Why are some identities prioritized in the selection process?

The Canada SROP was launched as an anti-racist initiative to support budding BIPOC researchers, with a focus on countering anti-Black racism and colonialism. We seek to centre Black and Indigenous students, which is well aligned with the recommendations of the University of Toronto Anti-Black Racism Task Force and the Steering Committee for University of Toronto Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Finally, we had to prioritize Canadian Permanent Residents and Citizens for the fully funded program in order to offer the stipend.

Therefore, applications from Black and Indigenous students who are Canadian Permanent Residents or Citizens will be prioritized in the selection process.

The legal framework that allows for certain identities to be prioritized in diversity initiatives has been summarized by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

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