External Research

Update on External Research at YRDSB

Circumstances associated with COVID-19 continue to impact YRDSB’s schools, departments, and communities. In an effort to prioritize the safety and well-being of YRDSB students and staff, YRDSB will continue to pause all external research activities and will not be accepting new applications until further notice. 

Please monitor this web​site, which will be updated as soon as external research activities resume.

If you have any questions please contact external.research@yrdsb.ca.


Interested in Conducting Research in the YRDSB?

York Region Districts School Board (YRDSB) supports research activities in its schools and departments that align with system priorities as outlined in Board Plans, including the Trustee's Multi-Year Strategic Plan and Director’s Action Plan​. ​

The YRDSB External Research Review Committee (ERRC) is responsible for reviewing research requests by institutions, agencies, staff members, or other individuals who wish to​ conduct research within the Board.

All research that is not initiated by the Board must be approved by the ERRC. The committee meets four times annually to review applications. The applications are reviewed ​to ensure they comply with the ERRC Review Criteria​ and the Guidelines for Conducting External Research in the York Region District School Board and do not have an adverse effect on students, staff or Board resources.

If you are interested in conducting research within YRDSB please read our Guidelines for Conducting External Research in the York Region District School Board, which explains the review and application process and provides access to the online application form.


Important Dates - Application Deadlines for 2020-2021

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020                   

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020                       

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021                       

  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021 


How to Apply

  1. Review the Guidelines for Conducting External Research in the York Region District School Board and the ERRC Review Criteria​

  2. Complete the Application to Conduct External Research in the York Region District School Board

  3. Submit one electronic copy of the application package and all supporting documents to external.research@yrdsb.ca​ prior to deadline.

  4. Direct questions to external.research@yrdsb.ca.


The York Region District School Board complies with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation​​ (CASL). External researchers must ensure that their requests to conduct external research comply with CASL.