Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Genome BC Funding Opportunities

Genome BC acknowledges that systemic barriers and biases exist in our research ecosystem that limit diversity, equitable, and inclusive access to resources. As a major research funding organization in British Columbia (BC), Genome BC is committed to removing these barriers by: (a) supporting equitable access to opportunities for applicants to its funding programs and practices; (b) promoting the integration of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in its programs and practices; (c) increasing equitable and inclusive participation in its research ecosystem. Keeping our effort consistent with the initiatives from the Tri-Agency and other federal funding organizations, Genome BC is doing this by collecting the data and conducting the analyses needed to include EDI considerations in its funding opportunities.

Genome BC is well positioned and determined to tackle these challenges through its Research, Innovation, and Communications & Societal Engagement mandates outlined in the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan.

Starting from 2021, recipients (e.g., project leaders and co-leaders) of Genome BC funds via its programs and other initiatives are required to complete a self-identification form, which includes questions on age, gender identity, sexual orientation, Indigenous identity, visible minority status, population group, disabilities, and language. Although completing the form is mandatory, the data is being collected anonymously, and each question includes a “prefer not to answer” option.

By gathering and analyzing demographic data collected from our program participants, we will have a better understanding of the community that we serve. This information will allow us to identify and remove specific barriers and challenges in Genome BC’s funding programs and application review processes, as well as any insights on how BC’s research ecosystem can work to advance a more equitable future.

Important Information regarding the questionnaire:

• The questionnaire does not currently include all identities. Additional diversity dimensions could be added in the future.
• The questions, response options, and related definitions are primarily based on material and terminology that is being used in the federal government.
• Should the terminology used in the federal government change, or if future consultations indicate a need for revisions, then the terminology or wording in the questionnaire may change.

Genome BC collects self-identification data to obtain information on the diversity of the population applying for and receiving funds from Genome BC. We use this information to increase our capacity to monitor our progress on increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in our programs, to recognize and remove barriers, and to design new measures to achieve greater EDI in the research ecosystem. Genome BC’s commitment to support EDI in our approach is highlighted on our corporate website.

Recipient (e.g., project leaders and co-leaders) of Genome BC funds via its programs and other initiatives  are required to respond to self-identification questions regarding age, gender identity, sexual orientation, Indigenous identity, visible minority status, population group, disabilities, and language. However, all questions have an option of “I prefer not to answer.”

Yes, individuals can and should self-identify in all groups that apply to them.

The questions are originally from the current standards used by federal funding research organizations, who adopted these from Statistics Canada in census questionnaires, and wording from the Employment Equity Act.

More information on the Government of Canada’s self-identification data collection in support of equity, diversity and inclusion can be found here.

If you do not want to self-identify, you have the option to choose “I prefer not to answer” for each question. You must select this option for your questionnaire to be deemed as complete. Doing so fulfils the mandatory completion of the questionnaire.

The self-identification information does not include identification questions and Genome BC is not able to identify the respondents. The data will be stored electronically at Genome BC and will be accessible to the staff on a need-to-know basis.

The information is collected, used, disclosed, retained, and disposed of in accordance with the collected and stored in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

If you have further questions, please contact Genome BC at demographicsurvey@genomebc.ca.

Self-identification Questionnaire:



Please select your year of birth
Selection the option that best describes your current gender identity.

Sexual Orientation

Indigenous Identity

Note that in Canada, Indigenous group refers to whether the person is First Nations (North American Indian), Métis and/or Inuk (Inuit). A person may be included in more than one of these three specific groups. Aboriginal peoples of Canada (referred to here as Indigenous peoples) are defined in the Constitution Act, 1982, Section 35 (2) as including Indian, Inuit and Métis peoples. First Nations (North American Indian) includes Status and non-Status Indians.

Visible Minorities

Note that visible minority refers to whether a person belongs to a visible minority group as defined by the Employment Equity Act and, if so, the visible minority group to which the person belongs. The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.”

Population Group

The population group options listed are those used by Statistics Canada in the national census. Population group should not be confused with citizenship or nationality. You may select all categories that apply. If you have already identified as an Indigenous person and do not identify with any other population group, you are asked to select "Other (please specify)" and specify Indigenous.


A person with a disability is a person who has a long-term or recurring physical, mental, sensory, psychiatric or learning impairment and: (1) Who considers themselves to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment, or (2) Who believes that an employer or potential employer is likely to consider them to be disadvantaged in employment by reason of that impairment; and (3) Includes persons whose functional limitations owing to their impairment may have been accommodated in their current job or workplace.


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