Under Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Government is establishing a world-class research station in the North--the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS). It will be a year-round multi-disciplinary facility on the cutting edge of research into environmental and resource development issues. In the past year, a lot of progress has been made on the planning and design of CHARS and construction will begin this autumn.
The CHARS science and technology research program will focus on the national priorities set out in Canada’s Northern Strategy to foster sound social, economic and environmental stewardship of the Arctic. CHARS will provide a suite of services for science and technology in Canada's North, including a technology development centre, traditional knowledge centre, and advanced laboratories.
Listen to Dr. Martin Raillard, the Chief Scientist for CHARS, talk about the importance of the research station at the local, national and international levels.