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Canadians are proud of Canada’s contributions to space exploration, want to see more

Recent survey shows Canadarm and Canada's astronauts are top-of-mind and sources of pride

Canadians are proud of Canada’s accomplishments in space and more than 7 in 10 want the federal government to support the development of Canada’s space sector, according to a new survey.

“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,” says Mike Greenley, Group President of MDA, and one of the coalition partners.

“When they hear about 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 intriguedm,” says Greenley. “When they hear about some of the possibilities of the new space economy, they get excited.”

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 the #DontLetGoCanada campaign to inform Canadians about what’s at stake.

#DontLetGoCanada focuses on Canada’s accomplishments in space, the benefits that stem from space-based research and development, and the exciting opportunities of the new space economy.

The current space-related global market opportunity is estimated to be $500B CDN, which analysts forecast will grow to be a multi-trillion-dollar market in coming decades.

Key findings from the survey:

  • Four in five Canadians are proud of Canada’s activities in space (79%) and think that Canadian success in advanced space technologies contributes to our knowledge economy, innovation, and economic competitiveness (78%).
  • The Canadarm and Canada’s astronauts are top-of-mind, and sources of pride.Canadarm continues to be the main image that comes to mind when Canadians think about Canada’s space program or involvement in space.
  • A majority think that increasing investments in space including satellite communications (81%), space science (73%), space robotics (71%), and international space missions (67%), would be a good decision.

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