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Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Animals Policy

Effective Date: September 21, 2012
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In Canada, animals used in research and teaching must be cared for and maintained in accordance with applicable laws, and requirements outlined by The Canadian Council on Animal Care and the Tri-Council Memorandum of Understanding. This policy has been developed to comply with eligibility requirements of federal funding agencies (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)) concerning the ethical use of animals in research.

This policy outlines the official position of The Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (hereafter referred to as “Humber” or “the College”) on the ethical use of animals in research.


The policy applies to all College research and teaching activities.


Animal: refers to any living non-human vertebrate and any living invertebrate of the class cephalopoda, including free-living and reproducing larval forms used for research, teaching, breeding, or testing purposes.


  1. Although Humber employees have never engaged in college-sanctioned teaching or research involving animals, the College subscribes in principle to the humane treatment of all animals used in research, instruction and testing, as outlined in the guidelines and policies of the Canadian Council on Animal Care.
  2. Humber does not currently intend to sanction any future educational or research activities that would involve the use of animals.


Canadian Council on Animal Care

Tri-Council Memorandum of Understanding



Acknowledgements: This policy has been adopted from Mohawk College with their permission, and adapted for Humber College. Humber gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Mohawk College in this regard.