Nunavut company awarded contract to manage, maintain CHARS facility

Nunavut Arctic Services gets 5-year, $33.4-million deal

The Canadian High Arctic Research Station will have a new facility manager starting next month: Nunavut Arctic Services of Resolute Bay. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The federal government has awarded a contract to a Nunavut company to help manage and maintain the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay.

Resolute Bay-based Nunavut Arctic Services won the contract to manage the facility on April 30, operating as a joint venture, said Anita Anand, the public services and procurement minister, in a news release.

The five-year contract is worth $33.4 million.

“This contract was designed to ensure full participation of registered Inuit firms, in line with the Nunavut Agreement and the government’s directive for procurements conducted in the territory,” Anand said in the release.

“The services provided under this new contract further contribute to economic development and capacity building of Inuit firms and individuals.”

Nunavut Arctic Services has been registered since October 2020 under the name of well-known Resolute businessman Aziz Kheraj.

The company will be tasked with building operations and maintenance at the facility, including emergency work services, janitorial requirements, accommodation management, inventory management, repairs and service calls.

CHARS, which opened in 2019, consists of a main research building, the field and maintenance building and on-campus accommodations, including two triplex buildings used by Polar Knowledge Canada to house visiting scientists and researchers.

Nunavut Arctic Services takes over the contract June 1, though the company won’t be fully transitioned into the role until September.

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(16) Comments:

  1. Posted by One thing useful on

    There it is, a huge white elephant 🐘 on the Tundra, useful for at least one thing, huge upkeep contracts. Amazing.

    • Posted by Samson on

      Hey, are you talking about my homeland,NUNAVUT

      • Posted by R U Serious? on

        LoL 😆

      • Posted by Nunavut Wildlife on

        I believe that he is talking about the Nunavut white elephant. A species that is known to be fed by the Canadian taxpayer and inhabit the area around Cambridge Bay.

        It is not an endangered species, and examples of it can be found many places.

    • Posted by hermann kliest on

      He’s the good man, so glad his company have a 5 yr contract. Good for you my friend, I hope additional 5 yrs extension would be in ur favor as well.

    • Posted by Koighok kugluktuk on

      What about inuit beneficiaries. Us inuit are hard working and need jobs and contracts too. Much rather than the amount spend on flying people in from south to work.

      • Posted by Little to Discuss on

        Have you submitted your application to this Nunavut company? If not, then there is little to talk about.

      • Posted by Roger Pilon on

        Say hi to Larry Adjun for me. What a great guy. You guys need training for jobs. Get a trainer up there. Like me lol

  2. Posted by Yuge Contract on

    $6.7 million per year to provide emergency work services, janitorial requirements, accommodation management, inventory management, repairs and service calls on a few 2 year old buildings. Awarded to a company 700km away. And as a joint-venture? Joint-venture with who? How’s this even possible?
    In case anybody needs a reminder, this facility cost $190,000,000 to $250,000,000 to build (difference between Nunatsiaq and CBC numbers). This $6.7 million amount is actually part of the $30,000,000 it costs to operate annually. Over a 25 year time period, we’re talking about one billion dollars. Yes, $1,000,000,000.
    Don’t worry though, the feds committed to $270,000,000 over 10 years for housing for the entire territory. Which is about half of what they’ll spend on CHARS during its first 10 years.

    • Posted by Researcher on

      Maybe it can be used to do research into homelessness.
      Maybe it can be used to do research into bureaucracy.
      Maybe it can be used to do research into the effects of overcrowdedness.
      Maybe it can be used to do research into the effects of inadequate nutrition.
      Maybe it can be used to do research into how to solve these probles.

      • Posted by NunaLogic on

        Are you really a ‘researcher’? I am sincerely curious.

        This building was not designed to conduct social science research, which frankly could be done in your front room in your PJ’s with a good laptop and access to a good data source. It was presumably designed to do what some would call hard science (or, real science). At a cost of around 1/4 of a billion dollars, by the way. Now you want to completely switch gears because… reality has shown the complete folly in its original mission?

      • Posted by boris pasternak on

        to have these things; education…education and willing to work, work and work at any jobs at first to eat, to have home, and seek help, get away from addiction, be willing to change and be meaningful citizen to Nunavut and Canada. it is unwilling to go to school that brought these things to one’s life. listens, Canada is few of the world’s country that is willing to provide free education which not too many is willing to take advantage of, specially in Nunavut.

  3. Posted by Arctic Albatross on

    A beautiful monument to opulence, ambition, and our total confusion.

  4. Posted by Print print print on

    Print that money Canada. The amount of dollars pumped up here for nonsense like this is too little known outside the north.

  5. Posted by Oscare on

    Unbelievable a local company didn’t get the contract. We will see how this company does? They better hire only local and not bring in outsiders.

    • Posted by It Did on

      A local company did get the contract, and I hope that they get the best people for the job, regardless of where they are from.


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