To be the location and partner of choice for deep underground science, delivering world-class science and benefit to Canada, and her international partners, by providing and promoting national and international access to the unique facilities and expertise at SNOLAB.


In support of its vision, SNOLAB will:

Strategic goals

SNOLAB has developed four strategic goals to guide realization of the mission:

Enable and Spearhead World-Class Underground Science
Ensure SNOLAB supports, maintains and executes a world-class research programme and plays its own significant role in the shaping and delivery of science. SNOLAB will continue its advance of scientific discovery by supporting our major experiments to achieve publishable results by 2018 and securing a next-generation experiment for the Cryopit. SNOLAB will also work to wrap up the initial science goals and deliver on the existing projects. A secondary objective is to continue to expand our science programme to include additional multidisciplinary projects that complement our current underground expertise.

Develop and Maintain World-Class Facilities and Infrastructure
Ensure SNOLAB remains at the forefront of infrastructure provisions for underground science. SNOLAB will develop the required infrastructure to support existing and incoming experiments including the development of robust and continuous power distribution systems, upgrades to highspeed networking, and safety systems. We will expand the low background counting programme by expanding the capabilities of the current facility underground, maximizing expertise available locally.

Educate, Inspire and Innovate
SNOLAB will strengthen Canada’s reputation and profile as an international leader in science and contribute a broad economic impact to Canada and the local community by educating and inspiring through public and professional outreach activities, developing HQP and delivering innovative solutions through universities and small-medium enterprises.

Develop Delivery Systems of Internationally Recognized Standard
To continue to develop SNOLAB internal project and programme management capacity to enable and optimize its impact on the effective and efficient design, development and implementation of science experiments and to contribute to the achievement of research outcomes. SNOLAB will continue to pursue ISO and OSHAS designations that demonstrate the depth and breadth of our quality assurance.


We commit to five core values as an organisation, in achieving the mission objectives of SNOLAB:


SNOLAB has an overarching emphasis on the safety of its programme. This is the foundation upon which we realise our mission. We are committed, both individually and as a team, to protecting the health and safety of our staff, users and visitors. We are aided in this process by the expertise and experience of our staff, safety teams, regulatory bodies and Vale, our hosts.


Achieving the highest standards in research, operations, and management is paramount. SNOLAB is committed to fostering a culture in which individuals make full use of their skills and knowledge, and provides opportunities to develop through continuous improvement. Our focus is on delivering world-class research, through supporting and enabling excellence in research and operations.


The greatest resource SNOLAB has available is the expertise of diverse, competent people within its staff and community. Our approach to teamwork is based on the belief that each member brings a unique experience and important expertise to the workplace, allowing project challenges to be resolved. Together, we will exemplify a respectful work environment that supports cooperation, and collaboration in all aspects of work.


We strive to educate and inspire as a core component of our commitment to our public sponsors. To disseminate the enthusiasm of our staff and users, and the excitement of the research undertaken, SNOLAB will continue to engage fully in professional and public outreach. To maximise the benefit from investment in people, we will continue to engage in educational and highly qualified personnel development programmes.


SNOLAB is committed to upholding an environment of trust, responsibility and accountability to our stakeholders. Accountability to our internal governance structures, external research communities, funding agencies and public sponsors is our goal. Strong governance and effective management will guide our organizational development. SNOLAB will facilitate the full lifecycle of research projects from conception to completion and aims to create a supportive research environment that ensures effectiveness and positive outcomes.