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Complete the Ethics Questionnaire to determine whether your project requires the completion of ethics forms, and if so, which forms you require. You will be provided with a link where the forms can be downloaded. A full list of the Youth Science Canada ethics forms can be found here.

Research Ethics - Why Do We Need It?

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that deals with right and wrong and the development of guidelines that distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. Scientists who carry out research projects involving humans or animals spend a lot of time thinking not only about the scientific content of their work, but also about the potential impact on the health, privacy, and dignity of the subjects participating in their studies.

All projects at the Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair (FVRSF) must meet the Youth Science Canada ethics policies, which also apply to projects at the national Canada-Wide Science Fair. We encourage students and teachers to become familiar with these guidelines – not only to avoid disqualification and disappointment, but also to understand the basic principles of research ethics.

Ethics Requirements

Youth Science Canada (YSC) has developed ethics policies that apply to science fair projects completed by all elementary and high school students in Canada. You must follow these guidelines in order to qualify for participation in the FVRSF.

Complete guidelines regarding the use of humans and animals in student research projects can be found on the YSC website. To help you determine whether these guidelines apply to your project and which forms you need to fill out, please review our ethics flow chart below. If your project involves animal or human research, it is mandatory that you pay special attention to the ethics flow chart. To avoid any surprise, review the guidelines before you start working on your project and before you prepare your display for the fair!

Download the Ethics Flowchart pdf


If you have questions, require an ethics committee review of a Research Plan, or require an ethics committee signature on Form 4.1A or 4.1B, please download this form and email it to us at

We are happy to provide advice during a project's development and hope we can work with you to ensure that our fair is adherent to Youth Science Canada's ethics policies.

Youth Science Canada Ethics Forms

Request for Information. If you have any questions about your project, and want to be sure it is eligible for presentation, you can request advice and a ruling from the ethics committee of your regional science fair. Download Request for Advice or a Ruling

Human Participation - Low Risk Forms

  • Informed Consent (Letter of information for participants)
  • Permission Form (Every participant must sign one)
  • Implied Informed Consent for Several Projects. If a teacher is supervising many very low risk projects in a class, where every student is participating in several projects, it is best to have one form to give permission for each student to participate in all such projects.
  • Form 4.1A

Human Participation - Significant Risk Forms

  • Research Proposal
  • Informed Consent (Letter of information for participants)
  • Permission Form (Every participant must sign one)
  • Form 4.1B

Vertebrate Animals - Forms

(Vertibrate animals include fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Cephalopods include the squid, octopus and cuttlefish)

  • Research Plan for Projects involving animals
  • Form 4.1C

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