Executive Council Office

Northern Science Initiatives

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Yukon-based science initiatives

Initiative Description 
Yukon Research Facilities

Government of Yukon manages and/or provides funding or in-kind support to nine research facilities in Yukon. More information on each of these research facilities and other Yukon research facilties is available through the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators.

Innovation at Yukon College

The goal of Cold Climate Innovation and Technology Innovation at Yukon College is to stimulate the economy by advancing innovative ideas through to commercialization.

Northern Research Endowment Fund

The Northern Research Endowment Fund was established in 1989 by the Government of Yukon to support "scholarly research in the humanities, social, pure, and applied sciences that is directly relevant to Yukon.

Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College

Yukon Research Centre is solving northern problems with northern expertise. Their mission is to answer northern research questions, support and advance local innovation, and provide research services to visiting researchers.

Research Licensing in Yukon

Under the provisions of the Scientists and Explorers Act all persons entering the Yukon for the purposes of research must obtain a Scientists and Explorers Licence. The Arctic Institute of North America has archived the listing of all permitted research projects in the Yukon in their Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS) database.

Yukon Science Institute

The Yukon Science Institute promotes public awareness of science activities in the Yukon by coordinating a public lecture series.

National science initiatives

Initiative Description 
Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies

ACUNS mission is to advance and promote northern research and education, notably through scholarships, conferences and collaboration. It administers a range of scholarships, fellowships and awards to support northern research.


ArcticNet is a Network of Centres of Excellence that brings together scientists and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies and the private sector to study the impacts of climate change and modernization in the coastal Canadian Arctic.

Arctic Institute of North America 

The Arctic Institute of North America operates the Kluane Lake Research STation, publishes the journal Arctic, and maintains the Arctic Science and Technology Information System database.

Centre for the North

The Conference Board of Canada's Centre for the North conducts independent applied research on issues affecting Canada’s North.

Canadian Cryospheric Information Network

The objectives of this network are to provide a data and information management infrastructure for the Canadian cryospheric research community,to enhance public awareness and access to cryospheric information and related data, and to facilitate the exchange of information between researchers, northern communities, decision makers, and the public.

Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators

The Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators is a network of research support facilities providing specialized technical services to academic, government, private and international scientific research sectors.

Canadian High Arctic Research Station 

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station will comprise a world-class research station, a building that will support field logistics and maintenance and accommodations for visiting researchers located in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.The construction of the station began in summer 2014 and is expected to be complete in 2017.

Canadian Institutes for Health Research

Created in 2000, CIHR was designed to respond to the evolving needs for health research and seeks to transform health research in Canada by funding research, building research capacity, training the next generation of health researchers and focusing on knowledge translation.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

NSERC is Canada's primary funder of reserach in natural sciences in engineering. Over the last 10 years, NSERC has invested more than $7 billion in basic research, projects involving partnerships between postsecondary institutions and industry, and the training of Canada’s next generation of scientists and engineers.

Northern Contaminants Program

Established in 1991, the NCP works to reduce and, wherever possible, eliminate contaminants in traditionally harvested foods, while providing information that assists informed decision making by individuals and communities in their food use.

Northern Scientific Training Program 

The primary purpose of the Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP) is to encourage and support Canadian university students with an interest in northern studies and conducting thesis research in Northern regions, by assisting them to gain northern professional experience and training, through the issuance of supplementary funds.

Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative

Transport Canada's Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative is designed to help us better understand climate impacts and facilitate better and more integrated transportation planning and adaptation measures. The initiative includes a $4.075 million grants and contribution program to support territorial governments and not-for-profit private sector research and development activities to maximize limited northern resources.

Polar Knowledge Canada

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station Act, which came into force on June 1, 2015, established Polar Knowledge Canada, a new federal research organization that combines the mandate and functions of the Canadian Polar Commission and the Canadian High Arctic Research Station program at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

Polar Contintental Shelf Program

PCSP coordinates field logistics in support of advancing scientific knowledge and management of Canada’s lands and natural resources. As a national service delivery organization, PCSP coordinates logistics for Canadian government agencies, provincial and territorial government agencies, northern organizations, universities and independent groups conducting research in Canada’s North.

Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic

In partnership and with the substantial support of a wide range of northern actors, ReSDA is funding a series of research projects on findings ways of ensuring that a larger share of the benefits of resource development stays in the region, with fewer costs to communities.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences.

International science initiatives

Initiative Description 
Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment

NASA's Terrestrial Ecology Program is conducting a major field campaign, the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), in Alaska and western Canada, for 8 to 10 years, starting in 2015. ABoVE seeks a better understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of ecosystems and society to this changing environment.

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program

Established in 1991, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme is one of six Working Groups of the Arctic Council and is mandated to monitor and assess the status of the Arctic region with respect to pollution and climate change issues.

Arctic Portal

The Arctic Portal is a comprehensive gateway to Arctic information and data on the internet, increasing information sharing and co-operation among Arctic stakeholders and granting exposure to Arctic related information and data. The Arctic Portal is operated in consultation and co-operation with members of the Arctic Council and its Working Groups, Permanent Participants, Observers and other Stakeholders.

Arctic Collaborative Environment

Arctic Collaborative Environment (ACE) is an internet-based, open-access, Arctic-focused, environmental research and decision support system that integrates data from existing remote sensing assets with products from existing and new environmental models to provide monitoring, analysis, and visualization based on earth observation data and modeling.

Arctic Research Consortium of the United States

The vision of ARCUS is to establish strong and productive linkages among international Arctic researchers, educators, communities, and other stakeholders that promote discovery and understanding of the Arctic and inform sound decisions related to the Arctic.

Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

APECS' goals include creating opportunities for the development of innovative, international, and interdisciplinary collaborations among current early career polar researchers as well as recruiting, retaining and promoting the next generation of polar enthusiasts.

Arctic Science Summit Week

Arctic Science Summit Week is the annual gathering of international scientists and policymakers who advance Arctic research.

Atlas of Community Based Monitoring in a Changing Arctic

This atlas was designed to showcase the many community-based monitoring (CBM) and traditional knowledge (TK) initiatives across the circumpolar region.

Canadian International Centre for the Arctic Region 

As part of Canada's Arctic foreign policy, a dedicated Canadian International Arctic Centre (CICA) was established in 2009. CICAR is located in the Canadian Embassy in Oslo, Norway and has a network of officers at Canada’s embassies in North America, Europe and Asia. One of its objectives is to help position Canada as a global leader in Arctic science and research.

Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program

The Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) is an international network of scientists, governments, Indigenous organizations and conservation groups working to harmonize and integrate efforts to monitor the Arctic's living resources.

Circumpolar Health Observatory

CircHOB’s purpose is to monitor trends and patterns in health status, health determinants, and health care, provides qualitative and quantitative evidence for planning and evaluation of health programs and services.

International Arctic Science Committee

The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is a non-governmental, international scientific organization that promotes and supports leading-edge multi-disciplinary research in order to foster a greater scientific understanding of the Arctic region and its role in the Earth system.

International Arctic Social Science Association

IASSA's mission is to promote and stimulate international cooperation and to increase the participation of social scientists in national and international Arctic research.

International Polar Year

IPY 2007-2008 was the largest-ever international program of scientific research focussed on the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Thousands of scientists and researchers from more than 60 nations around the globe participated in IPY during the 24-month period beginning March 2007.

Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks

The Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) process was initiated by the Arctic Council (AC) and has been underway since early 2007. Its purpose is to support and strengthen the development of multinational engagement for sustained and coordinated pan-Arctic observing and data sharing systems that serve societal needs, particularly related to environmental, social, economic and cultural issues.

US Array This initiative is deploying 261 seismograph stations in Alaska and Yukon.

To find out more contact:

Dr. Aynslie Ogden, Senior Science Advisor
Executive Council Office
Government of Yukon
Phone: 867.667.5431

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2703 (A-16)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2C6