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Study on Adaptation to Consumption of Essential Goods and Services in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


 We are seeking your participation in a research project entitled “Study on Adaptation to Consumption of Essential Goods and Services in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

However, before giving your consent to participate in this project, please take the time to read, understand and carefully review the following information. In addition, we invite you to ask any questions you may find useful to the researcher responsible for the project or to other members assigned to this research project and to ask them to clarify any inaccurate information.

1. Presentation of the Research Team:

Gautier Quenum, MGO student, LaboNFC member, Department of Economics and Administration, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, gautier-georges-yao.quenum1@uqac.ca

Myriam Ertz, Assistant Professor, Director of LaboNFC, Department of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, + 1418545-5011, ext. 5317, Myriam_Ertz@uqac.ca.

2. Background and Objective(s):

In order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, several measures have been implemented by the Government. Some economic sectors (e.g., catering, events, tourism, sport/recreation) have been declared “non-essential” and have had to close their doors since December 25, 2020 (if not already as early as September 28, 2020). As a consumer, this forces you to buy less stuff than before, by limiting yourself to so-called “essential” goods and services (as defined in the Government of Quebec’s “priority shopping list”). The purpose of this study is to analyze how you have dealt with these changes in your consumption pattern.

3. Procedure:

The procedure is to complete an online survey that will take approximately 10 minutes. The survey questions will focus on your consumer activities since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

4. Risks and benefits:

The research project does not pose any risk or disadvantage to the respondent. However, the results obtained will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of consumer behaviour.

5. Confidentiality:

The questionnaire does not require any personal information. Access to the participant’s identify is impossible for anyone, even members of the research team, and not even through LimeSurvey’s data collection.

6. Retention of data:

The data will be retained for a period of 7 years and then destroyed.

7. Compensation:

No remuneration or compensation is offered by participating in this research project.

8. Voluntary participation and right of withdrawal of studies:

Your participation in this research project is voluntary. You are therefore free to refuse to participate by not answering the questionnaire. There is no option to withdraw from the study once your answers have been submitted as it is not possible to trace your questionnaire.

 In no event shall consent to participate in the research imply that the participant waives his or her legal rights or professional responsibilities.

9. Responsible investigator and resource person engagement:

The research team agrees to abide by what has been agreed to in the information and consent form. If you have any questions about the research project, or if you have a problem that you believe is related to your participation in the research project, you can contact the research project lead at 418-545-5011, ext. 5317 or Myriam_Ertz@uqac.ca.

If you have any ethical questions about your participation in this research project, please contact the Research Ethics Board Coordinator at 418-545-5011 ext. 4704 (toll-free 1-800-463-9880 ext. 4704) or cer@uqac.ca.

10. Participant's consent

I have given read the above information and I understand the content. 

Therefore, my participation in this questionnaire is voluntary and I agree that my answers will be used for this research project.