Arctic research program


Collecting samples for testing in the Arctic

With burgeoning mining, tourism and commercial fishing industries, Canada's Arctic is full of opportunities, and engineering challenges, for environmentally safe and sustainable economic development.

With partners from government, industry and Indigenous and northern communities, the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) Arctic program seeks to meet these challenges through 4 main research streams: northern transportation, marine safety, resource development and community infrastructure.

Under the Arctic program, researchers are developing tools and technologies to:

  • improve the safety and efficiency of shipping operations in ice-covered waters
  • optimize ice management and investigate ice loads on offshore structures
  • improve the performance of life-saving appliances in extreme and remote environments
  • monitor, mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change in Canada’s North
  • develop solutions for oil spills in the Arctic
  • design more reliable and relevant infrastructure to ensure the sustainable and low-impact development of the North, while also increasing the quality of life for northerners


Collaborate with us

Collaborate with us on strategic research projects to help de-risk your innovative ideas, assist with performance evaluation of technologies and evaluate new methods of increasing safety and efficiency.

Contact us

If you're interested in partnering with the NRC to collaborate on research and development in support of our Arctic program, please contact:

Anne Barker, Arctic Program Leader
Telephone: 613-990-2511

Targeted industries

Transportation, government, marine safety, construction, oil and gas