March 13, 2018

Work in Ontario Horse Stables Survey

You are invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to better understand stable work in Ontario. There is a shortage of data about stable work and the equine industry in Ontario.

You are asked to participate in an online survey which should take 20-30 minutes of your time. The surveys are open to:
a) those working for pay in horse stables in Ontario;
b) those who, in the past, have worked in horse stables in Ontario; and,
c) those who own or operate horse stables in Ontario.

CONFIDENTIALITY
This survey is anonymous. Your identity will not be known to the researcher. Only general identifiers such as age, gender, and region will be collected to provide demographic context. Data will be accessed by the primary researcher and research assistant only and stored in a locked office. It will be destroyed when the principal investigator retires (approximately 30 years).

VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION
Participation in this study is voluntary. If you wish, you may decline to answer questions or stop completing the survey.

PUBLICATION OF RESULTS
Results of this study may be published in academic publications and presented at conferences, and a public report will be created. The study will also contribute to a larger pool of data for Dr. Coulter’s research on humane jobs. See www.brocku.ca/kcoulter and www.humanejobs.org for a list of publications as soon as they are available.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS AND RISKS
Possible benefits of participation include greater scholarly, public, and industry understanding of the benefits and challenges of stable work. Publications may include recommendations for employers, the equine industry and community, and/or government. There are no known or anticipated risks associated with participation in this study.

CONTACT INFORMATION AND ETHICS CLEARANCE
If you have any questions about this study, require further information, or wish to provide feedback, please contact Professor Coulter using the contact information provided above. This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Research Ethics Board at Brock University (file 15-014). If you have any comments or concerns about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Research Ethics Office at (905) 688-5550 ext. 3035, reb@brocku.ca.

Thank you very much for your assistance in this project.
By choosing “I AGREE”, below, I agree to participate in this study described above and confirm that I meet the eligibility requirements. I have made this decision based on the information I have read above. I have had the opportunity to receive any additional details I wanted about the study and understand that I may ask questions in the future. I understand that I may withdraw this consent by not completing the survey.

( ) I AGREE
( ) I DO NOT AGREE

 

Informed Consent
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Kendra Coulter, Associate Professor and Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence
Department of Labour Studies, Brock University
Telephone: 905-688-5550 ext. 5349
Email: kcoulter@brocku.ca

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