The establishment of a new Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) will significantly increase capacity and capability for scientific research across Nunavut and Canada’s Arctic.
More than $188 million of federal funding and support for CHARS was announced today in Cambridge Bay by Prime Minister Stephen Harper during his seventh annual Northern Tour. During his visit, the Prime Minister also announced $46.2 million of funding for Science and Technology Programs.
“Nunavut welcomes the federal government’s investment in Arctic science and research and we wish them the best of success,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Senior Science Officer with the Nunavut Research Institute in Iqaluit. “CHARS is being designed to undertake solution-driven science and technology to address pressing economic, social and environmental issues in the North. The Nunavut Research Institute is excited to see another step in this process.”
The Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) will provide a world-class hub for science and technology in Canada’s North that complements and anchors the network of smaller regional facilities across the North. The new Station will provide a suite of services for science and technology in Canada’s North including a technology development centre, traditional knowledge centre, and advanced laboratories.
The Station will attract international scientists to work in Canada and will strengthen Canada’s leadership position in Arctic research. Northerners are engaging in cutting-edge science and technology to address their needs in a changing North. This Station will be built by Canadians, in Canada’s Arctic, and will be there to serve the world.
The Canadian High Arctic Research Station will be located in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut and is expected to be fully operational by 2017.