Take the Ethics quiz

Take the quiz to determine whether your project requires the completion of ethics forms, and if so, which forms you require.

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 Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair (GVRSF) 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 GVRSF.

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 and complete the quiz below before starting your project.

2016 GVRSF Ethics Flow Chart


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 our ethics team

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.