The mandate presented below is the result of numerous consultations and discussions with stakeholders. It has been approved by the Government of Canada.
To be a world-class research station in Canada's Arctic that is on the cutting edge of Arctic issues. The Station will anchor a strong research presence in Canada's Arctic that serves Canada and the world. It will advance Canada's knowledge of the Arctic in order to improve economic opportunities, environmental stewardship, and the quality of life of Northerners and all Canadians.
Mobilize Arctic science and technology
1) A world-class facility
The Canadian High Arctic Research Station will provide a year-round facility for world-class science and technology in Canada's Arctic. The Station will include research labs, centres for technology development and traditional knowledge, and facilities for teaching, training, and community engagement. It will provide scientific, technical, and logistical services to strengthen Canada's leadership in Arctic science and technology. It will create a dynamic environment for leading Canadian and international scientists and engineers to come together with Northerners, the private sector, and other stakeholders to address complex challenges facing the Arctic and the globe.
2) Cutting-edge science and technology
CHARS will ensure Canadians lead the way in addressing the challenges facing Canada's Arctic by conducting world-class research and delivering excellent and relevant science and technology. The Station will help to build the next generation of polar scientists, innovators, and managers. The knowledge produced through the Station will be mobilized to support the responsible development of Canada's Arctic and to inform Canadian and global responses to the changes happening in this unique region.
3) A strong research presence across Canada's Arctic
CHARS will be at the centre of a strong Canadian network of Arctic research infrastructure capable of meeting science and technology needs that match the size and diversity of Canada's Arctic. This network will include regional laboratories, field camps, monitoring sites, ships, and satellites. The Station will leverage the efforts of polar researchers, the private sector, and communities throughout Canada while engaging the world to address national priorities.
4.4.1 Geographic Area
For the purpose of CHARS, Canada's Arctic is defined as the lands and waters that lie north of the permafrost line (the area above the grey line in the map below).
Figure 10: Map of Canada with a grey line representing the line of discontinuous permafrost
4.4.2 Scientific Scope
CHARS will take an integrated approach to its science and technology activities. These activities may include: monitoring and surveillance; research, modelling, and prediction; technology development and transfer; knowledge application; and training, education, and outreach as well as the logistics needed to ensure effective delivery. The science and technology undertaken by CHARS will be interdisciplinary and include natural and physical sciences, economic and social sciences, health and life sciences, the humanities, and engineering and technology development.
World-class research excellence is Canada's standard. This will be met by focusing on priorities and targeting basic and applied research in areas of strength and opportunity.
Delivering on science and technology priorities will focus funding, build partnerships, and lever Canada's research base to address economic and social challenges and maximize competitive advantage. Although CHARS' priorities may evolve, they will initially be aligned with the following themes.
CHARS priorities and outcomes - presented in no particular order
Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change
Strong & Healthy Communities