External Research

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

Application Deadlines for 2023-2024

ERRC Meeting Dates for 2023-2024 

Monday, September 18th, 2023

Thursday, October 5th, 2023 

Monday, November 13th, 2023 

(note that applications for this deadline were not reviewed at the scheduled ERRC meeting, but will be reviewed on February 1, 2024)

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023 (cancelled)

Monday, January 15th, 2024

(note that this is the last date to submit applications for 2023-24 academic year)

Thursday, February 1st, 2024      

Monday, March 25th, 2024

Thursday, April 11th, 2024   


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 YRDSB form.

  3. Submit one electronic copy of the application and all supporting documents (as one collated PDF) 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.