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About us

CAPS/ACPP is a volunteer-run, non-profit professional association that advocates on behalf of Canadian postdoctoral scholars for a wide range of career paths. CAPS/ACPP strongly believes in the value of advocacy work for Canadian postdocs.
The mandate of CAPS/ACPP is to improve the lives, career development, and work experience of all Canadian postdocs. The vision that guides this mandate is one of a strong community in which all Canadian postdocs are provided fair compensation, benefits, rights, privileges, and protections, as well as a supportive social network and effective support and career development opportunities.

Latest News

Statement of Solidarity with Postdoc Unions advocating for improved working conditions
CAPS/ACPP encourages all Unionized Postdocs to learn about their Collective Agreements, to join postdoc associations nationally and locally, to understand and negotiate their work contracts, and to be proactive about their needs. Where Postdoc Unions do not exist, CAPS/ACPP recommends that Postdocs organize and develop a Collective Agreement.
February 22 – We wrote to the Postdoctoral Researchers at Queen’s University to express our support for their bargaining process and share our recommendations.
March 1 – We wrote to the Postdoctoral Researchers at the University of Toronto to express our support for their bargaining process and share our recommendations.
TAKE ACTION! Advocate for increased Postdoc Pay with Support Our Science
Budget 2024 is currently being finalized – and after 20 years of stagnant funding, it’s about time graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are included! Use the link to call, email, and tweet at decision-makers before March 8th
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The 2020 National Postdoc Survey is now published
Learn about the postdoc experience across Canada and recommendations for improvement here 
Introducing CAPS/ACPP First Fridays
CAPS/ACPP First Fridays are an open invitation for CAPS/ACPP members to meet with the CAPS/ACPP Executive Council on Zoom. This will be a recurring event on the first Friday of each month.

The next First Friday will be held on March 1st, 3pm Eastern.

Hosted by CAPS/ACPP Chair, Henny Bennett.

Please Register here

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Write your MP and Ministers to increase research funding!

Join a letter writing campaign to request an increase in funding for postdocs through the budgets for federal funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC).

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CAPS/ACPP has written letters in the mail to almost 100 MPs: Party leaders, federal ministers, and those representing Universities. We need your help to advocate for increased federal funding to pay Canadian grad students and Postdocs liveable wages. Write a letter, call, or email your MP and sign up for the Support Our Science (SOS) mailing list to learn about actions you can take to advocate for the future of Canadian research funding.

Above, CAPS/ACPP Chair, Henny Bennett, places letters to the House of Commons in a Canada Post box.

Learn more about CAPS/ACPP and our 13th Annual General Meeting featuring data from the 2020 National Survey and the Work Permit Survey. 
In English et en français.

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Become a CAPS/ACPP Member

Postdocs can join the CAPS/ACPP community for FREE! 

Benefits: you will receive regular updates on postdoc affairs and will have access to various professional development and informative events run by CAPS/ACPP

Do you represent a Postdoc Association?

CAPS/ACPP is looking to connect with postdoc associations across Canada
 Add your name to our national directory, meet with our advocacy team, and to join our Slack channel where we can share and learn about postdoc experiences. Email chair[at]capsacpp.ca

Contact Us

Email us at communications[at]capsacpp.ca