Ethics Information and Policies

Research Office

The University of Winnipeg is committed to maintaining high standards, and requires that all research, teaching, and testing conducted by its members conforms to the highest ethical and scientific standards with respect to the use of animals, human subjects, radioisotopes and biohazards.  Any research, teaching or testing conducted using University facilities, or undertaken by individuals connected to the University involving animals, human subjects, radioisotopes, and biohazards must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate University Committee/Review Board.

As a signatory to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Roles and Responsibilities in the Management of Federal Grants and Awards with the federal granting agencies, namely the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the University of Winnipeg is required to withold access to funding for research using human participants or animals until ethics approval has been granted by the appropriate review committee.

Funds may be released, on a pro-rated basis, if the activities involving human participants or animals will only take place in a future fiscal year and the methodology still needs to be determined.  The University has in place a two-stage process for the release of agency funding for research projects prior to ethics review.

For research involving animal or human subjects, contact:

Eric Bouchard, Program Officer, Research Accounts and Initiatives (Animal subjects)

Vanessa Bayaraa, Progam Officer, Research Implementation (Human subjects)

Animal Ethics

Ethics protocols must be submitted by all researchers whose work involves the use of vertebrate animal subjects for research, experimentation, and/or teaching exercises.

Human Ethics

Ethics protocols must be submitted by all researchers whose work involves direct contact with human subjects/participants and/or the acquisition of raw or unformulated data obtained directly from human subjects/participants either by the researcher or by a third party.