ARCHIVED - Status Report on Major Crown/Transformational Projects


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In the 2007 Speech from the Throne, the Government outlined that there are both new opportunities and new challenges in the North, and indicated it would bring forward an integrated Northern Strategy focused on strengthening Canada's sovereignty, protecting environmental heritage, promoting economic and social development, and improving and devolving governance. As a signature deliverable of this new commitment, the Government also promised to "build a world-class Arctic research station that will be on the cutting edge of Arctic issues, including environmental science and resource development. This station will be built by Canadians, in Canada's Arctic, and it will be there to serve the world." The Prime Minister announced Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, as the location for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) in August 2010. CHARS is scheduled to open on July 1, 2017, Canada's 150th anniversary.

Project Phase

Design: Budget 2010 provided $18M over four years for the design of CHARS. The selection of a design consultant is currently underway.

Leading and Participating Departments and Agencies

Lead department Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)
Contracting authority Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)
Participating departments AANDC and PWGSC

Prime and Major Subcontractor(s)

Prime contractor A Construction Manager will be identified in 2012
Major subcontractor(s) Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014

Major Milestones

Major Milestone Date
Creation of a Canadian High Arctic Research Station announced Speech from the Throne 2007
CHARS Feasibility: $2M over 2 years Budget 2009
CHARS Design: $18M over 4 years Budget 2010
Cambridge Bay location announced by Prime Minister August 2010
CHARS mandate announced by Minister December 2010
Feasibility Study Released on September 2011
RFP for Design Consultant Tendered September 2011
RFP for Design Consultant Closed November 2011
Design Consultant Proposals Evaluated – Phase 1 December 2011
Seek Decisions on Construction Funding Winter 2012
Design Consultant Proposals Evaluated – Phase 2 February 2012

Project Outcomes

Progress Report and Explanations of Variances

Industrial Benefits

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