The Research Program

Research Publications

The Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program includes multiple studies, across several areas of expertise, to address the many facets of the corridor concept including financial, legal, geographical, socio-economic, environmental, regulatory, governance and policy dimensions. The purpose is to provide the information and analysis necessary to establish the feasibility of the Canadian Northern Corridor.

Research Areas


Recent Publications

Opening Canada’s North: A Study of Trade Costs in the Territories Foundational Studies

Opening Canada’s North: A Study of Trade Costs in the Territories

G. Kent Fellows and Trevor Tombe

The School of Public Policy Publications
Volume 11 • Issue 17 • June 2018
In this paper, the authors estimate trade costs in Canada's North and find that policy-relevant trade costs (those trade costs that policy changes may help lower) are substantial. The paper presents several measures of the internal and international trade costs faced by Canadian provinces and territories and, using these estimates, describes results of a series of counterfactual simulation experiments using a computable general equilibrium model of the Canadian economy.

Gains from Trade for Canada’s North: The Case for a Northern Infrastructure Corridor Foundational Studies

Gains from Trade for Canada’s North: The Case for a Northern Infrastructure Corridor

G. Kent Fellows and Trevor Tombe

The School of Public Policy Publications
Volume 10 • Issue 2 • March 2018
This paper makes the economic case for establishing an east-west trade corridor in Canada’s North. Authors discuss the magnitude and consequences of trade costs with and between Canada’s territories. They find the per-mile trade costs are 45 per cent larger for the territories than the provinces, suggesting lower quality infrastructure is an important cause. The gains from lowering such costs are huge.

Planning for Infrastructure to Realize Canada’s Potential: The Corridor Concept Foundational Studies

Planning for Infrastructure to Realize Canada’s Potential: The Corridor Concept

Andrei Sulzenko and G. Kent Fellows

The School of Public Policy Publications
Volume 9 • Issue 22 • May 2016
This is the landmark study that provides the framework for deeper inquiry into the Canadian Northern Corridor concept. The study outlines the corridor concept and its application to advancing infrastructure to promote continued growth and prosperity for Canada.