Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)

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Lakehead University Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)

The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) is part of the federal government's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. It has 3 funding stages to help sustain research activity at Canadian universities and health research institutions.  

CRCEF is a tri-agency program and is administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) on behalf of the three federal research funding agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and SSHRC. The Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) provides strategic oversight for the program and approves awards. The Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) provides administration.

Program objectives

The program has two objectives:

  1. as a priority, to provide wage support for universities and health research institutions, both of which are ineligible to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), to help them retain research-related personnel during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic (Stage 1 and 2); and
  2. to support extraordinary incremental costs associated with maintaining essential research-related commitments during the COVID-19 pandemic, and then ramping-up to full research activities as physical distancing measures are eased and research activities can resume (Stage 3).

More information on the program can be found here:




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Stage 1 and 4Stage 3


Program Governance

The CRCEF program expects universities and their affiliated health research institutions to establish “appropriate procedures, systems and controls to ensure that agency and program policies and requirements are followed,” and as such a CRCEF Oversight Committee has been formed by the Vice-President Research and Innovation to manage allocations among eligible institutions and to share best practices in making allocations to eligible research projects within each institution.  CRCEF Oversight Committee members are from the Office of Research Services (ORS), Financial Services (FS), Office of Human Rights and Equity (OHRE), the Faculty of Graduate Studies, NOSM and TBRHRI. 


Lakehead University CRCEF Governance

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice-President Research and Innovation is the senior official responsible for management of the CRCEF program at Lakehead and for ensuring the program’s requirements are met.

The Vice-President Research and Innovation has established the Lakehead University CRCEF Management Committee to review all CRCEF Stage applications from researchers for eligibility and to ensure principles of equity, diversity and inclusion will be followed in all stages to prevent systemic barriers from impeding access to funds sought by equity-seeking groups.  The Vice-President Research and Innovation chairs the CRCEF Management Committee.  Other members include the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Director, Research Services, Executive Assistant to the Vice-President Research and Innovation, Director, Office of Human Rights and Equity, Associate Vice-President Administration and Finance and the Manager, Research Accounting.  The Lakehead University CRCEF Management Committee has representation from equity seeking groups, specifically women, racialized minorities, and persons with disabilities.    In addition, members of the committee are all required to complete the Tri-Agency Unconscious Bias on-line training module.  Furthermore, our decision-making process will value research that is non-traditional or unconventional, including research that is based in indigenous ways of knowing, outside the mainstream of the discipline, or focused on issues of gender, race or minority status.  Lakehead University is committed to ensuring the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion remain at the forefront of the Committee’s decision-making processes.

Health Research Affiliates:

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute (TBRHRI) are affiliated with Lakehead University and eligible to receive their proportionate share of the CRCEF attributable to their non-government total research income (three year average over three years (2015/16-2017/18) as reported in the Financial Information of Universities and Colleges (FIUC) from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO).

If you are a NOSM faculty member or TBRHRI Scientist or Lakehead University-TBRHRI Research Chair, you will need to apply to the institution administering the non-government research grant/contract and employer of the research personnel to receive the wage subsidy.

Lakehead, NOSM and TBRHRI have agreed to share the CRCEF based on the CRCEF Grant allocation formula and attributable to each institution’s share of non-government funding (Stage 1).

Lakehead University’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

As an inclusive employer, Lakehead University recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of our entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by equity-seeking groups in our society, and we strive to support all individuals in achieving academic and professional success.

In managing CRCEF funding, Lakehead University is committed to active measures to prevent systemic barriers from creating unequal access to, or exclusion from participating in the research enterprise.

To ensure equity, diversity and inclusion are embedded in the CRCEF decision making process, Lakehead researchers reporting a need for research personnel wage support (Stage 1 and 4) are advised that EDI principles must be taken into consideration in their decisions relating to their research teams. Among other factors, researchers were specifically directed to consider research personnel who voluntarily withdrew from their roles or whose research productivity was adversely affected during COVID-19 due to equity-related considerations including, but not limited to:

  • personal health concerns or disability,
  • caregiving for child(ren), persons with disabilities, elder care, or
  • anyone who left Canada to travel back to a home country.

The same equity-related considerations will be considered in Lakehead University’s decision-making process Stage 3. This is a people-centric program, and we are committed to ensuring our community is supported in an equitable way.

In the case that all eligible claims fall within Lakehead University’s CRCEF Stage envelope, all claims will be paid. If the total of all claims exceed Lakehead’s funding envelope, a committee will review eligibility and will provide a recommendation for the  distribution of funds to the Vice-President Research and Innovation, for approval by the CRCEF Oversight Committee. The committee will include diverse representation, including members of equity-seeking groups. All members will be required to have successfully completed unconscious bias training. Equity, diversity, and inclusion considerations will be required in the committee’s deliberations, as outlined above.

For questions related to equity, diversity and inclusion in CRCEF guidelines, please contact Mr. Dylan Mazur, Director, Human Rights and Equity at