ARCHIVED - Status Report on Transformational and Major Crown Projects


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In the 2007 Speech from the Throne, the Government of Canada emphasized 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". In August 2010, the Prime Minister announced that Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, will be the location for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS).

On August 23, 2012, the Prime Minister announced a new investment for the next phases of the CHARS: $142.4 million for the construction, equipment, and fit-up of the 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 2018–2019, for the on-going program and operations of the CHARS.

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station is scheduled to open in summer 2017 to coincide with Canada's 150th anniversary.

Project Phase:

Design: Budget 2010 provided $18 million over four years for the design of CHARS. The Prime Minister also announced the winning bidder for the design of the station in August 2012. Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et associés architectes and NFOE et associés architectes, operating as a joint venture, have been awarded the Design Consultant contract through a competitive and transparent bidding process.

Sponsoring and participating departments and agencies

Sponsoring Department Contracting Authority Participating Departments
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) AANDC and PWGSC

Prime and major subcontractor(s)

Prime Contractor Major subcontractor(s)
A Construction Manager will be identified in 2013-2014 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: $2 million over 2 years Budget 2009
CHARS Design: $18 million 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
Request for proposal (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 tendered November 2012
RFP for Construction Management Services closed December 2012
RFP for Construction Management Services evaluated January 2013
Site announced in Cambridge Bay February 2013
Consultation with Cambridge Bay residents February 2013
First draft schematic design completed May 2013

Project outcomes:

Progress report and explanations of variances:

Industrial benefits:

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