Defending public science

We represent over 15,000 public scientists, engineers and researchers. Our members are experts in everything from rail safety, vaccines, climate change, and water quality to air pollution, farming, fossil fuels, and nuclear energy.

Together, we work hard to defend public science. We champion scientific integrity  and increased inclusion of women in science.

Scientific integrity

In the Harper era, the scientific integrity of our members was directly attacked.

We pushed back and won:

Science integrity policies are now being implemented to ensure decision-makers use high-quality and wide-ranging scientific evidence to make informed decisions. Scientific integrity is vital to ensuring Canada’s scientists and researchers can work for all people in Canada.

Women in science

Women in science are under-represented in our membership and the federal public service. We are committed to improving the role of women in federal public science.

Building on our 2018 report, Women in Public Sector Science: From Analysis to Action, the first PIPSC Women in Science Learning Lab was launched.

Participants focused on systemic solutions to remove barriers experienced by women in science, creating micro-projects in their own workplaces. Learning Lab participants are also developing the Women in Science toolkit, which will provide resources, tools to develop workplace allies, and links to existing mentorship programs.

Latest News

13 December 2019
On November 8, 2019 PIPSC Vice-President Norma Domey led a two-hour “standing room only” seminar on "Leading with Emotional Intelligence" at the Institute’s 100th Annual General Meeting in Gatineau, Québec.  
6 November 2019
The first ever PIPSC Women in Science Learning Lab brought together women and non-binary people in federal Public Sector science. Participants from across regions and groups met to take on the challenges they face in the workplace.
26 September 2019
Between August 13th and September 1st of 2019, PIPSC conducted a Climate Change survey of all members of the SP and RE Groups. These two bargaining units represent almost all professional scientists employed at various departments and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Treasury Board Secretariat.
11 July 2019
PIPSC welcomes the new Departmental Science Advisor (DSA) at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Dr. Shawn J. Marshall.
3 April 2019
The Chief Science Advisor of Canada, Dr. Mona Nemer, recently released her 2018 Annual Report, in which she highlights the close working relationship she enjoys with the Professional Institute.
14 February 2019
The firing last week of long-serving Québec government agronomist Louis Robert for making public claims of “private-sector interference in a public study of pesticide use” reminds us of the importan
11 October 2018
PIPSC and it’s 4,000 members across the B.C./Yukon region endorse the call last week by B.C.’s Professional Employees Association (PEA) to restore s
27 September 2018
Canadians want federal science funding restored to 2011 levels. According to 2016 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development figures (the most recent available), Canada ranks 21 out of 27 OECD countries in the amount it reports spending on science.
30 July 2018
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) is delighted with the announcement that the federal government accepts the model Scientific Integrity policy originally proposed by our members and amended through subsequent consultation.
30 July 2018
1. Effective date 1.1.   This policy takes effect on TBD
13 April 2018
Across Canada and around the world today, people are marching for science. Under U.S.
11 April 2018
Canadians are best served by open, accountable and transparent government that builds trust in public institutions.
7 March 2018
The results of a 2017 survey of federal scientists and engineers who are PIPSC members reveal challenges that are holding women back from fully contributing their unique perspectives and expertise to federal public science.
21 February 2018
A survey report on federal government efforts to reverse the effects of The Big Chill “I will expect you to work with your colleagues ... to deliver on your top priorities: