Research Involving Human Participants

The Research Ethics Board (REB) strongly recommends that all applicants consult the Terms of Reference regulating the mandate and procedures of the REB and familiarize themselves with the processes followed for review, decisions, and appeals.


The Tri-Council Policy Statement 2: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2 2018) document describes standards and procedures for governing research involving human participants. The Councils (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) have adopted this policy and required, as a minimum, that researchers and institutions apply the ethical principles and the articles of this policy. The Councils aim to protect human research participants, ensuring the respect of the principles of free and informed consent, privacy, confidentiality, and minimum risk.


Research Ethics Board is “… to approve, reject, propose modifications to, or terminate any proposed or ongoing research involving human participants which is conducted within, or by members of, the institution, using considerations set forth in this Policy as a minimum standard.” (TCPS, Article 1.2, Authority of the REB)


Each institution through its REB is directly accountable to the Tri-Councils. External audits or research ethics monitoring are regularly carried out. The Councils will consider funding (or continued funding) only to individuals and institutions which certify compliance with the TCPS regarding research involving human participants.


Each protocol submitted will be thoroughly reviewed and processed in a timely manner. Please await a response as one will be shared as soon as the review has been completed. The REB appreciates your patience.

It is the responsibility of any researcher (Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator) to become familiar with the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (2018).