State of the Canadian Space Sector

President's message

Sylvain Laporte, President of the Canadian Space Agency

Sylvain Laporte,
President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

As the President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), I am honoured to present the State of the Canadian Space Sector Report: Facts and Figures . The report, which we have been publishing since , is the primary reference on the Canadian space sector. It contributes to our understanding of the sector by providing comprehensive and authoritative data, as well as long-term trend analysis on the economic activity generated in the Canadian space sector.

The State of the Canadian Space Sector Report: Facts and Figures is based on information gathered from over 174 organizations involved in space activities from across Canada, including small businesses, multinational space companies, not-for-profit organizations, research centres and universities.

In , the space sector produced revenues of $5.7B and contributed $2.5B to Canada's gross domestic product (GDP). Research and development (R&D) expenditures reached a total of $356M, while commercialization revenues from government-funded projects totalled $283M. Space sector organizations reported a total of 170 inventions and 53 registered patents.

The Canadian space workforce remained at nearly 10,000 jobs, while activities in the space sector supported close to 11,000 additional jobs in the wider Canadian economy. This year, the CSA made changes to its definition of highly qualified personnel and added a new indicator to measure the STEM workforce (which includes employees with occupations related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics), in order to be more aligned with Statistics Canada's and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) definitions.

I trust you will find this publication useful. I would like to convey my gratitude to all those who contributed to the survey. This publication would not be possible without the generous collaboration of members of the Canadian space industry and academia.

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