The EnviroNorth training program is pan-Canadian, cross-disciplinary, and multi-institutional. Its aims are to facilitate the training of people who will be able to face the environmental challenges of the 21st century that are emerging from the growth of human ecological footprint in Northern environments.

In the context of EnviroNorth, Northern environments are those environments characterized by a long cold season, encompassing the Arctic, subarctic and provincial norths of Canada. These environments are often sparsely populated yet they face rapid economic and demographic developments. The evolution of Northern environments thus involves territorial, ecological, social, and economic challenges of critical significance to the future
of humans and the planet.

Northern environmental research is interdisciplinary and highly collaborative. At the heart of sustainable development, this research draws on many disciplines such as geology, chemistry, microbiology, sociology, engineering, geography, genetics and ecology.

Research on Northern environments is very challenging regarding the training of highly qualified personnel (HQP). Challenges arise due to the great distances between most remote field sites and university centres, the logistical difficulties associated with working in harsh environments, the global and interdisciplinary nature of scientific questions, and the difficulties in establishing two-way communication between experts and local communities. At the same time, industry, governments, and non-governmental organizations are in urgent need of personnel with an excellent understanding of Northern environments.


EnviroNorth was created by and is administered at Université du Québec à Rimouski. It relies on three groups of researchers situated across Canada and dedicated to Northern environmental research:

The Groupe de recherche sur les environnements nordiques BORÉAS
The Center for Northern Studies (CEN) CEN_web
Le Canadian Circumpolar Institute (CCI) CCI_web


EnviroNorth, also relies on the following participant universities:




Université du Québec à Rimouski

Université Laval ULaval_web
University of Alberta UofAlberta_web

Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)

Centre Eau, Terre, Environnement




Université de Sherbrooke



Université du Québec àTrois-Rivières


EnviroNorth is funded by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada:



Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council of Canada

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