Ottawa, Quebec City announce additional funding for northern research institute

Laval University’s campus in Quebec City. Construction on a new pavilion for the Institut nordique du Québec (Quebec northern institute) is expected to finish in 2026. (Courtesy Laval University)

The federal and Quebec provincial governments are contributing additional monies towards the Institut nordique du Québec (Quebec northern institute) construction project at Laval University.

Ottawa and Quebec City will contribute an additional $8 million each towards financing of the construction project, the university said in a statement on Friday. 

“This new facility will play a central role in promoting northern and Arctic research, positioning INQ and Université Laval as key players in the field,” Sophie D’Amours, rector of the university, said. 

“It will be a tangible symbol of Québec’s leadership in this area and an international hub for dialogue and discussion to promote the sustainable development of the North.”

Sophie d’Amour speaking at the announcement on Friday: 

The institute was founded in 2014 and is located on the campus of Laval University in Quebec City.

The project was set up for researchers to better collaborate and share knowledge on Arctic Quebec and northern regions elsewhere in Canada.

The money announced Friday will go towards the construction of a new pavilion for the institute.

The cost of the project has been tallied at $105 million. (Courtesy Laval University)

The building is set to include laboratories, warehouses, as well as functioning as a logistics centre were people can prepare for research trips to the Arctic.

The cost of the project has been tallied at $105 million.

Ottawa is contributing $33.6 million, the Quebec provincial government will put in $42.13 million, $29.27 million will come from Laval University.

The university said calls for tender will be launched “shortly.”

The 9,865 m2 facility is slated to open in 2026. 

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

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