Dear Participant,

Queen’s University Industrial Relations Centre (Queen's IRC) is conducting a survey on the state of Labour Relations (LR) in Canada, based on the perspectives of practitioners like yourself. We ran a similar survey in 2012 and we have elected to update this research. The purpose of this survey is to assess the current and future state of labour relations in Canada, based on perspectives of people who are currently working in the field. We hope that the survey will allow you to reflect on your labour relations role (whether you work in a union or management position) and critically think about issues that are important to you and your organization.

We invite you to participate in this online survey, and anticipate it will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. The survey is divided into two sections. In the first section, we ask demographic questions that will help us to understand the varied roles and responsibilities of people working in labour relations roles, and a bit about the organizations in which you work. In the second section, we ask your perspectives on the labour relations profession, including the required knowledge, skills and challenges for labour relations in 2020.

We thank you for taking time to participate in our survey. When you are finished, you will have the option to enter a draw for a $50 gift card, and to opt-in for an advance copy of the executive summary. Data collection of your contact information for this purpose will be done separately in order to maintain your anonymity in this survey.

Should you have any questions regarding this research project, please contact our Research Team at For more information about Queen's IRC, please consult our website (

On behalf of Queen's IRC, I thank you for supporting our research. Please note that the survey will close on October 15, 2020.


Stephanie Noel, MBA
Queen’s IRC Director

Consent and Ethics Information

By agreeing to participate in the survey, you are providing your informed consent to include your responses in the aggregated survey data. You have not waived any legal rights by consenting to participate in this study and there are no known risks or direct benefits to participating in the survey. Participation is voluntary. Please note that you may withdraw from the research at any time; however, should you wish to withdraw, the responses that you have already entered will remain in the aggregated data. Personally identifiable data such as names, company names, emails or other contact information will not be collected as part of this survey, and all reporting will include aggregated data. Data will be securely managed by Queen's IRC. Access to study data is limited to those researchers on the study team, as well as the Queen's General Research Ethics Board (GREB) may request access to study data to ensure that the researcher(s) have or are meeting their ethical obligations in conducting this research. Data will be stored on password protected computers, and, when possible, files will be encrypted in an attempt to enhance security. Data will be retained for a minimum of 5 years, as per Queen’s University retention policy for research records. Queen's IRC will be pleased to provide you with a complimentary executive summary of the survey findings, which will also be published on our website.

If you have any ethics concerns please contact the General Research Ethics Board (GREB) at 1-844-535- 2988 (toll free in North America) or email

By clicking on the survey, I am consenting to participate, and can withdraw at any time by closing my browser.

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