the university would like to thank Mr. Korenberg for his years of service, commitment and contributions to UBC. As Chair, he supported a wide-range of initiatives under the UBC Strategic Plan including increasing accountability and improving the governance of the Board and its committees. He was appointed to the Board in 2016, served as Vice-Chair in 2016 and 2017, was elected Chair in 2018 and was re-appointed for a third-term in 2019. He chaired the Board’s Finance, Executive, Employee Relations, Governance and Endowment Responsible Investment Policy committees and served on the Board’s Property, Audit and IT Advisory committees.

I will assume the role of Chair for an interim period until such a time as the Board elects a new Chair.

On behalf of the Board and the university, I wish Mr. Korenberg well in his future endeavors.

Sandra Cawley
Vice-Chair, UBC Board of Governors


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Letter from Santa

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I am pleased to announce the June 2020 edition of Letter from Santa, a regular communication to members of the UBC community.

In this newsletter, I touch upon what I’ve been doing as president, as well as celebrate UBC milestones and accomplishments. I publish the newsletter about once every two months to my website.

In this issue, I discuss our response to systemic racism, COVID-19 preparations and other news. You’ll find all the stories at https://president.ubc.ca/communications/letter-to-the-community/.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


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Announcing the new Chancellor for UBC

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On behalf of the Board of Governors, I am delighted to announce that the former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, the Honourable Steven Lewis Point, has been appointed the university’s 19th Chancellor, upon nomination by the alumni UBC Board of Directors.

Mr. Point is a member of the Skowkale First Nation and has an outstanding record of service to the people of British Columbia. He has advocated for First Nations people throughout his career, pressing for greater recognition of their contributions and their fuller involvement in all aspects of life in BC.

A double alumnus of UBC, Mr. Point has retained close ties with the university since receiving his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1985. He served as director of the First Nations Legal Studies program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law from 1991–1994. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2013 for his exceptional commitment in the field of law, legal and Aboriginal education and his leadership in the Indigenous community.

Mr. Point is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, the Order of British Columbia, the Joseph H. Cohen Award from the Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation, a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Order of Chilliwack, and honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from the University of the Fraser Valley and Capilano University.

The Chancellor is the titular head of the university. In this role, Mr. Point will be the chair of the Convocation and a member of the Board of Governors and Senates. He will confer degrees granted by UBC and represent the university in many formal occasions. The Chancellor is also a member, ex officio, of the Board of Directors of alumni UBC.

Starting his role on July 1, Mr. Point will succeed Lindsay Gordon, who steps down after six years of exemplary service to the university. On behalf of a very grateful Board of Governors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lindsay for his tremendous contributions to the university, both before and during his time as our Chancellor, and assure him that he will always be welcome at all UBC events, on both campuses.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Point on his appointment.

Michael J. Korenberg
Chair, UBC Board of Governors


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UBC and systemic racism

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Recent events, including the incident involving UBC graduate student Savoy Williams, have brought to light the pervasiveness of systemic racism, and in particular anti-Black racism. When any population on campus does not feel included, respected, and engaged, it impacts their experience and their capacity to change the world.

Since my statement on racism earlier this month (https://president.ubc.ca/letter-to-the-community/2020/06/01/together-against-racism/), I have heard from many members of the UBC community. I have listened to students of colour who have shared personal stories and concerns of their experiences both inside and outside the classroom. They reminded me to address: diversity in the classroom, diversity in health care providers on campus, speakers who seek only to offend and divide rather than educate, resources for culture-specific programs and services, and space for cultural groups.

All of this underscores what I said in my statement, that as a university, we need to make it crystal clear that racism and bias have no place in our community and that we have zero tolerance for it.

I have called for a full formal external investigation of the Savoy Williams incident.

I have also asked for an external review of incidents, policies (and their application), practises and training within campus security to ensure that racialized members of our community are treated equally to all other members of our community. This will include a consideration of the role and tenor of other organizations that also provide campus security, including the RCMP. As a priority, I am meeting with members of the Black Caucus to listen and to learn from their experiences of racism on our campuses.

Only after I have listened will we begin to move to action as recommended by the Black Caucus. Over time, I will expand my listening sessions to include Indigenous and Asian groups as well as other marginalized communities.

Following these consultations, I will establish an advisory committee on systemic racism. Working together, we will develop terms of reference that could include:

  • Establishing processes for open discussions on systemic racism: We have heard about the need to listen to lived experiences of systemic racism. The committee could work actively with the UBC community to create the spaces and processes which enable such listening.
  • Embedding principles of equity, diversity and inclusion into our core academic mission: I have already charged the two Provosts to work with their respective Deans towards matters related to curriculum and the diversity of the faculty complement – which we know are long-standing concerns about systemic racism in academia. We will engage the Senates, the Council of Senates, and all established governance mechanisms in these endeavors.
  • Identifying and addressing gaps in supports for racialized students, faculty and staff.
  • Addressing systemic barriers which may impede qualified racialized faculty and staff from applying to, being hired in and being retained at senior leadership positions at UBC.
  • Developing an inventory of existing anti-racism policies, practices and training and identify new initiatives to address gaps.
    I will discuss with the committee the appointment of a Senior Advisor to work with me on this initiative (as has been recommended by several people during consultations).

As I said in my statement, at UBC, diversity is our strength. We can play a role against hatred, oppression, violence and injustice and find a way to support and elevate those who have been traditionally, systemically, and historically marginalized.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


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Professor Ono’s reappointment: submit your comments by June 15

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As you may know, the current term of the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, Professor Santa J. Ono, expires on August 14, 2021.

The Presidential Reappointment Committee values the feedback of every member of the university community. As a reminder, you are invited to submit your comments about Professor Ono’s performance, and the university under his leadership, by June 15.

Your feedback will assist the Presidential Reappointment Committee who are providing a report and recommendations to the Board of Governors by July 2020.

Please visit the webpage below to learn how to submit your comments to the committee: https://bog.ubc.ca/board-committees/presidential-reappointment-committee/.

All responses are confidential and will be shared only with members of the committee, who are conducting a broad-based consultation that includes both on and off-campus individuals and organizations.

If you have any questions, you can contact Karen Hakkarainen, Secretary to the Board of Governors at board.secretariat@ubc.ca.

On behalf of the committee, I’d like to thank you in advance for taking the time to share your comments. We value your engagement in this process.

Michael J. Korenberg
Chair, UBC Board of Governors


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Together against Racism and Injustice

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Recent anti-Black and anti-Asian violence in communities across North America has focused our attention on the deeply rooted racism in Canada and globally. UBC itself is not immune to racism and injustice.

As a university, we need to make it crystal clear that racism and bias have no place in our community and that we have zero tolerance for it.

On behalf of the university, I condemn and denounce all incidents of anti-Black and anti-Asian racism and the continued racism and oppression that is directed at Indigenous communities. We must work together to dismantle the tools of oppression and white supremacy that remain prevalent and entrenched in our everyday systems. It is my hope that at least here at UBC, we can work to model a different kind of community — one where we embrace difference and work to build each other up while enacting values of dignity, mutual respect, and justice.

Deeply connected to the wider region, and benefiting from the privilege of being on unceded land, UBC must be responsive to the needs of our wider community and committed to advancing the understanding of equity, diversity, and inclusion. As a public sector institution, we have an obligation and commitment towards the public good; and as a place of learning and engagement, we are uniquely positioned to generate and mobilize knowledge that can transform systems of oppression and support emerging leaders that can help shape not only our campus, but workplaces and communities beyond our campuses. As such we will be organizing a series of public engagements focused on anti-racism.

As the President of UBC, I reaffirm our institutional commitment to inclusion and call for the acceleration and intensification of efforts to build a more inclusive campus community. Over the coming weeks, I will:

  • Ensure adequate resources to implement the goals and actions of the Inclusion Action Plan.
  • Meet with the Black Caucus and the Asian Canadian Community Engagement Group.
  • Support the diversification of the professoriate through the allocation of President’s Excellence Chairs to Black and Indigenous faculty members.
  • Support identity-based spaces and organizations and ensure that they continue to receive the funding they need.
  • Fulfill commitments within the Inclusion Action Plan for the recruitment, retention and support of Black students, staff, and faculty.
  • Ensure that all our public safety officers and other authority figures are adequately trained to eliminate any unconscious or implicit bias.
  • Endeavour to diversify our community at every level through defined programs.
  • As recommended by the External review of the Equity & Inclusion Office, establish a dotted line reporting relationship to the Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion.

I will also be working closely with members of our administration, the Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion, and relevant committees and groups to assess and look at ways that we can enhance our efforts to build a more inclusive campus. We will host a virtual town hall to elevate voices that are traditionally silenced in our institution and to monitor progress.

At UBC, diversity is our strength — inclusion of different perspectives and experiences is critical to the wellbeing of our community and the individual and collective pursuit of excellence. We can play a role against hatred, oppression, violence and injustice and find a way to support and elevate those who have been traditionally, systemically, and historically marginalized.

I encourage you to think about the role you can play in fighting racism and with that I urge you to check out the resources at https://equity.ubc.ca.

If you are in need of support, with respect to your wellbeing, you can find resources (for students) at https://students.ubc.ca or https://students.ok.ubc.ca. Faculty and staff can find resources at http://www.hr.ubc.ca or https://hr.ok.ubc.ca. If you feel that you have faced discrimination while working or studying at UBC, please contact our human rights team at https://equity.ubc.ca.

On a personal note, I say to racialized students and colleagues at UBC: this is not the first time in history that you have experienced heightened stigmatization and racism. You are strong and resilient and will thrive in the face of this as you have done throughout history. Please don’t let racism cloud your spirit. Go and be the brilliant minds and compassionate hearts that you are, and continue to shine at UBC. You belong here.

If you think there is more UBC can do, I want to hear from you at presidents.office@ubc.ca.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


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