Arctic program

With burgeoning industries such as mining, tourism, commercial fishing and oil and gas, Canada's Arctic is full of opportunities and huge engineering challenges surrounding environmentally safe and sustainable economic development. In response, the Arctic program develops technologies that will ensure the sustainable and low-impact development of the North while also increasing the quality of life for Northerners through more reliable and relevant infrastructure.

By partnering with the northern shipping and mining industries, as well as with government regulators and operators, the program develops technologies that will result in safer and more efficient shipping operations in ice-covered waters. The Arctic program also works to improve petroleum development by optimizing ice management, investigating ice loads on offshore structures, developing oil spill solutions and improving the performance of life-saving appliances (LSA) in extreme and remote environments.For further information about projects the Arctic program is delivering, please take a look at our NRC publications archive to view Arctic program-related research papers.


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.


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

Mark Murphy, Business Advisor
Telephone: 709-772-2105

Online request form

Submit an online request for information about our programs and services.

Supplemental content

The Arctic program has Government and Industry partners in the fields of resource development, northern transportation, marine safety and construction, working closely with indigenous and northern communities.

Targeted industries

Oil & gas, transportation, government, marine safety, construction


Ottawa - Montreal Road

Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John's


Date modified: