Aurora College Research Ethics Committee

The Aurora College Research Ethics Committee (REC) reviews research for compliance with the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Research Involving Humans (TCPS). Research involving human participants conducted by Aurora College staff and students must be reviewed and approved by the Aurora College REC before any research activities begin.

The research licensing process in the Northwest Territories requires researchers to submit an approval letter from a research ethics board (REB) or committee. Researchers who have access to an REB at their own institution are not required to submit to the Aurora College REC, except for studies that involve an Aurora College staff member or students. For researchers without access to an institutional REB, the Aurora College REC provides reviews for a fee (please see Fee Schedule). If you are uncertain whether your study requires a research ethics review from the Aurora College REC, please contact the Scientific Services Office at the Aurora Research Institute at (867) 777-3298 or

UPDATE: Beginning in September 2018, the REC will begin charging external applicants a fee for review. Following receipt of a submission package, applicants will be forwarded a payment link. Payment must be received before the submission will be reviewed by the committee.

To submit a protocol for review, complete the Research Ethics Review Form and submit a signed copy, along with all other relevant study documents, to

Application Type Fee Amount Details           
External Applicant

$350 - Initial Application

$100 - Renewals and major revisions

Standard administrative fee, may be waived for community-led research (please contact the Manager, Research Ethics)
Industry-Sponsored Research

$3000 - Initial Application

$500 - Renewals and major revisions

Research conducted as part of a formal sponsorship with an industrial partner (please contact the Manager, Research Ethics for more details on the review process for industry-sponsored research)

There is no fee for researchers conducting research under the auspices of Aurora College, including staff and students.

Submitting a research protocol for review:

All new research is reviewed by full committee at the next available monthly meeting. The process of ethics review can be time-consuming, as it requires some dialogue between the researcher, the research ethics office, and the REC. We strongly recommend submitting your protocol for review at least 8 weeks before the proposed start date of research activities. Please consult the REC Meeting Schedule for monthly meeting dates and plan your submission accordindly. The REC cannot accommodate expedited or emergency reviews, even in cases where research or funding timelines are short.

Researchers without experience in conducting research with human participants or undergoing research ethics review are encouraged to contact the Manager, Research Ethics for a consult in advance of submission to assist with developing and an ethically sound protocol and facilitating a more efficient review. It is strongly recommended that new researchers take the TCPS CORE Tutorial before undertaking research involving human participants.

Research protocols must comply with the most recent version of TCPS, available from the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics website. For additional guidance, please see the REC Resources tab.

To submit a protocol for review, complete the Research Ethics Review Form and submit a signed copy, along with all other relevant study documents, to

REC Meeting Schedule:

Submission Deadline REC Meeting Date
August 29, 2017

September 12, 2017

September 26, 2017

October 10, 2017

October 31, 2017

November 14, 2017

November 28, 2017

December 12, 2017

January 2, 2018*

January 9, 2018

January 30, 2018

February 13, 2018

February 27, 2018

March 13, 2018

March 27, 2018

April 10, 2018

April 24, 2018

May 8, 2018

May 29, 2018

June 12, 2018

*there will be no prelimnary review available for protocols submitted in January.

The REC is on summer recess during July and August.

Contact Us:

The research ethics office is happy to work with researchers to prepare submissions, discuss protocols, and answer questions! Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Jessica Dutton, Manager, Research Ethics
Aurora Research Institute
Room 139, Thebacha Campus
Aurora College