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Please be advised that as of March 1, 2022, amendment fees are now applied when amendments are made to approved projects and phased applications. The fees for changes are based on the same sliding-scale as the original application and reflect the amount of time needed to review the amendments/phases.

The amendment fee structure is as follows:

Review Fee
(Original Application)
Base Amendment Fee
(1/5th of Application Fee)
Subsequent feesMax fee
$100 $20$20/hr$100
$200 $40$40/hr$200
$300 $60$60/hr$300
$400 $80$80/hr$400
$750 $150$150/hr$750


CREO has revised the application document to submit your projects for review.  You can download the new form here.



We have revised our fee structure for formal ethics reviews. As of June 1, 2020 the new fee structure will be as follows:
Nonprofits1 & Charities (Budgets under $100,000)  $100.00
Nonprofits & Charities (Budgets $100,000 – $500,000) $200.00
Nonprofits & Charities (Budgets $500,000 – $1,000,000)  $300.00
Nonprofits & Charities (Budgets over $1,000,000) $400.00
Major Institutions, foundations, government, for- profit corporations $750.00
 *Self-reporting by applicant – simple check-off box on application form.
Please don’t hesitate to e-mail us at with any inquiries related to this change.


We have moved:

CREO’s founder and longtime host, the Centre for Community Based Research, has recently moved to Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. They have generously allowed us to move with them.
Mailing Address: Community Research Ethics Office, c/o Centre for Community Based research, 140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6.
Email Address:


We are available for presentations about our work and the importance of including ethical considerations as you plan your research. We are also available to facilitate discussions about research ethics issues. We have participated in various conferences with displays and workshops, including attendance at CKX in Toronto in November 2014 where more than 400 leaders and community change makers from across Canada and other nations arrived in Toronto for three days of conversation, workshops, jam sessions, and field building. We facilitated a 70-minute workshop titled “Do No Harm: The ethical challenges of community-based research.”

Theron Kramer, a previous co-chair, was a panelist when the McMaster Community-based Research Ethics Working Group hosted a forum on community-engaged research ethics. Other panelists included Bonnie Freeman from McMaster U, Adrian Guta from Carleton U. Participants included students, faculty and community members in discussions centered around ethical tensions experienced in the context of community-based research.

CREO also had a booth and display at the Expo at Congress 2014 which took place at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario. It was a great success for us as we connected with numerous academics, professors, community researchers, and students who have long recognized a need for a community based research ethics board operating outside of universities and other institutions.

Please contact us if you are interested in our participation at your conference or event where we can bring a community based research perspective to your discussions about ethics in research.