This table applies to all Major Crown Projects and Transformational Projects in accordance with Treasury Board policies. Please refer to the Policy on the Management of Projects for further information.
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 ongoing program and operations of the CHARS.
The CHARS will be operational by 2017 to coincide with Canada's 150th anniversary.
Design: Budget 2010 provided $18 million over four years for the design of the CHARS. Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet et associés architectes and NFOE et associés architectes, operating as a joint venture, were awarded the design consultant contract through a competitive and transparent bidding process. The design phase of the CHARS began in 2011–2012 and was completed in 2014–2015 following the receipt of the 100% design.
Construction: The construction of the CHARS began on schedule in summer 2014. The construction manager (EllisDon Corporation in joint venture with NCC Dowland Construction Ltd.) mobilized labour, delivered equipment to the site, and secured material and long lead-time items (such as structural steel) during the 2014 construction season. Construction started on the field and maintenance building and the triplex housing units at this time. Interior work has also begun on the triplex units. Material brought on sealift in fall 2014 allowed construction on the main research building (the largest and most complex of the buildings on the CHARS campus) to begin in spring 2015.
Sponsoring and Participating Departments and Agencies
Sponsoring Department: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)
Contracting Authority: Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)
Participating Department(s): AANDC and PWGSC
Prime and Major Subcontractor(s)
Prime Contractor: EllisDon Corporation in joint venture with NCC Dowland Construction Ltd.
Major Subcontractor(s): n/a
|Creation of a Canadian High Arctic Research Station announced
||Speech from the Throne 2007
|CHARS feasibility: $2 million over 2 years
|CHARS design: $18 million over 4 years
|Cambridge Bay location announced by Prime Minister
|CHARS mandate announced by Minister
|Feasibility study released on Science.gc.ca
|Request for proposal (RFP) for design consultant tendered
|RFP for design consultant closed
|Design consultant proposals evaluated — Phase 1
|Seek decisions on construction funding
|Design consultant proposals evaluated — Phase 2
|Design consultant contract announced
|RFP for construction management services tendered
|RFP for construction management services closed
|RFP for construction management services evaluated
|Site announced in Cambridge Bay
|Consultation with Cambridge Bay residents
|Construction management contract for advisory services awarded
|Construction management contract for constructor services awarded
|Begin site preparation
|Complete design development
|Complete land acquisition in Cambridge Bay
|Operational by 150th anniversary of Confederation
||July 1, 2017