Survey Consent

Dear Potential Participant,

My name is Ashley Salvador and I am a MA Planning student at the University of Waterloo conducting research under the supervision of Dr. Markus Moos, on Garden Suites in Edmonton. Garden Suites (also known as Laneway Homes, Accessory Dwelling Units, Garage Suites, or “Granny Flats”) are becoming an increasingly common form of rental housing across North America. Edmonton in particular has seen a significant increase in the number of Garden Suites over the past 10 years. As someone who has expressed interest in Garden Suites your opinions may be important to this study. If you have ever considered building a Garden Suite, are a current Garden Suite Owner, plan on building one in the future, or are simply interested in the topic, you are eligible for this survey.

Your involvement in this survey is entirely voluntary. If you agree to participate, the survey should not take more than 15 minutes. The questions are quite general, however, you may decline answering any questions you feel you do not wish to answer. Your identity will be kept confidential and data will be grouped with responses from other participants. Further, you will not be individually identified in any thesis, report or publication resulting from this study. Any quotations used will be stripped of personal identifiers. The data collected from this study will be stored for at least 3 years on a password protected laptop. Your email address will only be used if you would like to receive further information on Garden Suites or this research study.

You will be completing the study by an online survey operated by Survey Monkey. When information is transmitted or stored on the internet privacy cannot be guaranteed. There is always a risk your responses may be intercepted by a third party (e.g., government agencies, hackers). Survey Monkey temporarily collects your computer IP address to avoid duplicate responses in the dataset but will not collect information that could identify you personally.

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE 40219). If you have questions for the Committee contact the Office of Research Ethics, at 1-519-888-4567 ext. 36005 or

For all other questions, or if you would like additional information to assist you in reaching a decision about participation, please feel free to contact Dr. Markus Moos at 519-888-4567, Ext. 31113. Please note that you are free to withdraw from this study at any time during the survey by closing the survey form. Once the survey is submitted, you will not be able to withdraw as personal identifiers are not available.

By agreeing to participate in the study you are not waiving your legal rights or releasing the investigator(s) or involved institution(s) from their legal and professional responsibilities.

Thank you in advance for your interest in this project.


Ashley Salvador
University of Waterloo
School of Planning

Question Title

* 1. Do you consent to participating in this research?