Policy

Senate Report Declares Space Assets Critical to Canada’s National Infrastructure

Canada Senate Report Defense Policy Review 2017.

A new Senate report by the Standing Committee National Security and Defence, Military underfunded: The walk must match the talk, commissioned in 2016 as part of the Defence Policy Review concludes that Canada’s space assets need to be declared critical to the nations’ infrastructure and protected. The conclusion comes as no surprise to those who work in the space community. It’s now up to Liberal government to …

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Exclusive: A Review of Canada’s Remote Sensing Law Recommends Creating a New General Outer Space Act

Canada land cover map

The Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University has completed a mandated independent review of the Remote Sensing Space Systems Act and in its findings they conclude that while the “Act was appropriate and useful at the time of its enactment in 2005, the players, activities, technology and internationalization of remote sensing activities have since changed significantly and outgrown the confines of the …

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Meet Canada’s New Space Advisory Board

Canada in Space

The Liberal government this evening announced the ten people selected to serve on Canada’s latest edition of a Space Advisory Board. The new Board has already met once, last Thursday, and is getting ready to start a cross-Canada consultation process which start this Friday in Ottawa.

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Free Trade Deal With Europe a Serious Cause for Concern for Canadian Space Industry

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) during the European Union-Canada Leaders’ Summit in Brussels, Belgium..

Free trade agreements are by their very nature a means of increasing trade between two or more countries. In the case of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the deal Prime Minister Trudeau signed in Brussels on October 30th could have a significant negative effect on Canada’s domestic space industry. Industry sources SpaceRef Canada spoke to are very concerned, with one saying …

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The Commercial Ecosystem from the 2016 Space Policy Symposium

On Tuesday, November 8th some 90 people gathered at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa for the 1st Canadian Space Policy Summit organized by the Canadian Space Commerce Association. Representatives from industry, academia, not-for-profits and government discussed a variety of policy issues with a planned outcome of putting together a recommendations report to be disseminated, and in particular, provided to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada …

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