From: Don't Let Go Canada
Posted: Monday, September 17, 2018
Canadians are proud of Canada’s accomplishments in space and more than eight in ten want the federal government to support the development of Canada’s space sector, according to a national survey of public opinion.
“Many Canadians don’t realize how much of a leader Canada is in space today, and how big a role space plays in making their daily lives better,” said Mike Greenley, Group President of MDA, and one of the coalition partners. “When they hear more about the down-to-earth, everyday benefits of space-based scientific discoveries that touch their lives 20-30 times a day, such as medical advancements, early warning of natural disasters, and helping to monitor and protect our natural resources from climate change, they are intrigued. When they hear about some of the possibilities of the new space economy, they get excited.”
“We heard that most Canadians would be concerned if investment in space were to decline, as they do not wish to fall behind other countries or miss out on important technological advances and economic benefits of space, and that they see increased investment in space as forward-looking and a key to securing Canada’s economic future and competitiveness,” said Aerospace Industries Association of Canada President & CEO Jim Quick.
Quick added that other countries are positioning themselves to take advantage of the emerging space economy, and that Canada risks being left behind without a funded space strategy and a deliberate decision to be a leading spacefaring nation once again.
Canada’s current leadership role in space and potential involvement in the growing space economy depends on a commitment from the Government of Canada for a new funded space strategy. AIAC, MDA, and twenty other space businesses and organizations have launched a campaign to inform Canadians about what’s at stake.
#DontLetGoCanada will raise awareness of Canada’s accomplishments in space; the major benefits to Canada and Canadians that stem from investments in space; the important contributions of the space industry to Canada’s economy and innovation ecosystem; and the exciting opportunities of the new space economy. The current space-related global market opportunity is estimated to be $500 billion Canadian, which analysts forecast will grow to be a multi-trillion-dollar market in coming decades.
The public opinion research findings, key highlights below, will be presented by Ipsos at an iPolitics event later today.
So far, the coalition includes the following organizations: ABB Inc.; Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC); Canadensys; Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI); the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA); the Canadian Space Society (CSS); Deltion Innovations Ltd.; Honeywell; IMP Aerospace; Magellan Aerospace; MDA, a Maxar Company; Menya Solutions; Mission Control Space Services; Montreal Student Space Associations; Neptec; NGC Aerospace; the Planetary Society; Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC); SATCAN; SED Systems; Space Strategies Consulting Ltd; and Xiphos Systems Corporation.
Key findings from the survey:
Enthusiasm about space is stronger than in the past.
The Canadarm and Canada’s astronauts are top-of-mind, and sources of pride.
Canadians support investment in the space sector and many reject the notion that Canada is too small a country to be active in space.
Primacy of spending in space is not a given. However, awareness of the benefits of investment in space drives greater support for spending in space.
Few are aware Canada’s space budgets are decreasing.
Many believe Canada is falling behind other countries in space, and this is concerning.
These findings are based on a telephone survey conducted among a random and representative sample of n=1,602 Canadians aged 18+. The survey was conducted between June 7th and 21st, 2018 (fieldwork in Ontario started on the 8th) and was offered in both English and French.
A sample of this size yields a margin of error of +/-2.45%, 19 times out of 20. The margin of error will be larger for data that is based on sub-groups of the total sample.
The survey was followed by a series of 8 focus groups conducted with a cross-section of Canadians in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. Sessions were conducted between June 27th –July 5th, 2018.
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