Arctic research and monitoring receives funding

Jul 24, 2015

YELLOWKNIFE, NWT — The Department of National Defence has announced an new project to support Arctic research and counter Arctic sovereignty threats. The project was announced as part of a $12 million investment funded through the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).

The project will help improve Canada’s ability to monitor maritime activities in the Canadian Arctic, including detection and tracking of small ships, prediction of routes and destinations, as well as identification of suspicious vessels and illegal oil dumps.

The CSSP’s third Call for Proposals will see approximately $12 million invested in innovative projects across Canada. Since 2013, the CSSP has invested approximately $47 million to fund innovative projects to enhance the public safety and security of Canadians.

The CSSP is led by Defence Research and Development Canada (an agency of the Department of National Defence), in partnership with Public Safety Canada.

The CSSP’s mission is to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover from terrorist acts, crime, natural disasters, and serious accidents.

CSSP projects bring together experts from the fields of science, technology, public safety and security in non-government organizations, industry, government, and academia — nationally and internationally — to develop and improve knowledge and tools to better safeguard Canada.