Tri-Agency Guidelines

The Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide details the policies and requirements of the Canadian funding agencies NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC.

New Federal Employer Compliance Fee for Engaging Foreign Nationals

  • Effective February 2015, the federal government introduced an employer compliance system for employers hiring foreign nationals under the federal International Mobility Programs. For an overview of the system and process, See the Employment and Social Development Canada website for details.
  • Employers are now required to submit the job offer and other relevant information for the recruitment of a foreign national to Citizenship and Immigration Canada and pay an employer fee of $230.If the foreign national is recruited to work exclusively on research for which Tri-Agency grant funds are provided, the full cost of the employer fee of $230 will be eligible for reimbursement from the grant holder’s grant funds as an eligible recruitment cost per the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.
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Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

  • The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications requires all peer-reviewed journal publications funded by one of the three federal granting agencies to be freely available online within 12 months. 
  • The policy requires NSERC and SSHRC funded researchers to comply with the policy for all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward.
  • The policy will not change current compliance requirements for CIHR funded researchers since a similar policy with the same requirements has been in effect since 2008.
  • Tri-Agency open access FAQs
  • The SFU Library provides support to faculty who may have questions about the mandate or who wish to deposit their publications in SFU's research repository or a subject-based repository.
  • See April 2015 article in University Affairs for a discussion of the impact of this policy on Canadian researchers.