EDI Data Hub

EDI Data Hub

EDI Dashboard

EDI Dashboard | UCalgary


a partnership between the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Institutional Analysis

To make meaningful change to achieve an equitable, diverse, and inclusive university, key demographic data must be collected, and efforts to identify and close the diversity gaps must be tracked. The UCalgary EDI dashboard has been created through a partnership between the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Institutional Analysis. This partnership was established because high-quality data can help us reveal the gap between the Canadian population and the student body, faculty, staff, and university leadership. Data can also help institutions like ours avoid a one-size-fits-all approach to EDI measures as it tracks and validates when policies and procedures are making a measurable difference.

The information within our EDI dashboard represents a solid beginning. As we further refine and develop the dashboard, we will expand its data tracking abilities and dive further into the demographics within our university to help guide our EDI work.

Diversity is essential to inclusive excellence in research, teaching and learning. A diversity of voices, experiences and perspectives fuels novel ideas, critical thinking, faster problem-solving, better decision-making, higher employee engagement, and drives creativity and innovation. A diverse talent pool creates the opportunity for new insights and answers to some of the biggest challenges of our time. The University of Calgary is committed to fostering equitable pathways to achieving inclusive excellence across campus. 


UCalgary EDI Census: Count yourself in

As part of the OEDI’s mandate to strengthen UCalgary’s efforts to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion, we conduct equity censuses to gather a snapshot of current demographic data and experiences. The responses provide information needed to develop the necessary supports and services to ensure equitable pathways for all members of the UCalgary community to achieve their full potential. These censuses are a critical component of our reporting.

An equitable and diverse workforce enriches our work

UCalgary is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.

The research evidence is clear, diversity fuels critical thinking. It contributes to better teachers, researchers, learners and service providers. Diversity is critical to a research institution as it enables better teams and fuels ingenuity, creativity and innovation. Closing our employment gaps requires data to inform evidence-based decisions. Therefore, understanding our employee composition is urgently needed. Please help us be better. Responses to this Employee Equity Census will also provide valuable statistical information that can guide future policies, procedures and practices.

Employment Equity Census

A primary aim of the census is to understand UCalgary’s demographics. It will enable us to create a baseline for change. Responses will be analyzed and support data-informed and evidence-based decision-making. The university will identify patterns and trends and address any obstacles that impede an individual’s success within UCalgary. We will use this data to create policies, processes and systems that remove barriers that impede the ability of members of the campus community to thrive. The data will also inform campus-wide initiatives to create equitable pathways to and across the campus community.

FAQ and Glossary

Student Equity Census

UCalgary’s Student Equity Census is a small step toward a much bigger goal of creating an equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible university for all.

We want to ensure our university — its policies, services and practices — are reflective of and responsive to our students and our community. To achieve this goal, we first need good data to support evidence-based decision-making. The data collected is most meaningful when all voices are heard, and all students are included.

FAQ and Glossary

EDI Data Infographics

Learn more about the composition of the UCalgary community's employee and student groups. These data infographics represent the changes in demographics from 2016 to 2022. This data is integral to the OEDI's reporting strategy as an overall picture of how the UCalgary community reflects the general Canadian population. For more information, please visit the EDI Dashboard.

Racialized and Indigenous Representation at Canadian Universities, 2019

Adapted from Universities Canada. EDI at Canadian Universities 



Selected population characteristics of postsecondary faculty and researchers by region, role and employment status (37-10-0165-01), Statistics Canada, Survey of Postsecondary Faculty and Researchers, 2019.

Statistics Canada. Table 37-10-0165-01  Selected population characteristics of postsecondary faculty and researchers by region, role, and employment status

EDI Data – Canadian Postsecondary Sector

The evidence clearly shows that increasing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research environments enhances excellence, innovation and creativity. EDI policies and practices strengthen the research community and the quality, social relevance, outcomes, and impacts of research. UCalgary is transforming the research culture by removing systemic barriers in the academic research community.

CAUT Almanac of Postsecondary Education

The CAUT Almanac of Post-Secondary Education in Canada is a source for Canada's most current statistical information on post-secondary education. The Almanac provides statistics on university and college finances; academic staff salaries and gender; student enrolment and graduation rates; student-teacher ratios; university research funding; and national, provincial, and international comparisons.


CAUT Equity Review

The existence of gender disparities in the awarding of tenure raises serious concerns about the status of female faculty in Canadian universities. Women historically have been far less likely than their male counterparts to be appointed to a tenure or tenure track position.

Equity Review

Higher Education Strategy Associates

We provide strategic insight and guidance to governments, post-secondary institutions, and agencies through excellence and expertise in policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic consulting services. Through these activities, HESA strives to improve the quality, efficacy, and fairness of higher education systems in Canada and worldwide.


Statistics Canada - Survey of Postsecondary Faculty and Researchers, 2019

The Survey of Postsecondary Faculty and Researchers was conducted in 2019 to fill data gaps on equity, diversity and inclusion among those who teach or conduct research in Canada's postsecondary sector. It also examines how various diversity characteristics, among survey respondents, have influenced their career experiences. The survey was sponsored by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.


Universities Canada - Equity, diversity and inclusion at Canadian universities: Report on the 2019 survey

In October 2017, Universities Canada members endorsed seven Inclusive Excellence Principles as part of their ongoing commitment to advance equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). At the same time, Universities Canada committed to a five-year action plan to support members’ progress.


2019 Survey

Universities Canada - EDI by the Numbers: Statistics on EDI at Canadian Universities

Empowering and mobilizing a full spectrum of ideas, talent, perspectives and experiences build a more innovative, prosperous and inclusive Canada. University leaders are working together and collaborating with community organizations, business leaders and governments to reduce barriers to equity, diversity and inclusivity on campus and in society.

By the numbers

Universities Canada - EDI stories and initiatives at Canadian Universities

Canada’s universities are committed to making their communities more open and inclusive. Explore how universities are promoting equity, diversity and inclusion for students, faculty and staff.

Canadian university resources

Universities Canada - Equity, diversity and inclusion facts and statistics

At their core, universities exist to enrich the world through learning, advancing knowledge and serving their communities. Universities Canada’s members have publicly made commitments to Canadians and adopted principles to help guide and support their work in creating a more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous future for all.

Facts and Stats

Proportion of graduates (bachelor level), by generation status and visible minority group, 2014 to 2017 cohorts

Demographic Characteristics of Graduates, Bachelor Level of Visible Minorities

Statistics Canada has released a research paper entitled "Profile of Canadian graduates at the bachelor level belonging to a group designated as a visible minority, 2014 to 2017 cohorts." Figures for graduates of each population group classified by visible minorities at the bachelor level are compared with those for non–visible minorities.

Student pathways through postsecondary education, 2011 to 2019

Student pathways through postsecondary education, 2011 to 2019

At national, provincial, and territorial levels, information on the persistence and graduation of students with respect to particular educational qualifications, fields, age groups, genders, and statuses is available from college and university students (entry cohorts of 2011 to 2019).

Persistence and graduation of postsecondary students aged 15 to 19 years in Canada

Persistence and graduation of postsecondary students aged 15 to 19 years

This interactive tool details persistence, graduation and average time to graduation of postsecondary students aged 15 to 19 years in Canada entering selected programs leading to a postsecondary credential.

Equity-Deserving Groups

Equity-deserving groups are communities that face significant collective challenges in participating in society. This marginalization could be created by attitudinal, historical, social and environmental barriers based on age, ethnicity, disability, economic status, gender, nationality, race, sexual orientation and transgender status, etc. Equity-deserving groups identify barriers to equal access, opportunities and resources due to disadvantage and discrimination and actively seek social justice and reparation. 

Under the Employment Equity Act, the government is required to strive to meet representation levels, based on estimated workforce availability, for the four employment equity designated groups: women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.


Indigenous Peoples

Gender and LGBTQ2S+

Disability and Accessibility

Visible/Racialized Minorities


Statistics Canada - Transgender and Non-Binary infographic

Statistics Canada - Canada is the first country to provide census data on transgender and non-binary people

Of the nearly 30.5 million people in Canada aged 15 and older living in a private household in May 2021, 100,815 were transgender (59,460) or non-binary (41,355), accounting for 0.33% of the population in this age group.

Just over half of non-binary people aged 15 and older (52.7%) lived in one of Canada's six largest urban centres: Toronto (15.3%), Montréal (11.0%), Vancouver (10.8%), Ottawa–Gatineau (5.6%), Edmonton (5.4%) and Calgary (4.5%).

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Academic Pipelines of Equity Deserving Groups (Nationally) Infographics

EDI Data – Research Ecosystem

Incorporating EDI strengthens our research programs and projects by harnessing a broader range of ideas, skills, expertise, perspectives and disciplines-which further enhances outcomes, impacts and social relevance and better reflects Canada's diversity, the diverse and globalized world we live and work in, and our responsibilities to the peoples and the lands where we live and work.

City of Calgary | Civic Census

The City of Calgary previously conducted a census to obtain an official count of dwelling units, population and other demographic information.

City of Calgary - Civic Census

Calgary Demographic | Economic Indicators

Calgary is home to 240 different ethnic origins and has the third-largest visible minorities population in Canada. Learn more about Calgary's population, migration, languages and ethnic origins.

Calgary Demographics

Diversity - City Calgary

Calgary Diversity Census
Calgary Diversity Census
Calgary Diversity Census

Statistics Canada - Census of Population

The Census of Population provides demographic and social information vital for planning services including child care, schooling, family services and skills training for employment.

Statistics Canada - Experimental ESG Dashboard

Experimental environmental, social and governance dashboard | Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada - Experimental Environmental, Social and Governance Dashboard 

Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) refers to three non-financial factors that can be used to inform the long-term risk and return of an investment. ESGs are emerging as a priority for governments, businesses and international organizations.

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Statistics Canada - Quarterly Demographic Estimates, Provinces and Territories Interactive Dashboard

Quarterly demographic estimates, provinces and territories: Interactive dashboard

Statistics Canada - Quarterly demographic estimates, provinces and territories: Interactive dashboard

The estimates in this dashboard are based on 2016 Census counts adjusted for census net undercoverage and incompletely enumerated Indian reserves, to which are added data from the population growth estimates for May 10, 2016, to the date of the estimate. Data are presented for the last 25 years.

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International EDI Data

Diversity in the UK | Diversity UK

Ethnicity and religion statistics | Institute of Race Relations, UK

HESA (UK) | the Higher Education Statistics Agency, are the experts in UK higher education data, and the designated data body for England.

Ethnicity facts and figures | UK Government

Campus Ethnic Diversity at National Universities | US News Rankings

Diversity in Higher Education: Statistics, Gaps, and Resources - 08-06-2021 | UCDA contact: Courtesy of Bradley University

Inclusion and diversity | Australian Bureau of Statistics

Education Statistics | Statistics South Africa

United States University Diversity: Racial Demographics & Other Stats | College Factual

Student Diversity at More Than 4,300 Institutions in the United States | Chronicle Higher Education 

Using data and evidence | Advance HE, UK 

Dr. Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (EDI)

UCalgary EDI Data Steward

Dr. Malinda Smith, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (EDI)

UCalgary EDI Data Group

Chair, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (EDI)

University Registrar, Office of the Registrar

Senior Institutional Analyst, Office of Institutional Analysis

FOIP Coordinator, Legal Services

Director, Office of Institutional Analysis



Vice-Provost (Planning and Resource Allocation)


Specialist, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources

Manager, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources

Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement)

Academic Director - EDI Data Research, Analysis, and Strategy, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Dimensions pilot
Canada Research Chair
Canada's best diversity employers  (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023)
AB top 70

This page has been updated to reflect the most recent information available as of April 26, 2023. The information contained herein is subject to change. Please check back frequently for updates.

If you have any questions, please email us at equity@ucalgary.ca