Canadian High Arctic Research Station
Progress on CHARS
On October 23, 2014, the Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act was introduced in the House of Commons. The Act would establish a new federal research organization 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 CHARS into a single federal organization. The combination of the two mandates would give 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.
In October 2014, the steel structure for one of the first buildings on the CHARS campus was erected. Construction will continue through the harsh Arctic 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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