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September 10, 2010

Canadian PostDocs & PostDoc Unionization....!

Published online 26 August 2010 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2010.429

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Taxing times for Canadian postdocs

Trainee researchers struggle to make ends meet after the government clarifies tax rules for grants.

labworkersWith taxes now biting into their wages, some Canadian postdocs are thinking of Europe, or unionization.LajosRepasi/iStockphoto
Staff, student or employee? The employment status of Canadian postdoctoral researchers remains unclear — and many are struggling with the tax issues that arise from the ambiguity.
Some of Canada's postdocs are categorized as associates with benefits, others are fellows with no employee status and, until recently, some had a tax-exempt status on a par with students. "We fall into this no-man's land," says Marianne Stanford, chair of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS) and a postdoctoral fellow at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Ontario

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