Shared Opportunities on Institutional Lands

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Shared Opportunities on Institutional Lands:

Feasibility Study of On-Site Institutional Food Production



Principal Investigator: Dr. Irena Knezevic (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Co-investigators: Dr. Phil Mount (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Brendan Wylie-Toal (My Sustainable Canada)

Advisors: Linda Varangu (Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care),  Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer (Wilfrid Laurier University),  Dr. Karen Landman (University of Guelph)

We are seeking your participation in a research project that will look at the viability of growing food on-site, at public institutions, through collaborative arrangements with local food producers. The feasibility of such approaches will be explored through surveys, case studies, site-analyses and pilot projects.


In this phase of this three-year project we are conducting a survey of public institutions (hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, etc.) in Ontario to identify availability of institutional land and the level of institutional interest in on-site food production. Your participation will entail answering 8  online survey questions, along with 5 demographic questions and one question about future participation. This should take between 5 and 20 minutes of your time, depending on the level of detail you wish to provide.  At the end of the survey you will be asked if you are also interested in participating in follow up interviews. Such additional involvement will be at your discretion.


There are no known risks associated with participating in this study. The survey responses will be collected anonymously, however, because this project employs e-based data collection techniques, the confidentiality and privacy of data cannot be guaranteed during web based transmission. You will be asked for some general information about your institution (e.g., size, type of service) but we will not know the identities of our respondents. If you agree to be contacted for an interview, the contact information that you provide will be collected as separate from your survey responses. The researchers will keep the collected data in locked facilities or password-protected on computers. The only people that will have access to the files will be the research team members. All data collected from this research will be destroyed by August 31, 2018 or when the reports are completed, whichever comes first. Your participation is voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time before the survey is complete. If you decide to withdraw from the survey before it is complete, your responses will be discarded (i.e., only complete surveys will be used in the analysis). For all of the survey questions you will also be given the option to “skip question” if you prefer not to answer it.


We ask that you please print a copy of this letter for your records. This project has been reviewed and approved by the Wilfrid Laurier University Research Ethics Board (tracking number 3911). If you feel you have not been treated according to the descriptions in this form, or your rights as a participant in research have been violated during the course of this project, you may contact Dr. Robert Basso, Chair, University Research Ethics Board, Wilfrid Laurier University, (519) 884-1970, extension 4994,


For all other inquires, please contact:

Dr. Irena Knezevic, Coordinator, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University at


Dr. Phil Mount, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, at


By answering “yes” below you agree to participate in this survey. You will then be redirected to the survey questions. Thank you.


I understand the information described above and consent to participate in this research.