Space: A Critical Part of our Canadian Infrastructure
Space technologies are essential to supporting our national needs. Contributing to the economic well-being of our country, space assets serve Canadians and government departments by strengthening our national sovereignty, safety, security, resource management, and environmental monitoring capability.
The Canadian space sector has established a world-class reputation in niche areas:
- Earth observation;
- Space robotics;
- Space science and exploration;
- Satellite communications.
The Canadian Space Sector
The Canadian space sector generates knowledge-intensive employment and significant commercial ventures in related industrial sectors. The sector employs over 8,200 individuals, of which over 4,300 are highly-qualified professionals, in more than 200 companies, research organizations, universities, and government departments and agencies all across Canada. In 2010, the sector generated total revenues of $3.439 billion, from which 50 percent came from exports.
Canadian space organizations are internationally renowned for their leading-edge technologies. With the support of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Canadian space organizations have developed long-standing relationships with prime contractors and space-faring nations. Among its international relations, Canada has collaborated with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in a wide range of space science and exploration activities over the past four decades. Canada is also the only non-European country to participate in the European Space Agency (ESA) programs.
The Aerospace, Defence and Marine Branch (ADMB) of Industry Canada promotes the development of an internationally competitive and sustainable space sector. Working closely with the CSA and other government departments, the branch promotes research and development opportunities that will result in new advancements for Canadian space capabilities. The branch participates in the development of space policies and strategies, and ensures that the needs of the sector and the government are taken into consideration.
For more information, please contact the Space team of ADMB:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Branch
235, Queen Street
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