Department of Medicine

Consultation on the new Canadian Research and Development Classification (CRDC)

Feb 22, 2019

Consultation objectives

The Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Statistics Canada are collaborating on the development of a new single Canadian Research and Development Classification (CRDC) 2019. This shared standard will be used by the federal granting agencies and will align Canada with international research and development classification standards.

Canadians, in particular, members of the research community, are invited to provide feedback on the proposed CRDC to ensure it represents modern and Canadian research landscapes. Members of the research community will also have the opportunity to comment on whether their field of research is adequately classified or represented.

How to get involved

Individuals or organizations willing to take part in the consultation or needing more information should consult the consultation page in the Definitions, data sources and methods module of our website. Members of the research community across Canada are invited to provide their feedback by using a short electronic questionnaire developed specifically for that matter.

This consultation is open from February 11, 2019 to March 22, 2019.


The federal granting agencies and Statistics Canada will take into account feedback received from this consultation to finalize the new Canadian Research and Development Classification, which will be published in late 2019.

Privacy notice

All responses collected will be under the control of the interdepartmental CRDC team and are, therefore, subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. However, the questionnaire is anonymous and will not prompt participants to provide any identifying information and as such the responses do not constitute personal information as defined in the Privacy Act. Your responses will not be publicly disclosed nor attributed to participants or groups. The information and the feedback provided by participants may help to shape future program design and policy and will only be used in an aggregated format if used for public reporting purposes.