From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Friday, December 2, 2016
The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) member states and cooperating states gathered in Lucerne, Switzerland, to make important investment decisions regarding Europe’s future space activities.
Today, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) President Sylvain Laporte confirmed the Government of Canada’s increased contribution to key ESA programmes.
To support innovation and evidence-based science in Canada’s space sector, Canada will be investing approximately $83 million (€53.6 million) in three programmes. The investment includes an additional $30 million announced in Budget 2016 for ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme.
The investment, in addition to strengthening the long-term partnership with ESA, is one that will support cutting-edge research and industry growth.
The Canada–ESA Cooperation Agreement has enabled Canadian industry, universities and scientists to develop strategic partnerships in the global space sector by participating in ESA space missions for more than 35 years. Through this collaboration, the Canadian space sector also gains access to data from ESA missions and infrastructure. As a result of the government’s continued investment, Canada will be able to use space to drive broader economic growth and leverage space for the benefit of all Canadians.
“Canada’s space program is, in effect, a research and innovation program. It leverages the benefits of space for all Canadians. The technologies designed for today’s space program can be applied tomorrow to our everyday lives and raise the living standards of all Canadians. The Canadian Space Agency’s participation in the European Space Agency’s programmes ensures that our country’s space industry remains dynamic and competitive in a rapidly evolving global market.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“Canada’s continued participation in the European Space Agency’s programmes will contribute to the growth of Canada’s space industry, including the creation of highly skilled jobs, and provide access to international space missions and global markets.”
Sylvain Laporte, President, Canadian Space Agency
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