The Canadian Northern Corridor

The Canadian Northern Corridor is an idea that responds to Canada’s need to increase interregional and international trade, provide services to northern communities, and establish a broadly accepted approach to large-scale infrastructure development.

The envisioned Canadian Northern Corridor Concept involves:

  • a network of northern trade and transportation pathways connecting communities and development projects from north to south and coast to coast to coast, and
  • a new approach to large-scale infrastructure planning and development

The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary is undertaking research and public engagement sessions to study the feasibility, acceptability and desirability of the Canadian Northern Corridor Concept. Our research aims to inform dialogue and decision-making about the Concept and the planning and development approach that would support it.


The Canadian Northern Corridor Concept - a network of multi-modal rights-of-way across middle and northern Canada - could address Canada’s unique geographic, political, legal and economic challenges to trade infrastructure development.

Research Program

The School of Public Policy’s program will provide the information and analysis necessary to establish the feasibility of the Canadian Northern Corridor Concept.