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Consent form for participation in “GAR Settlement, Social Integration and Employment Outcomes in BC: Reflecting on a Decade of Arrivals in Order to Plan for Future Populations”

Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniel Hiebert, Geography Department, University of British Columbia

1984 West Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2  |  dan.hiebert@ubc.ca

Research Assistant: Grace Newton, Geography Department, University of British Columbia

1984 West Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2  |  grace.newton@alumni.ubc.ca

Sponsor: This research is funded by a grant from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Purpose: This project will help us to better understand the integration experiences of government-assisted refugees who arrived in British Columbia over the past ten years. We will investigate how refugees use social services in BC, and we will evaluate if these services are helpful. We will also ask how refugees themselves understand integration and success, and we will identify barriers to successful integration. This information will allow us to understand how changes to refugee law at the federal level have affected integration and will let us make recommendations for how to facilitate refugee integration in British Columbia.

Study Procedures: You will complete an anonymous online survey about your settlement experience in Canada. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes, and will ask you about your everyday life, including work, education, and housing. Completion of the survey is entirely optional, and you are free to exit and terminate your participation at any time.

Project Outcomes: Findings will be distributed through single-page summaries in multiple languages, peer-reviewed journal articles, webinars, etc. The results will also be included in Grace Newton’s master’s thesis and in a report to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. 

Potential Benefits: There are no explicit benefits to you by taking part in this study. However, the survey will provide you the opportunity to share your experiences as a former government-assisted refugee to Canada. Your insights will be used to improve the resettlement experiences of future GARs.

Potential Risks: The survey questions deal primarily with everyday life, and we do not expect that questions will be upsetting to you. However, you are free to terminate participation at any time and for any reason. You do not have to share that reason with anyone. If the study raises issues or feelings that you would like support in dealing with, resources will be linked at the beginning of the survey.

Confidentiality: We will not ask for your name or address as part of the survey. Survey data will be stored in computerized files on a password-protected USB. This will be stored in a locked drawer when not in use. At the end of the study, any physical forms will be placed in a sealed envelope in a locked cabinet and shredded after five years.

Remuneration/ Compensation: You will not be financially compensated for completing the survey.

Contact for further information about the study: If you have any questions or want further information about the study, contact Dr. Daniel Hiebert (dan.hiebert@ubc.ca) or Grace Newton (grace.newton@alumni.ubc.ca)

Contact for concerns or complaints about the study: If you have any concerns or complaints about your rights as a research participant and/or your experiences while participating in this study, contact the Research Participant Complaint Line in the UBC Office of Research Ethics at 604-822-8598 or if long distance e-mail RSIL@ors.ubc.ca or call toll free 1-877-822-8598.

Consent: Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you may refuse to participate or withdraw from the study at any time. By clicking “start survey,” you indicate your consent to participate in this study.

If you are 14-17 years old, please have a parent or guardian read the message above. Also, please read the message below:

Adolescent Assent Form – GAR Study

Study title: “GAR Settlement, Social Integration and Employment Outcomes in BC: Reflecting on a Decade of Arrivals in Order to Plan for Future Populations”

Who is in charge of the study? Dr. Daniel Hiebert, a professor in the Geography Department at the University of British Columbia, is in charge of the study. Grace Newton, a graduate student in the Geography Department at the University of British Columbia, is helping with the study as a research assistant. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is funding our study. If I have any questions about the study, I can contact Dr. Hiebert at dan.hiebert@ubc.ca and Grace Newton at grace.newton@alumni.ubc.ca.

Invitation: I am being invited to take part in this research study because I am a former government-assisted refugee to Canada. The following pages explain the study so that I can decide if I want to take part or not. It is up to me if I want to be in this study.  No one will make me be part of the study and no one will get mad at me if I don’t want to be a part of this study.

Do I have to be in this study? I do not have to participate in this study if I don’t want to. If I choose to participate, I can stop participating at any time. If I want to participate in this study, I will be asked to sign this form.  My parent/guardian will need to sign a consent form before I am enrolled in the study; but I do not have to participate even if they sign the consent form. I should take time to read the following information carefully and to talk it over with my family before I decide.  I understand that I should feel free to talk to Dr. Hiebert or Grace Newton if anything below is not clear. I can choose to be in the study, not be in the study, or take more time to decide.  Even if I agree now to be part of the study, I can change my mind later, and I don’t have to explain why I’m leaving the study. I can ask the researchers any questions I may have at any time during my study participation.

Why are we doing this study? The researchers are doing this study to learn about how government-assisted refugees build a life in British Columbia. This process is often called integration, and includes things like getting a job, finding a place to live, and making friends. This study will ask me about my everyday life since arriving in Canada and will let me share my thoughts about what would have helped me when I first arrived. The researchers will use my responses to understand what it is like to be a former government-assisted refugee in Canada. This research will be included in Grace Newton’s master’s thesis and a report to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

What will happen to me in this study? If I choose to participate in this study, I will be asked some questions about my everyday life, including school, home, and family life. The survey will take 10-15 minutes.

Can anything bad happen? It is not likely that anything bad will happen if I participate in this study. However, if any of the questions make me feel sad, scared, or uncomfortable, I will be directed to resources to help me deal with these feelings. I will be able to quit at any time, and no one will be mad at me if I do not want to participate anymore.

How can being in the study help me? Completing the survey will not help me directly. However, the researchers will use my information to understand what it is like to be a former GAR in Canada.

Who will know that I am in the study? Only me, my parents, and the researchers will know that I am in the study. When they are ready to share their research, the researchers will not include my name or any other information that will let others know I participated.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the study? If I have any questions or desire further information about this study before or during participation, I can contact Dr. Hiebert (dan.hiebert@ubc.ca) or Grace Newton (grace.newton@alumni.ubc.ca).

Who should I contact if I have concerns or complaints about the study? If I have any concerns or complaints about my rights as a research participant and/or my experiences while participating in this study, I should contact the Research Participant Complaint Line in the UBC Office of Research Ethics at 604-822-8598 or if long distance e-mail RSIL@ors.ubc.ca or call toll free 1-877-822-8598.

Clicking 'the 'next' button means:

• I have read and understood this adolescent assent form.

• I have had enough time to consider the information provided and to ask for advice if necessary.

• I have had the opportunity to ask questions and have had acceptable answers to my questions.

• I understand that all of the information collected will be kept confidential.

• I understand that my participation in this study is voluntary and that I am completely free to refuse to participate or to withdraw from this study at any time.

• I understand that I can continue to ask questions, at any time, regarding my participation in the study.

• I understand that if I put my name at the end of this form, it means that I agree to be in this study.

I agree to participate in this study.

There are 69 questions in this survey.

A note on privacy
This survey is anonymous.
The record of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you, unless a specific survey question explicitly asked for it. If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses.