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What we heard – Consultations on CSA coverage under the Government Procurement Chapters of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Canada-UK Continuity Agreement

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From to , the Government of Canada conducted consultations with the Canadian space sector as part of the evaluation of the temporary commitment to include Canadian Space Agency (CSA) procurement related to Satellite Communications (SATCOM), Earth Observation (EO) and Global Navigation Systems (GNSS) as part of Government Procurement obligations under the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Canada-UK Trade Continuity Agreement (Canada-UK TCA).

The status of CSA coverage under CETA and the Canada-UK TCA.


Consultations took place through various means, including bilateral meetings, confidential written submissions, group discussions, and industry association meetings. Over the course of the consultations, over 550 organizations in the CSA's Canadian space sector database were invited to provide their views on the issue. From  to , almost 70 organizations provided input on their experience. Input was received from major space companies, SMEs, universities, and research organizations.

In addition, through the annual Space Sector Survey, the CSA collected statistics on Canadian organizations' experience in accessing European contracts covered by CETA and the Canada-UK TCA (post-Brexit). Specifically, the survey asked respondents to report on the number of bids on EU, EU member state, and UK contracts that were covered by the trade agreements, and of the successful bids, the contract title, value and sector of activity. To date, no Canadian organization reported receiving a European contract covered by the trade agreements.


This report reflects the essence of the perspectives raised during consultations. It is not intended to imply consensus on the part of participants. The views expressed are those of participants and should not be construed as representative of the positions or views of the Government of Canada.

What we heard

The following summarizes key themes based on "what we heard" from organizations.

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