DAG 2016 – Joint and Other Systems Services

Polar Communications and Weather

Information: Not Included

The proposal requires further analysis.

Professional Services


The Polar Communications and Weather (PCW) Project is a Whole of Government (WoG) initiative to address broad priorities in the North. The objectives of PCW are to provide reliable narrowband SATCOM for tactical and highly-mobile operations, to provide reliable military and civil wideband SATCOM for large data and imagery transfer, to provide meteorological information for forecasting and to monitor climate change, and to provide space weather monitoring.


The PCW Project will address broad Canadian priorities in the Arctic for high northern communications and weather. The PCW Project will provide a unique, narrowband and wideband communications capability to Canada and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), an improved weather monitoring capability to support global weather forecasting, climate change monitoring, and sea ice forecasting. It will also provide a space weather observation capability to help monitor the effects of adverse space phenomena on terrerstrial and space-based assets.This project will compliment the Tactical Narrowband Satellite Communication Project if approved.

Preliminary Estimate

  • More than $1.5 billion

Anticipated Timeline

Point of Contact

Director General Space
Phone: 613-945-5566

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