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Section 3: Supplementary Information

3.1 Departmental Links to the Government of Canada Outcome Areas

($ in millions) Operating Capital Grants Contributions and Other Transfer Payments Total Main Estimates Adjustments (Planned Spending not in Main Estimates) Total Planned Spending
Strategic Outcome: Canada's presence in space meets the needs of Canadians for scientific knowledge, space technology and information.
Earth Observation (EO) 51.1 83.8 0.5 9.9 145.2 4.4 149.6
Space Science and Exploration (SE) 93.4 28.6 1.3 6.5 129.8 - 129.8
Satellite Communications (SC) 8.1 3.4 0.0 18.5 30.0 - 30.0
Generic Technological Activities in support of EO, SE and SC (GSA) 43.5 2.3 0.4 8.1 54.3 - 54.3
Awareness and Learning (AL) 7.4 0.1 1.1 0.3 8.9 - 8.9
Total 203.7 118.1 3.2 43.2 368.2 4.4 372.6

  • The Program Activity Space Based Earth Observation (EO) contributes to the Government of Canada's "A Clean and Healthy Environment" outcome.
  • The Program Activity Space Science and Exploration (SE) contributes to the Government of Canada's "A Strong and Mutually Beneficial North American Partnership" outcome.
  • The Program Activity Satellite Communications (SC) contributes to the Government of Canada's "Safe and Secure Communities" outcome.
  • The Program Activity Generic Technological Activities in support of EO, SE and SC (GSA) contributes to Government of Canada's "An Innovative and Knowledge-Based Economy" outcome.
  • Space Awareness and Learning (AL) contributes to the Government of Canada's "A Vibrant Canadian Culture and Heritage" outcome.

Canadian Space Agency Contributions to Government of Canada Outcomes

Government of Canada Outcomes
Economy Social International
  1. An Innovative and Knowledge-Based Economy

  2. A Clean and Healthy Environment

  3. Strong Economic Growth

  4. Income Security and Employment for Canadians

  1. Safe and Secure Communities

  2. A Vibrant Canadian Culture and Heritage

  3. Healthy Canadians

  1. A Strong and Mutually Beneficial North American Partnership

  2. A Safe and Secure World Through International Co-operation

  3. A Prosperous Canada Through Global Commerce

CSA Strategic Outcome

The Canadian Space Agency contributes to the ten Government of Canada Outcomes listed above out of the thirteen measured in the annual Canada's Performance Report to Parliament. However, in order to create an even match between the CSA's Program Activities and Government of Canada Outcomes, only the five outcomes highlighted are recorded in the Canada's Performance Report. In doing so, the CSA's spending contributes to three key policy areas: Economic Affairs, Social Affairs and International Affairs.

CSA Contributions to Canada Economic Outcomes

The CSA strategic outcome contributes to the development of Canada's economy as measured against the following outcomes outlined in Canada's Performance report:

  • an innovative and knowledge-based economy;
  • a clean and healthy environment;
  • strong economic growth; and,
  • an income security and employment for Canadians.

The space industry contributes to Canada's economic well-being and helps achieve a higher standard of living and quality of life for all Canadians.

Through its R&D investments and the resulting transfers of applications to the private and public sectors, the CSA's programs and activities attract highly skilled labour that contributes to Canada's knowledge-based economy; helps enhance the Canadian space industry's competitiveness by encouraging dynamic trade relationships with other nations; and increases Canada's ability to compete in the global marketplace.

Earth Observation missions drive many of the changes that are improving our quality of life by helping our government deliver on priorities such as protection of the environment, sustainable development, management of natural resources, understanding climate change, monitoring air quality, and providing support for disaster management.

Satellite communications missions are a key element in linking all Canadians in a communication network including remote and northern communities.

CSA Contributions to Canada Social Outcomes

The CSA strategic outcome contributes to Canada's social foundations as measured against the following outcomes outlined in Canada's Performance report:

  • safe and secure communities;
  • a vibrant Canadian culture and heritage; and,
  • healthy Canadians.

Earth Observation, communication and navigation satellites drive many of the changes that improve the quality of life of Canadians by helping our government on managing issues relating to the environment as well as to the safety and security of our population. It contributes to the monitoring of parameters relating to the maintenance of a healthy environment over Canadian territory, and supports disaster management in situations such as floods, forest fires and earthquakes. These satellites also provide essential communication tools to support law and order, enforcement interventions and enhance search and rescue capabilities.

In today's context of environmental change and resource depletion, fundamental and applied research in physical and life sciences and in space exploration is predicted to bring about socio-economic benefits in ways that will greatly improve how we live, prosper, and evolve on our planet. For instance, the development of a surface mobility capability on the Moon will require the use of solar-powered electrical propulsion vehicles, which, in turn, could well lead the way toward spin-off commercialisation of green technologies for the transport vehicles of the future.

Space infrastructure allows access and dissemination of timely health, cultural, security and safety related information to all Canadians no matter where they live in Canada. Satellite communication is essential to provide Canadians living in remote areas with timely access to expert knowledge and expertise related to health and education through a range of non-commercial services including: e-government, e-learning, tele-justice, tele-education, as well as tele-medicine in areas such as tele-psychiatry, tele-radiology, tele-surgery, and tele-consultations.

CSA Contributions to Canada International Outcomes

The CSA strategic outcome contributes to establishing Canada's international presence as measured against the following outcomes outlined in Canada's Performance report:

  • a strong and mutually beneficial North American partnership;
  • a safe and secure world through international co-operation; and,
  • a prosperous Canada through global commerce.

Space is an essential and strategic tool for Canada to meet its social, economic and foreign policy objectives. Through the development of its space infrastructure, not only is Canada meeting its specific national needs, it is also paving the road for Canada to play a tangible and visible role in responding to issues of interest to the international community.

With its space exploration, science and technology endeavours, which often involve international partners, the CSA plays an influential role in building strong and mutually beneficial partnerships with an increasing number of spacefaring countries. In striving to become one of the most advanced, connected and innovative nations in the world, Canada offers and shares tremendous opportunities for the prosperity of global commerce and the safety of the global community through the peaceful use of space.

3.2 Financial Tables

The annexes are linked to the Report on Plans and Priorities 2008-2009 posted on the Treasury Board Secretariate site at:

Annexe 1: Details on Transfer Payments Program (TPPs)

Annexe 2: Internal Audits or Evaluations

Annexe 3: Services Received without Charge

Annexe 4: Sources of Respendable and Non-Respendable Revenue

Annexe 5: Status Report on Major Crown Projects (MCPs)

Annexe 6: Summary of Capital Spending by Program Activity

Annexe 7: User Fees

3.3 Report en Plans and Priorities 2008-2009 – Lexicon

The Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) is an instrument for the Mars Science Laboratory to be launched by NASA in 2009. The Canadian contribution will help scientists to determine the chemical composition of various soil, dust and rock samples on the planet.

The Anik F2, Telesat Canada's innovative, high-speed Ka-band, is one of the largest, most powerful communications satellites ever built. It is designed to support and enhance North American voice, data, and broadcast services. Through its support of Anik F2, the Government of Canada has secured a Government Capacity Credit access worth $50 million over 11 years to support the connectivity for remote and underserved northern rural communities.

CASSIOPE is a small hybrid satellite scheduled for launch in 2008. The satellite will include the telecommunication instrument Cascade, which will provide the very first digital broadband courier service for commercial use, and the scientific payload e-POP (enhanced polar outflow probe), which will be used to study the ionosphere.

The eOSTEO (Osteoporosis Experiments in Orbit) is a study on bone loss in space made of the three Canadian experiments to study how bone cells in microgravity react to signals that increase and decrease bone formation; whether microgravity compromises bone cell architecture; and whether a hormone that promotes bone creation can, in weightless conditions, prevent the death of cells that build bone.

The Herschel Space Observatory, scheduled for launch in 2008, will help scientists determine how early galaxies formed and evolved. The observatory has three instruments and Canada is contributing to two of them: the Heterodyne Instrument for the Far Infrared (HIFI) and the Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE). Planck is a European Space Agency medium-sized mission that will be launched with the Herschel Space Observatory. It is a survey instrument that will map the entire sky. Canada is involved mainly in the development of Quick Look Analysis software and Real Time Analysis software for scientific checkout of the data at early stages.

The International Space Station (ISS) is the most ambitious engineering project ever undertaken by humanity. Canada is contributing the Mobile Servicing System (MSS), a space robotics system astronauts use to assemble, maintain the ISS. The MSS consists of three main elements: the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS), known as Canadarm2, the Mobile Base System (MBS), and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), known as Dextre.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a joint mission of NASA, ESA, and the CSA. This major facility-class space observatory will be launched in 2013 and is a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. JWST will be used to observe targets that range from objects within our Solar System to the most remote galaxies, which are seen during their formation in the early universe.

The NEOSSat is a joint CSA-DND mission. It is a combination of the Near Earth Space Surveillance (NESS) and the High Earth Orbit Surveillance (HEOS) projects. It will be used to observe the inner portion of the solar system to discover, track and study asteroids and comets, and will also be used to track satellites in high-Earth orbit to update the orbit parameters of known satellites flying over the Canadian territory. NEOSSat is scheduled to launch in 2009.

The Polar Communications and Weather (PCW) mission is to put a constellation of satellites in highly elliptical orbit over the North Pole to provide communication services and monitor weather in the Arctic region. The CSA will complete the assessment of the requirements of the Canadian government users for a polar satellite system as part of a joint study with DND and Environment Canada.

The Phoenix Mars Lander will be the first mission to explore a polar region of Mars at ground level. Phoenix will land near Mars's northern polar cap on May 25, 2008 and will then spend 90 days probing Mars's soil and atmosphere to determine if the environment could be hospitable to life. Canada's contribution to Phoenix is a meteorological station that will record the daily weather using temperature, wind and pressure sensors, as well as a light detection and ranging instrument.

RADARSAT-1 is a sophisticated Earth observation satellite developed by Canada. Launched in November 1995, it is equipped with a powerful synthetic aperture radar (SAR) instrument that acquires images of the Earth day or night, in all weather and through cloud cover, smokes and hazes.

RADARSAT-2 was launched on 14 December 2007. It incorporates new capabilities that ensure Canada's continued leadership in the global marketplace for radar image data by leveraging the knowledge and experience gained through the long and successful RADARSAT-1 mission while taking advantage of new technologies.

SWIFT is the main instrument on the CSA's Chinook satellite scheduled for launch in late 2010. It will provide the first three-dimensional maps of winds around the globe, 20 to 55 km above the surface in the stratosphere.