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

Canada land cover map. Government of Canada.

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 Act." As part of its recommendations the report states Canada should implement a new General Outer Space Act.

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About Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher
Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive Inc. Boucher has 20 years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 28 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.

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    Honestly, the Act as it is currently constituted works for Canada. The no-fee application encourages new startups and innovation. Regulatory certainty is good for innovation and market growth – a new Act would just turn into a legislative tug-a-war between various interests and could harm new market players in Canada. If it ain’t broke; don’t fix it.