Harper announces NRC will launch Arctic program

Feds commit $17 million over eight years

WHITEHORSE – Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off the first full day of his annual northern tour today with news of a multimillion-dollar Arctic program from the National Research Council.

The program will focus on resource development, northern transportation and shipping, marine safety technologies and community infrastructure.

The federal government is spending $17 million on the program over eight years, and will be seeking another $65 million in co-investments from industry over that same time period.

Harper says the program will help bridge the gap between laboratory research and the marketplace.

Harper made the announcement after a tour of Yukon College.

Later, he’ll visit Miles Canyon Trail and then he’s scheduled to attend a Conservative party rally in Whitehorse.

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