Northern Contaminants Program

Working to reduce and, wherever possible, eliminate contaminants in traditionally harvested foods, while providing information that assists informed decision making by individuals and communities in their food use.

Northern Contaminants Program - Background

Northern Contaminants Program - Background

Featured researcher: Lisa Loseto

Lisa Loseto

Featured project: Temporal Trends of Contaminants in Arctic Seabirds Eggs

Temporal Trends of Contaminants in Arctic Seabirds Eggs

Featured publication: Contaminants in Canada’s North: Summary for Policy Makers

Contaminants in Canada’s North: Summary for Policy Makers

What is the Northern Contaminants Program?

The Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) was established in 1991 in response to concerns about human exposure to elevated levels of contaminants in wildlife species that are important to the traditional diets of northern Aboriginal peoples. Early studies found a wide variety of substances, many of which had no Arctic or Canadian sources, but which were, nevertheless, reaching unexpectedly high levels in the Arctic ecosystem.

NCP Priorities

Human Health Research
Human Health Research

Environmental Monitoring and Research
Environmental Monitoring and Research

Community Based Monitoring and Research
Community Based Monitoring and Research

Communication, Capacity and Outreach
Communication, Capacity and Outreach

Program Coordination and Aboriginal Partnerships
National/Regional coordination and Aboriginal Partnerships