Polar Knowledge Canada

Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) is on the cutting edge of Arctic issues and strengthens Canada's position internationally as a leader in polar science and technology. POLAR also promotes the development and distribution of knowledge of other circumpolar regions, including Antarctica. It will provide a world-class hub for science and technology research in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut called the Canadian High Arctic Research Station. POLAR improves economic opportunities, environmental stewardship and quality of life for Northerners and other Canadians.

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About Polar Knowledge Canada

Discover how the CHARS Act created the new organization, including the merger of the Canadian Polar Commission with the Science and Technology program at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Advancing polar knowledge

Find out how POLAR helps build and support the current and future generations of polar scientists, innovators and managers through its initiatives in science and technology.

Funding and awards for researchers

Learn more about the programs and awards that are available for polar researchers.

Constructing the research station

Learn more about the progress of the station’s construction. The station is being designed and built to optimize innovation in Arctic science and technology, while also welcoming local and international visitors.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are POLAR’s research priorities? Are there jobs for Northerners? Here you’ll find answers to these and other popular questions.

News Releases

Read news releases issued by Polar Knowledge Canada.

What we are doing


Video: What is Polar Knowledge Canada?

To find out more about Polar Knowledge Canada, watch this short video.
Version with Inuktitut subtitles.

Northern Scientific Training Program

The Northern Scientific Training Program helps develop the next generation of polar researchers by providing financial support to eligible students to partially offset the high cost of conducting research in the North.

Polar Blog

Polar Blog

Produced through a partnership between Polar Knowledge Canada and Canadian Geographic Magazine, the Polar Blog highlights the work of Canadian Arctic and Antarctic researchers. Browse through the articles here.

New maps of the Circumpolar North and Antarctica


These maps were produced in March 2016 by Polar Knowledge Canada and Natural Resources Canada's Atlas of Canada and Polar Continental Shelf programs, in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada and the British Antarctic Survey.

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