Toward a new Arctic Policy Framework


Current status: Closed

The process started in April 2017 and input from the public will be accepted until the end of February 2018.

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On December 20, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that a new Arctic Policy Framework will be co-developed in collaboration with Indigenous, territorial and provincial partners to replace Canada's Northern Strategy (2009) and the Statement on Canada's Arctic Foreign Policy (2010).

This process builds on the commitments made in the US-Canada Joint Arctic Leaders' Statement and will be informed by Mary Simon's reports from the Shared Arctic Leadership Model Engagement. The Government of Canada recognizes the extensive work that has already been undertaken by our key partners in developing the priorities for their respective regions. This process will build upon rather than replace this important work.


The Government of Canada will work collaboratively with territories, provinces and Indigenous groups to identify and build a long-term vision to 2030 for the Canadian and circumpolar Arctic.

A whole-of-government approach involving many departments and agencies from across the Government of Canada will contribute to this process. This will involve working within established timelines to undertake joint planning, drafting and analysis in setting priorities and strategies for Canada in the Arctic.

The Government of Canada will reach out to national Indigenous organizations and will organize regional roundtables to seek the input of local Indigenous groups. Other opportunities for input will also be provided.

Input from all interested parties will also be welcomed.


Canada is an Arctic nation and it recognizes that the Arctic region requires shared leadership. As the federal government determines its priorities for the coming years, it will work closely with Arctic residents and governments to ensure their views and priorities are at the forefront of policy decisions affecting the future of the Canadian Arctic and Canada's role in the circumpolar Arctic. The new federal policy framework will be developed to reorganize and reprioritize federal activities in the Arctic. The framework is intended to increase partnerships and collaboration between the federal government, Indigenous peoples and territorial and provincial governments.

The framework will apply to:

A number of themes have been identified, which may be refined through discussions with our partners:

This process will be informed by the reports by Mary Simon from the Shared Arctic Leadership Model Engagement as well as the following Arctic Leadership Model objectives:

Other priorities fundamental to Arctic residents, as well as matters raised in written and oral submissions received during regional roundtables and online, will be considered in the development of Canada's new Arctic Policy Framework.

Through this process, the Government of Canada is seeking to identify:

While the new Arctic Policy Framework will inform decisions in the Canadian and circumpolar Arctic, the Government of Canada retains the decision-making authority for matters related to Canadian defence, foreign policy and other issues of national interest.

When and where

The regional round table meetings are by invitation only but you can still participate in other ways.

Date Location
October 4, 2017 Churchill, Manitoba
October 11, 2017 Nain, Newfoundland and Labrador
October 12, 2017 Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
October 30 to 31, 2017 Kuujjuaq, Quebec
November 2, 2017 Iqaluit, Nunavut
November 8 to 9, 2017 Inuvik, Northwest Territories
December 13 to 14, 2017 Whitehorse, Yukon
January 17, 2018 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
February 5, 2018 Ottawa, Ontario, Extractive industries
February 6, 2018 Ottawa, Ontario, Innovators and other industry
February 7, 2018 Ottawa, Ontario, Non-governmental organizations
February 8, 2018 Ottawa, Ontario, Natural, theoretical and applied sciences
February 9, 2018 Ottawa, Ontario, Social sciences and humanities
February 13, 2018 Toronto, Ontario
February 14 to 21, 2018 Online (Youth virtual roundtables)
March 15, 2018 Thompson, Manitoba

How to participate

Tell us what Canada can do to support a strong, prosperous and sustainable Arctic. There are several ways to participate:

  1. attend a regional roundtable discussion (by invitation only)
  2. read the discussion guide and send a letter to the address in Contact us
  3. read the discussion guide and send your answer in an email to
  4. send a tweet using the hashtag #ArcticTogether


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Contact us

Arctic Policy Framework
15 rue Eddy, 14th floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H4

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