Canadian High Arctic Research Station
Progress on CHARS
On December 16, 2014 the Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act received Royal Assent. The Act establishes a new federal research organization called the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS), responsible for advancing Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic and strengthening Canadian leadership on polar science and technology by combining the resources and knowledge of the Canadian Polar Commission and Canadian High Arctic Research Station into a single federal organization. The combination of the two mandates gives Northerners a greater voice in Arctic Science at home and abroad by creating one single point of contact, representation and leadership for polar science and technology in Canada.
The CHARS Act’s provisions will come into force on a date determined by the Governor in Council. Though much work remains to be done, once the Act comes into force CHARS will be officially established as a new organization.
In October 2014, the steel structure for one of the first buildings on the CHARS campus was erected. Construction will continue through the winter.
On August 23, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the construction phase of CHARS, which is expected to take three years.
On May 21, 2014, as a result of an open, fair and transparent competitive process, the Canadian company EllisDon Corporation in a joint venture with NCC Dowland Construction Ltd. was awarded the contract to manage the construction of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS).
On March 3, 2014 Dr. Martin Raillard was appointed Chief Scientist of CHARS. He will lead the implementation of the Science and Technology program.
For more information about CHARS visit our About CHARS page.
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