Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the launch of the National Research Council (NRC) Arctic Program. As part of the Arctic Program, the NRC will enter into research partnerships, which focus on technology aimed at improving the lives of Northerners and advancing Northern economic development. The announcement took place at the Yukon Cold Climate Innovation Centre, within the Yukon Research Centre of Excellence at YukonCollege, where the Prime Minister highlighted NRC-supported practical research into high efficiency home insulation suited for Northern climates. The announcement was made during the Prime Minister’s ninth annual Northern Tour, taking place from August 21 to 26, 2014. He was joined by Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), James Moore, Minister of Industry, Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, and Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon.
The research and development performed through the Arctic Program will have several benefits including:
- Increasing the safety of resource development in ice-covered waters by reducing the uncertainty in ice loads, and increasing the reliability of ice management, as well as enabling the effective detection and remediation of oil under ice;
- Developing and implementing technologies that will reduce the number of incidents and vessel structural damage;
- Increasing the number of days of operational use of ice roads;
- Increasing the survivability rates in lifeboats;
- Increasing the performance of immersion suits in a cold and harsh ocean environment; and,
- Reducing catastrophic failures in urban infrastructure, and increasing energy efficiency and durability of northern housing, thereby decreasing the cost of maintenance and repairs.
- Our Government is taking additional steps, as promised in its Economic Action Plan 2013, to position the NRC as Canada’s premier Research and Technology Organization focused on translating research and technology into economic prosperity for Canadians.
- Through the NRC Arctic Program, the Government of Canada is taking further steps to support Canada’s Northern Strategy while supporting its goal of promoting social and economic development.
- For example, our Government continues its collaboration with the Yukon Research Centre at YukonCollege to develop, test and deploy energy efficient and innovative cold climate housing technologies.
- Other major initiatives that our Government has taken to improve Canadian lives in the North include funding for the construction and operation of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station; the opening of the Arctic Training Centre in Resolute Bay, Nunavut; and, most recently, an investment for the new Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk all-season highway.
“The Government of Canada is committed to harnessing science, technology and research to further develop Canada’s North and improve the lives of Northerners. The new National Research Council Arctic Program will help improve housing, transport and resource development.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
“Our Government recognizes the full potential of the North. We will continue to support northern development by ensuring sustainable, low impact, responsible resource development in the Arctic, while creating jobs and improving the quality of life for residents of Northern communities.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper