Assented to 2014-12-16
An Act to establish the Canadian High Arctic Research Station
Marginal note:Short title
2 The following definitions apply in this Act.
Arctic, when used in relation to Canada, means those parts of Canada
Board means the Board of Directors of CHARS. (conseil)
CHARS means the Canadian High Arctic Research Station established by subsection 4(1). (SCREA)
Minister means the Minister designated under section 3. (ministre)
Marginal note:Designation of Minister
3 The Governor in Council may, by order, designate any federal minister to be the Minister referred to in this Act.
Marginal note:CHARS established
Marginal note:Agent of Her Majesty
(2) CHARS is for all its purposes an agent of Her Majesty in right of Canada and it may exercise its powers only as an agent of Her Majesty.
5 The purpose of CHARS is to
(a) advance knowledge of the Canadian Arctic in order to improve economic opportunities, environmental stewardship and the quality of life of its residents and all other Canadians;
(b) promote the development and dissemination of knowledge of the other circumpolar regions, including the Antarctic;
(c) strengthen Canada’s leadership on Arctic issues; and
(d) establish a hub for scientific research in the Canadian Arctic.
Powers and Functions
Marginal note:CHARS — functions
(a) undertake scientific research and develop technology;
(b) plan, direct, manage and implement programs and projects relating to scientific research and the development of technology;
(c) promote the testing, application, transfer, diffusion and commercialization of technology;
(d) encourage integration across disciplines and activities;
(e) publish and disseminate studies, reports and other documents;
(f) complement national and international networks of expertise and of facilities; and
(g) perform any other functions that the Minister assigns to it.
Marginal note:CHARS — powers
(2) In carrying out its purpose, CHARS may
(a) construct, manage and operate research facilities and systems;
(b) spend any money that it receives through the conduct of its operations, in the fiscal year in which the money is received or in subsequent fiscal years;
(c) provide services and facilities to any department, board or agency of the Government of Canada, or to any other government or any organization or person;
(d) make recoverable expenditures on behalf of any department, board or agency of the Government of Canada, or on behalf of any other government or any organization or person;
(e) license, assign, sell or otherwise make available, and receive fees, royalties and payment for, any patent, copyright, industrial design, trademark, trade secret or other similar property right held, controlled or administered by CHARS;
(f) enter into contracts, agreements, memoranda of understanding or other arrangements in the name of Her Majesty in right of Canada or of CHARS;
(g) lease personal property or movables, acquire any money, securities or other personal property or movables, including by purchase, gift or bequest or legacy, and — subject to any terms of the acquisition — spend or invest the money or securities;
(h) acquire real property or immovables, have the administration, as defined in section 2 of the Federal Real Property and Federal Immovables Act, of the real property or immovables or acquire a licence as defined in section 2 of that Act;
(i) as lessor, lease any personal property or movables referred to in paragraph (g) or dispose by any means of property or movables acquired under that paragraph, subject to any terms on which the property or movables were acquired;
(j) subject to any terms on which the real property or immovables were acquired, dispose of any real property or immovables or give a licence as defined in section 2 of the Federal Real Property and Federal Immovables Act; and
(k) undertake any other activities that the Board considers conducive to the furtherance of CHARS’s purpose and to the performance of its functions and exercise of its powers.
Marginal note:Approval of Governor in Council
(3) Despite paragraphs (2)(h) and (j), CHARS may acquire or dispose of real property or immovables, and interests in real property or immovable real rights, only with the approval of the Governor in Council.
(4) Subsection (3) does not apply to any
(a) acquisition or disposition by lease;
(c) disposition to a public utility or a municipality of easements or servitudes or other interests in real property or immovable real rights if the disposition is necessary for the utility or municipality to carry out its activities, including the construction or maintenance of a public work.
(2) CHARS must advise the Minister in respect of any matter that is referred to it under subsection (1).
(3) The Minister may require CHARS to provide him or her with reports on its activities and operations, and may make such a report available to the public.
Board of Directors
Marginal note:Oversight of CHARS
8 (1) The organization and administration of CHARS are to be overseen by a Board of Directors consisting of nine members, including a Chairperson and a Vice-chairperson. The members of the Board are to be appointed by the Governor in Council to hold office on a part-time basis.
Marginal note:Approval of plans and budgets
(2) The Board’s oversight function includes approving CHARS’s science and technology plan as well as annual workplans and budgets referred to in subsection 17(2).
Marginal note:Qualifications of members
(3) Persons appointed to the Board must have knowledge or experience that will assist CHARS in carrying out its purpose, having regard to the ethnic, linguistic and regional diversity of Canada’s Arctic.
Marginal note:Terms of office
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