ARCHIVED - Status Report on Transformational and Major Crown Projects


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This table applies to all Major Crown Projects and Transformational Projects in accordance with Treasury Board policies. Please see the policy on Management of Major Crown Projects and the Policy on the Management of Projects.


In the 2007 Speech from the Throne, the Government of Canada 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.

The Prime Minister announced a new investment in the next phases of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station on August 23, 2012: $142.4 million for the construction, equipment, and fit-up of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) and $46.2 million over six years for the phase in of the Science and Technology Program. An additional $26.5 million per year has been set aside, as of 2018-19, for the on-going program and operations of the Station. The Prime Minister also announced the winning bidder for the design of the station. Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et associés architects and NFOE et associés architectes, operating as a joint venture, have been awarded the Design Consultant contract through a competitive and transparent bidding process.

CHARS is scheduled to open on July 1, 2017, Canada's 150th anniversary.

Project Phase

Design: Budget 2010 provided $18 million over four years for the design of CHARS. The selection of a design consultant is complete and work on the design concept 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 2013
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
Announced Design Consultant Contract August 2012
RFP for Construction Management Services November 2012
Recommend Site in Cambridge Bay December 2012
Award Construction Management Services Contract March 2013
Attain Effective Project Approval for Construction March 2013
Announce Design Concept Spring 2013
Provide Class 'B' Estimate for Construction November 2013
Secure Land in Cambridge Bay December 2013
Construction Begins September 2014
Finalize Design 2014-2015
Open on 150th Anniversary of Confederation July 1, 2017

Project Outcomes

Progress Report and Explanations of Variances

Industrial Benefits

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