Evaluating the disciplines across the country

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December, 1962 - The Ostry Report

In 1961, both councils hire Bernard Ostry as their Associate Secretary-Treasurer. One of his responsibilities is a sort of “travelling salesman” role, where he visits universities across the country and interviews scholars about their needs as researchers. He uses these interviews, along with a wealth of questionnaires, to publish a report on the state of the disciplines in Canada. The Ostry Report evaluates the state of university facilities and research support in Canada and finds it heavily lacking. To remedy this, the report implores the Canada Council to increase funding to keep up with the growth of Canadian graduate programs and calls on the federal government to establish a national centre for research in the humanities and social sciences, lest Canadian accomplishments in the fields lag behind the US and UK.