Aurora College Research Ethics Committee

All research in the Northwest Territories must be licensed through the Aurora Research Institute's licensing process. For any research involving human participants, the licensing process requires an ethical review and approval from an institutional research ethics board. The Aurora College Research Ethics Committee (REC) is responsible for reviewing applications from Aurora College staff as well as applications from external researchers who do not have access to an institutional ethics review.

The REC meets monthly between September and June to review applications. In order to be considered, applicants must submit their application form a minimum of five business days before the next scheduled meeting. Please submit completed forms to before 1pm (MT) on the monthly due date

The REC may require revisions and addendums to your original submission. If extensive revisions are required, the applicant may need to submit the requested changes for the next available REC meeting. Please plan well ahead for your ethics review - this process can take up to eight weeks or more, depending on the project, ethical concerns and applicant's ability to address the committee's concerns.

REC Review Meetings 2015-2016

Due date for applicants (1pm MT cutoff) REC meeting date        
September 9, 2016 September 16, 2016
October 14, 2016 October 21, 2016
November 11, 2016 November 18, 2016
December 9, 2016 December 16, 2016
January 13, 2017 January 20, 2017
February 10, 2017 February 17, 2017
March 10, 2017 March 17, 2017
April 14, 2017 April 21, 2017
May 12, 2017 May 19, 2017
June 9, 2017 June 16, 2017

The committee is in recess from June 16, 2017 until September 1, 2017.

To apply for an ethics review, please submit a completed Research Ethics Review Form to

Please complete a Research Ethics Report and Renewal Form if you have completed your study or if you would like to renew your ethics approval for another year (please submit renewal forms before your previous year's approval has expired). Completed forms can be submitted to

For more information please contact