Transfer for Climate Change Resilience Study at the Royal Military College

  • As one of the largest landowners and users of energy in Canada, National Defence is committed to being a responsible environmental steward.
  • That is why Transport Canada is transferring $120,000 to National Defence to fund ongoing research at the Royal Military College on climate change resilience. 
  • This research will focus on Canada’s North and provide a proactive, forward-looking assessment on:
    • The performance of existing infrastructure in permafrost;
    • The impact of climate change; and
    • The resilience of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk-Highway and future infrastructure.
  • This important work will contribute to a better understanding of how to protect transportation networks in Canada’s Territories against geohazards.

Key Facts

  • The Royal Military College’s research is being done in collaboration with:
    • The Government of the Northwest Territories
    • Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund
  • Research started this year, and is funded through to 2026-27.


  • The National Trade Corridors Fund is a $400 million fund run by Transport Canada that helps fund projects aimed at fostering economic and social development in Canada’s Territorial North, building on existing investments, and improving safety.
  • Researchers at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) applied for funding from this Fund to help finance research on the climate change resiliency of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk-Highway (ITH) roads in the Northwest Territories.
  • More specifically, this research is evaluating the performance of roadway embankments and waterway crossings built on permafrost, and the effect of thawing permafrost on linear infrastructure in the Arctic.
  • This study aims to provide recommendations on best practices for designing linear infrastructure in the Arctic by using a climate change lens.

Version 5; 2020-02-19 – Source: Director Budget draft tab; D Parl A Supps A 2019-20 note, “National Defence Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.”

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