Polar Knowledge Canada

Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) is responsible for advancing Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic, strengthening Canadian leadership in polar science and technology, and promoting the development and distribution of knowledge of other circumpolar regions, including Antarctica. POLAR operates the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) and conducts world-class cutting edge Arctic research out of this extraordinary facility.

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About Polar Knowledge Canada

Learn how POLAR helps build and support the current and future generations of polar scientists, innovators and managers through its initiatives in science and technology and its operations at CHARS.

Welcome to the Canadian High Arctic Research Station

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) has been designed and built to optimize innovation in Arctic science and technology, while also welcoming local and international visitors.

POLAR research and projects

Learn more about POLAR's Science and Technology program, research taking place at CHARS, and projects funded by POLAR.

Conducting Research in Canada's North

Are you planning a research project in Northern Canada? This portal contains information to help you apply for permits, plan logistics and build respectful relationships with Inuit, First Nations, Métis and other Northerners.


POLAR promotes the development and dissemination of knowledge of the other circumpolar regions, including the Antarctic!

Working at POLAR

Learn about working at POLAR, the variety of exciting roles, and job opportunities.


Find out about POLAR's Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP) and other programs and funding available for polar researchers.


This section highlights awards in recognition of contributions to polar research, and their recipients.

Information resources

Quick links to other players in the polar research community, nationally and internationally.

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The Honourable Dan Vandal

Minister of Northern Affairs

Parliamentary Secretary

Yvonne Jones

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Northern Affairs

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