The Research Program


The Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program is a flagship research program of The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. 

The purpose of the Program is to provide the information and analysis necessary to establish the feasibility of the Canadian Northern Corridor: a network of multi-modal rights-of-way across middle and northern Canada, with an accompanying policy, regulatory and governance structure.

Read more about the concept, here

The Program is academically-led and peer-reviewed, with stakeholder engagement throughout. The research is directed and led by researchers at The School of Public Policy and draws on the expertise of academics and practitioners from across Canada. Learn more about the People and Contributors.


In May 2016, The School of Public Policy and the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO) published a policy study outlining the corridor concept and its application to advancing infrastructure to promote continued growth and prosperity for Canada. Authors Sulzenko and Fellows provided a strong case for further inquiry on the potential for the application of the concept, and recommended a research approach involving a series of extensive studies to address the physical, financial, public policy and governance dimensions as well as strategic implications and the environmental and socio-economic impacts. The School of Public Policy has since embarked on this ambitious research agenda. 


Program activities will take place over an approximate 5-year time period (2019-2024). Core activities are academic studies, stakeholder roundtables, and community engagement sessions. Throughout the Program, as studies are published, we will host outreach activities to communicate results to policymakers, other stakeholders and the general public.

Through our discussions with partners and stakeholders we have identified eight broad themes of research needed to effectively evaluate the corridor concept. Research under all thematic areas will take place concurrently.

Program Research Themes

Click to see publications to-date under each thematic area: