Federation releases report outlining the crucial role of humanities and social science research in building Canada’s future 

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences recently announced the release of its latest report, Think Big: How the social sciences and humanities are building a better Canada

As we continue to emerge from the global pandemic, Think Big has a single, overriding message for Canada and its elected leaders: we must recognize and support the vital contributions of the humanities and social sciences. The knowledge and skills gained through these disciplines will help drive Canada’s COVID-19 recovery and contribute to a better and more just future for people across the country and around the world. 

Increasing investment in the humanities and social sciences is critical to addressing big challenges, from racial injustice and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, to the rapid advance of Artificial Intelligence. In times of crisis, these disciplines inform and guide our response. They discover, preserve, and mobilize knowledge about Canada and the world — including knowledge about our histories, languages, and cultural heritages. They promote engaged citizenship and public leadership, and they strengthen our democracy by analyzing issues, informing policy decisions, and exposing misinformation.  

"Employers are increasingly looking for talent with sophisticated communication and leadership skills, analytical and problem-solving abilities, and an aptitude for interpersonal relationships – all hallmarks of a humanities and social sciences education. These skills help businesses of all kinds – including tech companies – grow and thrive," writes Mike DeGagné, Chair of the Federation's Board of Directors, in University Affairs.

In response to the report’s key findings, the Federation recommends the Government of Canada take action to: 

  • Increase funding for social sciences and humanities research 
  • Further engage social sciences and humanities research in the policymaking process 
  • Recognize and promote the valuable knowledge and skills learned by studying the social sciences and humanities 

To read the report, visit https://www.federationhss.ca/roleofHSS


Gabriel Miller

President and CEO

Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences