Government of Canada announces funding for Science and Technology and Knowledge Management projects across Canada’s North

News Release

December 15, 2017 Ottawa, ON Polar Knowledge Canada

Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs are pleased to announce that 41 projects are confirmed to receive a total of nearly $ 8.1 million in funding as a result of POLAR’s 2017-2019 Competitive Funding Process.

These projects will help to achieve POLAR’s northern pan-Canadian mandate by supporting the strategic priorities under its Northern Science and Technology and Knowledge Management and Engagement Programs.


“Traditional science and Indigenous knowledge have an important role to play in better understanding, responding to, and facilitating social, environmental, and economic advancements in the Arctic region. Through these projects, Polar Knowledge Canada is helping to develop and leverage new knowledge and capacity that supports responsible, informed development in the rapidly changing North.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs

“It is through our partnerships that Polar Knowledge Canada can further strengthen knowledge creation and mobilization activity, including through the respectful inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge, across Canada’s North to address the cross-disciplinary priorities that are important to Northerners.”


David J. Scott, PhD

President and CEO of Polar Knowledge Canada

Quick Facts


    POLAR is a federal agency 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 will operate the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus.. The 30 projects funded under the Northern Science and Technology Program will contribute to the four (4) POLAR technical priorities:

    Collecting baseline information to prepare for northern sustainability;

    Predicting the impacts of changing ice, permafrost, and snow on shipping, infrastructure, and communities;

    Exploring alternative and renewable energy; and,

    Catalysing improved design, construction and maintenance of northern built infrastructure


     The 11 projects funded under the Knowledge Management and Engagement Program will mobilize new or existing knowledge of the Canadian North to improve economic opportunities, environmental stewardship, and the quality of life of Northerners and other Canadians. 


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POLAR Media and Communications

Polar Knowledge Canada


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