Ottawa introduces new legislation for arctic research

October 27, 2014

The federal government has introduced new legislation that will establish the governance structure of a new science and technology research facility in Canada’s arctic. The legislation will unite the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) with the Canadian Polar Commission, a move that the government says will “create one larger, stronger research hub for scientific research in Canada’s north, strengthening Canada’s position as a world leader in cutting-edge research in the Arctic.” CHARS’ mandate is to bring together the expertise and experience of industry, academic, Aboriginal, northern governments, and international partners in order to promote Canadian sovereignty and stewardship of the north. The program will also help provide skills and job experience for northerners. CHARS “is a key element of Canada’s Northern Strategy, which recognizes that sound decision-making requires world-class Arctic science and technology in Canada’s Arctic,” said Martin Raillard, Chief Scientist of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station. Canada Press Release