Canadian International Arctic Centre

As part of Canada's Arctic foreign policy, a dedicated Canadian International Arctic Centre (CIAC) was established in 2009. CIAC is located in the Canadian Embassy in Oslo, Norway and has a network of officers at Canada’s embassies in North America, Europe and Asia. 

Working in partnership with Canadian missions and other departments and agencies in Canada, the Centre's objective is to act as an arm of Global Affairs Canada’s Circumpolar Affairs division to advance Canada’s Arctic Foreign Policy.

The Centre offers strategic advice to inform Canada’s Arctic advocacy, foreign policy directions and actions. It also strengthens and coordinates regional engagement with Arctic state partners and beyond. With the interest in Arctic growing exponentially,  the Centre supports and works closely with Canadian missions in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia and the United States, as well as throughout Europe and increasingly in Asia.

The Centre pursues four specific objectives:

  • 1) to contribute to the development and implementation of a comprehensive Canadian Arctic foreign policy, including strengthened regional engagement,
  • 2) to support the identification of targeted, innovative trade and commercial opportunities for the North, including and benefiting Northerners;
  • 3) to help position Canada as a global leader in Arctic science and research; and
  • 4) to assert Canadian positions and contribute to raising Canada's profile on Northern issues, through an active advocacy strategy involving Northern participation.