The information included in the FAQs listed below is for researcher information and guidance purposes only. Each research study poses unique properties and/or situations that may require additional or different guidance than what is presented. The information throughout this forum is meant to provide general situational advice and does not constitute research ethics compliance in its absolute form. If you have any questions or need further guidance, please contact

All research involving human participants (or their data) must obtain REB clearance before recruiting or interacting with human participants. This includes the secondary use of de-identified participant data. Before submitting your research ethics application or exemption request, please review the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS) and complete the TCPS 2: CORE (Course on Research Ethics).

Additional information for researchers in general can be found through the Panel on Research Ethics, a Government of Canada resource.

The development of these questions was aided by MSVU’s Research Ethics Board (REB) and information from publicly available documents at Canadian Universities, such as Carleton University, Queen’s University, and Dalhousie University.

FAQs for Researchers document