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Arctic Logistics Requests

The Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) has suspended logistics services for the remainder of the 2020 Arctic field season.

The PCSP facility in Resolute, Nunavut, remains closed until further notice.

The deadline for 2021 Arctic logistics requests has now passed.

The planning and delivery of the operations for the 2021 Arctic field season will be conducted in accordance with the public health guidelines, travel restrictions and the NRCan workplace re entry protocols in place at that time.

Please consult the applicable federal, territorial and provincial public health orders and advisories for your fieldwork location(s).

How to Apply

Please contact the PCSP if you have questions regarding the logistics request process or our support for specific Arctic programs and partners.


Who can apply

PCSP Arctic field logistics planning and coordination are available to:

  • Researchers from Canadian government, university, northern, and independent research organizations conducting scientific fieldwork in Canada’s North. 
  • International research organizations and private research institutions, subject to feasibility and overall demand for PCSP logistics coordination
  • Federal government operational projects in Canada’s North

Applying to the PCSP

It is important that you review both the PCSP Arctic Operations Manual [PDF 5.4 Mb] and PCSP’s Terms and Conditions before you apply.

Before completing an Arctic logistics request, you should plan your fieldwork, including your logistics support requirements.  The Arctic logistics request will ask you to provide details about your requirements for charter aircraft, fuel, field equipment and accommodations at the PCSP Arctic logistics hub in Resolute.  You will also be asked for information about your field camp location(s), field party, planned use and load details for each aircraft request and specific pieces of field equipment required. The PCSP also requests a project description, health and safety plan, and information to conduct an environmental assessment pre-screening.  This information assists the PCSP in assessing its ability to provide logistics support.

The PCSP can offer planning, coordination and delivery of the following Arctic logistics:

  • Charter air transportation to and from remote field camps throughout Canada’s North
  • Field equipment for loan (including cold-weather clothing and communications equipment)
  • Fuel for aircraft, field equipment and camps
  • Meals, accommodations and working space (including a multi-purpose laboratory) at the PCSP facility (Arctic logistics hub) in Resolute, Nunavut (open from January to September)
  • Advice and coordination for shipping and receiving (including sealift and dangerous goods)
  • A communications network that links the PCSP with the research teams in field camps dispersed throughout the Arctic

Although the PCSP may be able to provide advice and assist with providing contacts, the PCSP does not supply (e.g., arrange, procure, provide) the following field program components, which may also be considered logistics:

  • commercial flights, accommodations or vehicle/equipment rentals
  • food and personnel for field camps
  • training of field party members and personnel
  • wildlife monitoring services
  • community liaison
  • required licences, permits or environmental assessments
  • scientific fieldwork planning
  • firearms
  • site clean-up and environmental remediation, including fuel drum removal
  • project endorsement

Assistance for Canadian researchers

The PCSP provides its advice, coordination and planning, free of charge, to eligible projects but recovers from clients the direct expenditures made on behalf of each project (e.g., for one hour of flying billed to the PCSP, one hour of flying will be recovered from the client).

The PCSP can, at times, defray a portion of the eligible logistics expenditures for projects (often referred to as “direct, in-kind support”).  Only researchers conducting science projects from Canadian universities or federal or territorial government departments or agencies may request direct, in-kind support for their project.  Arctic logistics requests that are received outside of the October application period are not eligible for direct, in-kind support.

Special programs

Polar Knowledge Canada’s Science and Technology Program

The PCSP may provide logistics coordination services for projects supported by Polar Knowledge Canada’s (POLAR) Science and Technology Program. Projects receiving funding from POLAR must indicate this on their PCSP logistics request. Field logistics expenditures should be included in the application for funding from POLAR. Projects receiving funding from POLAR may receive logistics coordination services from the PCSP on a recoverable basis and are not eligible for direct, in-kind support from the PCSP.

Traditional Knowledge Program

To contribute to the preservation of the rich repository of traditional knowledge of Arctic Peoples, applicants with research projects focused on traditional knowledge are encouraged to apply for the Traditional Knowledge Program

Canadian Arctic-Antarctic Exchange Program 

The Canadian Arctic-Antarctic Exchange Program encourages collaboration among Canadian Arctic and non-Canadian, Antarctic scientists wishing to undertake joint studies in both polar regions. Canadian scientists wishing to “sponsor” Antarctic partners are invited to apply to this program.

Please contact the PCSP for further information about these programs.

Review process

The Arctic logistics request submission deadline is in late October each year for fieldwork in the following calendar year. The PCSP assesses the feasibility of all projects.  Feasibility is dependent on the distribution and timing of requested logistics, the availability of aircraft or field equipment, the flexibility of the project, the reasonableness of the requested logistics and costs to the PCSP (both human resources and financial) to deliver the requested logistics.

Please note that the PCSP Project Review Committee reviews all Arctic logistics requests from university applicants, following the Project Review Committee Scoring Guide.  For more information on the prioritization process for other organizations, please contact the PCSP. 

Once a project is fully planned and coordinated and the project’s principal investigator has provided their intent to proceed, the PCSP sends a formal project agreement, typically in February or March.  This document confirms all planned logistics, provides estimated costs and includes the PCSP’s Terms and Conditions associated with PCSP support.

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