Equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives at Canadian universities

Return to list

Women making inroads in Canada’s full-time faculty

Men overwhelmingly dominate the ranks of full and associate professors in Canada, and therefore the highest paid jobs in the country’s professoriate – a fact that hasn’t changed in more than four decades. However, Statistics Canada University and College Academic Staff Survey data shows promising trends.

In 1970, women made up 13% of total full-time faculty. By 2016, women made up 40% of total full-time faculty members. Although women are increasingly represented in the professoriate, men remain its top earners. The gap in median salary between men and women was widest in 1990, when men earned around 25% more than women. However, the latest data show women are closing the pay gap, at about 12%.

Online information

A history of Canada’s full-time faculty in six charts, 2018


October 15, 2018
Universities Canada