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
(a) north of sixty degrees north latitude; or
(b) south of sixty degrees north latitude but north of the southern limit of the discontinuous permafrost zone. (Arctique)
Board means the Board of Directors of CHARS. (conseil)
CHARS means the Canadian High Arctic Research Station established by subsection 4(1). (SCREA)
immovable has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Federal Real Property and Federal Immovables Act. (immeuble)
Minister means the Minister designated under section 3. (ministre)
- real property
real property has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Federal Real Property and Federal Immovables Act. (biens réels)
- 2014, c. 39, s. 145 “2”
- 2018, c. 12, s. 247
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
4 (1) A corporation is established to be called the Canadian High Arctic Research Station.
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
6 (1) In carrying out its purpose, CHARS is to
(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 of the real property or immovables or acquire a licence as defined in section 2 of the Federal Real Property and Federal Immovables 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 only with the approval of the Governor in Council.
(4) Subsection (3) does not apply to any
(a) lease of real property or of an immovable; or
(b) disposition to a public utility or municipality of an easement or any other interest in real property, other than a fee simple, or of a servitude or any other immovable real right, other than the ownership of an immovable, if the disposition is necessary for the utility or municipality to carry out its activities, including the construction or maintenance of a public work.
(c) [Repealed, 2018, c. 12, s. 248]
Marginal note:Property of Her Majesty
(5) Property acquired by CHARS is property of Her Majesty in right of Canada and title to it may be held in the name of Her Majesty in right of Canada or of CHARS.
Marginal note:Transfer of administration
(6) Paragraph 16(1)(g) of the Federal Real Property and Federal Immovables Act applies to CHARS as if it were an agent corporation as defined in that Act.
- 2014, c. 39, s. 145 “6”
- 2018, c. 12, s. 248
7 (1) The Minister may refer matters relating to Arctic science and technology to CHARS for its consideration.
(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
9 (1) Members of the Board are appointed to hold office during pleasure for terms of up to five years.
(2) A member of the Board is eligible for reappointment for a second term of office in the same or another capacity.
10 Members of the Board are to be paid the remuneration that is fixed by the Governor in Council.
11 Members of the Board are entitled to be paid reasonable travel and living expenses while absent from their ordinary place of residence in the course of their duties under this Act.
Marginal note:Chairperson’s role
12 The Chairperson presides over meetings of the Board and performs any other duties that are assigned by the Board.
Marginal note:Acting Chairperson
13 In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson, or a vacancy in that office, the Vice-chairperson acts as Chairperson.
President of CHARS
Marginal note:Appointment of President
14 (1) The President of CHARS is to be appointed by the Governor in Council to hold office during pleasure on a full-time basis for a term of up to five years.
(2) The President is eligible for reappointment for one or more further terms of office.
15 The President is to be paid the remuneration that is fixed by the Governor in Council.
16 The President is entitled to be paid reasonable travel and living expenses while absent from his or her ordinary place of work in the course of his or her duties under this Act.
Marginal note:President’s role
17 (1) The President is the chief executive officer of CHARS and is responsible for its day-to-day management and direction.
Marginal note:Plans and budgets
(2) The President must submit to the Board for approval
(a) CHARS’s science and technology plan, which must be submitted at intervals of five years or less; and
(b) annual workplans and budgets.
Marginal note:Acting President
18 (1) In the event of the absence or incapacity of the President, or a vacancy in that office, the Board must appoint an employee of CHARS to act as President.
Marginal note:Maximum acting period
(2) However, the acting President may act as President for longer than 90 days only with the approval of the Governor in Council.
19 (1) CHARS has authority over all matters relating to human resources management, including the determination of the terms and conditions of employment of its employees.
Marginal note:Supervision of CHARS employees
(2) The President is to exercise supervision over and direction of the activities of the employees of CHARS.
Marginal note:Human resources management
20 CHARS may, in the exercise of its authority in relation to human resources management,
(a) determine its requirements with respect to human resources and provide for the allocation and effective utilization of human resources;
(b) provide for the classification of CHARS positions;
(c) determine and regulate the pay to which its employees are entitled for services rendered, the hours of work and leave of those employees and any related matters;
(d) determine and regulate the payments that may be made to its employees by way of reimbursement for travel or other expenses and by way of allowances in respect of expenses and conditions arising out of their employment; and
(e) take any other measures that CHARS considers necessary for effective human resources management.
Marginal note:CHARS’s power to appoint
21 CHARS has the exclusive right and authority to appoint any employees that it considers necessary for carrying out its purpose.
Marginal note:Mobility to departments
22 (1) For the purpose of deployments or appointments made, or advertised internal appointment processes, under the Public Service Employment Act, employees of CHARS must be treated as if they were employees within the meaning of that Act and had the rights of recourse provided by that Act.
Marginal note:When deployments made subject to terms
(2) The Public Service Commission may, in consultation with the President of the Treasury Board, set terms and conditions for the deployment of CHARS’s employees to departments and agencies under the Public Service Employment Act if, in the opinion of the Commission, the principles governing CHARS’s staffing program are incompatible with those governing staffing under that Act.
Marginal note:Mobility to CHARS
(3) When CHARS considers employees within the meaning of the Public Service Employment Act for employment within CHARS, it must treat them as if they were employees of CHARS and had the rights of recourse of CHARS’s employees.
Marginal note:Public Service Commission review
23 The Public Service Commission may periodically review the compatibility of the principles governing CHARS’s staffing program with those governing staffing under the Public Service Employment Act and may report its findings in its annual report.
Marginal note:Political activities
24 Part 7 of the Public Service Employment Act applies to the President and employees of CHARS. For the purposes of that Part, the President is deemed to be a deputy head as defined in subsection 2(1) of that Act and the employees of CHARS are deemed to be employees as defined in that subsection.
Offices and Meetings
Marginal note:Head office and other offices
25 CHARS’s head office is to be in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The Board may establish other offices elsewhere in Canada that it considers necessary for carrying out CHARS’s purpose.
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