Canada's federal government announced on April 8 that the Department of Energy, Mines, and Resources will get more money for the Polar Continental Shelf Project. The additional $4.5 million over the next 2 years and $1.2 million more for each year thereafter will increase the total annual PCSP budget to $7.4 million for the next 2 years and $6.3 million for each following year.
PCSP has become a comprehensive network for transportation, communication, coordination, and logistics to aid scientists studying the Arctic. The project promotes physical safety, scientific productivity, and cost effectiveness. Created in 1958, PCSP is now a branch of the Geological Survey of Canada. PCSP's base camps are at Resolute on Cornwallis Island for the eastern and central Arctic and Tuktoyaktuk in the Mackenzie River delta for the western Arctic.