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Our government is committed to positioning Canada to exit the current downturn quickly and emerge stronger and more competitive in the global economy. In doing so, Industry Canada and its Portfolio partners will continue to play their key roles in increasing the country's capacity to create jobs and economic growth — for next year and the next decade.
While the recession originated beyond our borders, it had real consequences for Canadians and Canadian business. And despite improving conditions, there is work to be done. In 2010, a major focus will be completing the stimulus measures of Canada's Economic Action Plan (www.actionplan.gc.ca). Introduced in Budget 2009, the Plan's full effect will be felt in 2010-2011, and its measures will help solidify the recovery.
Over this period, Industry Canada and its Portfolio partners will work with industries and sectors hit hardest by the recession. Initiatives will include activities to boost community economic development and to extend broadband infrastructure to underserved or unserved areas across the country. To build on the momentum gained through our past investments in science and technology, significant effort will be directed to shaping the knowledge-based economy.
Industry Canada will also focus on supporting business and industry to capitalize on emerging opportunities at home and abroad. Getting our economic frameworks right, through forward-looking policies, is central to ensuring Canada's place in the global marketplace. We remain committed to two-way trade and investment, which raises our capacity to create jobs and economic growth and provides for sustainable prosperity.
In 2010-2011, the Canadian Space Agency will be committed to developing leading-edge technologies, such as the next-generation Canadarm, to reinforce our country's expertise and leadership in space robotics and to position Canada to play a key role in future international space exploration missions.
I will work with my colleagues, the private sector and other governments to advance the recovery and build the foundation for a strong, competitive economy.
It is my pleasure to present this year's Report on Plans and Priorities for the Canada Space Agency.
The original version was signed by
Minister of Industry
The Canadian Space Agency is committed to using space to help Government meet the needs of Canadians. For half a century now, the use of space by Canada has evolved from being a tool for scientific research to being a vital infrastructure of the country. Today space technology is critical to observing and monitoring our nation's vast territory, and ensuring communication between communities across Canada.
Innovations being made in space science and technology are helping to position Canada as a leader in the global knowledge economy. Measures taken in Canada's Economic Action Plan are allowing the Agency to develop next-generation technology that will preserve Canada's expertise and leadership in space robotics and ensure Canada's place in future international space exploration partnerships.
In the ongoing pursuit of our mandate, we present this year's Report on Plans and Priorities for the Canadian Space Agency. This document outlines the Agency's main initiatives, priorities and expected outcomes for the upcoming years.
The mandate of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is "to promote the peaceful use and development of space, to advance the knowledge of space through science and to ensure that space science and technology provide social and economic benefits for Canadians".
The CSA is achieving this mandate in cooperation with other government departments/agencies, industries, and universities, as well as international partners. In addition to delivering its own programs, the CSA is responsible for coordinating all federal civil space-related policies and programs pertaining to science and technology research, industrial development, and international cooperation.
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The Canadian Space Strategy (CSS) approved by the Government of Canada in February 2005 guides the Canadian Space Agency in the management of its programs. The Strategy is instrumental in focusing decision-making at the CSA and aligning all space related program activities through its strategic outcome and long-term priorities.
To learn more about the Canadian Space Strategy, go to:
The release in 2007 of the Government's Science and Technology Strategy – Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage – provides the CSA with a solid framework with which to prioritise CSA programs and initiatives to "make Canada a world leader in science and technology and a key source of entrepreneurial innovation and creativity".
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CSA Organizational Structure
A new organizational structure will become effective on April 1, 2010. Reporting to the Minister of Industry, the Canadian Space Agency's Executive Officer is the President, assisted by the following executives: Vice-President, four Directors General (Space Utilization, Space Exploration, Space Science and Technology, Corporate Services) as well as the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Human Resources Officer, and, the Director, Communications and Public Affairs.
CSA Strategic Outcome: Canada's presence in space meets the needs of Canadians for scientific knowledge, space technology, and information.
Description of Program Activities1
Space Based Earth Observation (EO): To develop and operationalize the use of Space Based Earth Observation for the benefit of Canadians, especially in the fields of environment, resource and land use management, as well as security and foreign policy. In doing so, the CSA maintains and expands Canada's leadership in EO technologies to obtain the timely, relevant and essential information we need to make judicious decisions about our collective future.
Space Science and Exploration (SE): To better understand the Solar System and the Universe; expand our knowledge on the constituent elements and origins of life; and strengthen a human presence in space. In doing so, the CSA sustains and increases Canada's contribution to humankind's scientific knowledge, to the exploration of our solar system and the Universe and to the development of related technologies.
Satellite Communications (SC): To provide all Canadians with the means to participate and fully benefit from the global information age. In doing so, the CSA upholds Canada's status as a world leader in Satellite Communications and extends the most advanced products and services to all Canadians.
Generic Technological Activities (GTA): To provide leadership, coordination or support to Earth Observation, Space Science and Exploration, and Satellite Communications through activities that are generic in their nature since they contribute to all three program activities.
Awareness and Learning (AL): To further public understanding and engagement with regards to space related issues, ultimately improving the scientific literacy of Canadians by carrying out a national awareness and learning initiative in support of the CSA programs.
Internal Services: To implement the government's commitment to modern public service management in accordance with the Management Accountability Framework's (MAFs) expectations.
|Canadian Space Agency
Canada's presence in space meets the needs of Canadians for scientific knowledge, space technology and information.
1. Canada's rank in terms of support for peaceful space-related R&D; the measurement will provide the list of
CSA missions, looking 10 years into the future and identifying the following for each mission:
2. State of the scientific, industrial and public sector communities involved in the space sector:
3. Access and utilization by the Canadian government and industry of space data generated by Canadian space missions:
Financial ($ in millions)
|PROGRAM ACTIVITY ALIGNMENT TO GOVERNMENT OF CANADA OUTCOMES|
|Program Activity||Forecast Spending 2009-2010||Planned Spending||Government of Canada Outcomes|
|Space Based Earth Observation (EO)||84.2||88.7||108.4||106.2||A Clean and Healthy Environment|
|Space Science and Exploration (SE)||145.7||185.4||156.1||95.9||A Strong and Mutually Beneficial North American Partnership|
|Satellite Communications (SC)||17.7||19.7||14.4||11.7||A Safe and Secure Canada|
|Generic Technological Activities in support of EO, SE, and SC||54.3||46.2||48.4||48.9||An Innovative and Knowledge-Based Economy|
|Space Awareness and Learning (AL)||9.3||8.1||8.2||8.0||A Vibrant Canadian Culture and Heritage|
|Internal Services||46.2||42.8||42.9||42.1||Not Applicable|
An increasing number of countries are now involved in the peaceful development and use of space. A large number of satellites are expected to be launched in the next ten years. Two-thirds of these satellite projects will serve government programs in Earth Observation and Space Science and Exploration while most of the commercial investments will remain related to Satellite Communications. The Canadian government investments in these three fields are guided by the Canadian Space Strategy in order to meet the needs of Canadians for scientific knowledge, space technology and information.
Canada is at a crossroads where major projects have been delivered and are now operational, while opportunities to collaborate with international partners in major space missions are growing. Major projects that are now fully operational are: RADARSAT-2 Earth observation satellite; Dextre, the two-armed dexterous robot on the International Space Station (ISS); and, the successful flight demonstration of the Ka-band broadband capabilities aboard the Anik F2 communication satellite. These and other remarkable accomplishments, combined with sustained contribution by Canadian astronauts to international space exploration missions, have continued to brand Canada as a science and technology focused reliable trading partner.
In 2008-2009, the CSA undertook a Strategic Review to evaluate its programs and ensure that they continue to meet the needs and priorities of Canadians, are aligned with the Government's Science and Technology Strategy, and are effective and efficient. The evaluation revealed a number of areas where the CSA could make some adjustments:
Strengthening planning, project management and risk mitigation of complex space projects and missions;
Renewing the Grants, Contributions and Sponsorship Program and strengthening collaborations with other Granting Councils to leverage CSA investments and expand the partnership between government, academia and space industry;
Strengthening the use of RADARSAT-2 Earth Observation imaging by Government departments and agencies; and,
Extending the existing agreement and outstanding collaboration of the CSA and Canada's science and space industry communities with the European Space Agency.
At the same time, the CSA carried out a series of consultations with its stakeholders and partners in order to move forward with renewed impetus to sustain and enhance Canada's space advantage, and contribute to a strong Science and Technology culture.
As a result, a Long Term Space Plan (LTSP) that charts a course for the next ten years has been drafted for presentation to Government for consideration. The Plan highlights the fact that responsibility for the use of space-based assets is diffused in Canada. The overall coordination must rest with the Canadian Space Agency which under the Canadian Space Act has the mandate to assist the Minister of Industry in the coordination of space policies and programs of the Government of Canada. The LTSP presents a vision and a direction that address the critical challenges that Canada faces related to the use of space data and information by the Government of Canada to serve its strategic and public policy interests; the sustainability and capacity of its space industry and academia; and, the strengthening of its international partnerships through meaningful and leading-edge contributions.
The CSA will amend its current Program Activity Architecture (PAA) to reflect the new course of actions being presented in the LTSP and will finalize its organizational structure in order to more fully support the new Plan.Canada's Economic Action Plan
The vision presented in the LTSP combined with additional investments over a three-year period announced in the 2009 Budget under Canada's Economic Action Plan reinforces the Government's commitment towards world-class scientific research and leading-edge innovative technologies by helping sustain and grow Canada's expertise and leadership in space robotics. This support will contribute to Canada's readiness and credibility as a partner for future space robotics projects and also general space exploration. The commitment from the Government will ensure the strategic and effective use of space by Canada in the future. In the long run, Canada's achievements in space will inspire young Canadians to turn to science and choose advanced studies that will allow them to become members of the next space generation.
To learn more about the impact of Canada's Economic Action Plan on CSA Science and Explorations programs, go to: Section 2 : Program Activity - Space Science and Exploration
Space Based Earth Observation (EO)
($ in millions)
|Ongoing Priority: Develop and operationalize the use of space based Earth observation for the benefit of Canadians.||88.7||108.4||106.2|
Earth Observation missions are helping the government deliver on priorities such as protection of the environment, sustainable development, management of natural resources, understanding climate change, monitoring atmospheric constituents and air quality, providing support for disaster management and ensuring the safety and security of Canadians. Canada has been at the forefront of Earth observation data development, management, and exploitation since the 1970s. It is a world leader in satellite operations, synthetic aperture radar data collection, and services (RADARSAT-1 and 2). Moreover, Canada has extended the operation of the SCISAT-1 mission, providing valuable data to the international scientific community. The initiatives described below provide an overview of the planning over the next three years.Ongoing Initiatives
In the coming years, the CSA will continue its focus on RADARSAT-1 and 2, and SCISAT operations, data management and exploitation. As well, the CSA will focus on the design of national and international next-generation radar satellites, the RADARSAT Constellation and ESA-Sentinel.
The Polar Communications and Weather (PCW) satellite mission will progress. One of its components will provide unique high temporal and spatial resolution data for meteorological, environment, and climate monitoring over the northern circumpolar area.Emerging Initiatives
An interdepartmental working group is reviewing the Government of Canada space data policy. Clear, supportive and open data policies are needed to facilitate the sharing, integration and dissemination of large volume space data from multiple domestic and foreign sources. The policy also aims at facilitating access to foreign space data for Government departments, academia and industry. The interdepartmental working group, called ‘Federated Ground Infrastructure for Satellite Missions' (FGISM), will continue its work to direct Canada's capability to meet future infrastructure requirements.
The CSA is evaluating numerous climate and weather-related concept studies such as: CASS, a CSA-NASA partnership concept that addresses stratospheric ozone and aerosol issues; MEOS, focusing on the measurement of greenhouse gases; SMAP, to measure soil moisture; and, SnowSat to measure precipitation. The CSA is also evaluating international research and engineering projects such as the JC2Sat nano-satellites with Japan and a Canada-Spain-U.S. collaboration on a new Infra Red Sensor Technology.
To learn more about Earth Observation, go to:
Space Science and Exploration (SE)
($ in millions)
|Ongoing Priority: Understand the solar system and the Universe, expand our knowledge on the constituent elements and origins of life, and strengthen human presence in space.||185.4||156.1||95.9|
The CSA helps the scientific community answer fundamental applied science questions and support dynamic space science research activities in the areas of Space Astronomy, Planetary Exploration, Solar-Terrestrial Relations, and Physical and Life Sciences. The CSA selects, develops, and integrates initiatives that offer the most potential for socio-economic benefits. The best ideas, arising from scientific imperatives, are integrated with the technological capacity located within the Canadian industry. The initiatives described below provide an overview of the planning over the next three years.Ongoing Initiatives
The CSA will continue its international collaboration in important astronomy and planetary exploration missions such as the development of key components of the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA Mars Science Laboratory Mission, and ESA Exomars. The CSA maintains Canada's commitment to the International Space Station (ISS) partnership through the provision of operational, training, logistics support and engineering services for the Mobile Servicing System. The ISS will continue to be used to gain operational experience and to support the development of robotic systems for future space exploration missions. Canadian scientists will take advantage of Canada's allocation on ISS to carry out basic and applied microgravity research on fluid physics, human physiology, and materials processing.
The CSA will continue the development of two innovative Canadian small satellite science missions: the enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (ePOP) suite of instruments onboard the CASSIOPE satellite, and NEOSSat, a joint project with Department of National Defence, for the detection of near earth asteroids and objects. The CSA will support the preparation for use of data from the ESA's Swarm mission and will invest in ground and space-based observations to generate information about the Earth space environment in order to better understand the effects of solar storms on critical space infrastructure.Emerging Initiatives
Canada will participate to the global strategy for the exploration of the solar system, the two main objectives being the human and robotic exploration of the Moon and a robotic mission to bring critical samples from the surface of Mars. Canada's contribution to the development of mobility platforms (i.e. rovers) and on-orbit servicing are the main focuses of the CSA Stimulus Initiative funded through Canada's Economic Action Plan. These investments will ensure Canada's continuing leadership in robotic contributions to future international space exploration missions and leverage the participation of Canadian astronauts as crew members for future space exploration missions.
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Satellite Communications (SC)
($ in millions)
|Ongoing Priority: Provide all Canadians with the means to participate in and fully benefit from the global information age.||19.7||14.4||11.7|
Satellite technologies changed dramatically the world of communications in the 80's. By offering instantaneous global access and global broadcasting, these technologies have begun to erase the notion of distance, bringing remote regions into a global village and enabling new business models based on broadband services, enhanced personal communications, global navigation, and positioning and localization services. The initiatives described below provide an overview of the planning over the next three years.Ongoing Initiatives
With the launch of Anik F2 in 2004, Canada's rural and remote areas are closer than ever to benefiting from services using broadband (Ka-band) capabilities. One of CSA's main focuses is to optimise the use of the government's Ka-band Capacity Credit by northern communities.
Another priority consists of finalizing the development of Cascade, an experimental high-speed, high-capacity space messaging payload onboard the CASSIOPE satellite, of especial interest to resource exploration firms, industry, and remote research communities.
The Polar Communications and Weather (PCW) satellite mission will progress. Its communications component will provide broadband services all over the northern Canadian area located in the Arctic supporting Canada's sovereignty, security, and economic development. The CSA will continue the development of M3MSat, a joint project with the Department of National Defence, for the Automatic Identification of Ships (AIS).
Canada remains a key partner for ESA's Satellite Communications programs such as Galileo and ARTES.Emerging Initiatives
The CSA will further investigate how to increase Canada's communications capabilities. Improved satellite communications and additional receiving stations in the Canadian Arctic would enhance Canada's security and sovereignty and better serve the communities. A number of concepts will be studied to support the priorities recently identified by the Government of Canada. Also planned are the next generation communications payloads, such as the Ka/X/Q/V-band, a broadband satellite system, and the use of microsatellites to enhance Canada's sovereignty through maritime surveillance.
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Generic Technological Activities (GTA) in support of EO, SE and SC
($ in millions)
|Ongoing Priority: Provide leadership, coordination or support to EO, SE, and SC Program Activities through activities that are generic.||46.2||48.4||48.9|
Generic Technological Activities support all three science and technology program activities by developing high-risk technologies. Efforts are deployed in concert with industry, academia, and not-for-profit organizations. These activities are supported by world-class, cost-effective environmental space qualification testing and services. In consultation with industry and other stakeholders, technology priorities road maps help guide CSA's technology programs. The initiatives described below provide an overview of the planning over the next three years.Ongoing Initiatives
The CSA encourages industry and the research organizations to propose innovative technologies, which lower risk on the critical technologies required for future missions, and contribute to the enhancement of Canadian capabilities. The CSA uses procurement mechanisms and a new CSA Class Grant and Contribution Program to support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology.
The CSA supports the transfer and commercialization of space technologies and their applications to other sectors of the economy by managing a portfolio of patents and intellectual property licenses, as well as by conducting commercialization assessments.
The CSA ensures the development and maintenance of scientific and technical expertise required to initiate projects and provide support on a matrixed basis to Earth Observation, Space Science and Exploration and Satellite Communications missions.
The David Florida Laboratory continues to support the development of space missions by offering space-qualification services for the assembly, integration, and testing of spacecraft systems for CSA's programs as well as for national and international clients.Emerging Initiatives
Requests for proposals to be issued by the Space Technology Development Program will be guided by a thorough analysis of future Canadian space missions and technological needs carried out by internal and external experts. The identified future missions/innovative technologies will be identified in long-term roadmaps for space technology development in the following niche areas: Communications Technologies, Sensor Technologies, Robotics, System Engineering Technologies, Platform Technologies and Ground Segment.
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Space Awareness and Learning (AL)
($ in millions)
|Ongoing Priority: Further public understanding and engagement with regards to space-related issues, ultimately leading to improving the scientific literacy of Canadians.||8.1||8.2||8.0|
Through its Science and Technology Strategy, the Government of Canada encourages Canadians to pursue careers in science and technology. The CSA is working with a growing number of partners to enhance public understanding and engagement, especially among youth and their families, through a range of learning and awareness initiatives. Science and technology literacy is a mean to influence young Canadians towards science and technology career choices. The initiatives described below provide an overview of the planning over the next three years.Ongoing Initiatives
Through a new CSA Class Grant and Contribution Program supporting Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology the CSA will enhance the expertise of Canadian scientists, engineers and physicians in space science, space technology and space medicine.
The CSA will continue the solid relationships forged with other government departments, science centres and museums, youth and science associations, the private sector, as well as the education community across Canada through learning activities such as:
Awareness activities foster the interest and engagement of Canadians in science and technology by sharing our discoveries and breakthroughs in meaningful ways that communicate their positive impact on the daily lives of Canadians. The major communications activities will focus on the following:
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($ in millions)
|Ongoing Priority: Implement the government's commitment to modern public service management in accordance with the MAFs expectations.||42.8||42.9||42.1|
Based on Management Accountability Framework assessments, Corporate Risk assessments and Internal Audit recommendations, the CSA's main priorities in 2010-2011 are:
The alignment of program priorities, funding levels, and operations by reviewing the Program Activity Architecture to reflect the new course of actions that will be presented in the Long Term Space Plan;
The strengthening of accountability by establishing a reviewed governance structure;
The improvement of management practices by implementing a risk-based approach to project management; and,
The development and approval of a five-year Evaluation Plan applicable to the CSA 2011-2012 Program Activity Architecture.
Strategic Context of the Canadian Space AgencyInternational Context
Space is recognized by industrialized nations as an essential and strategic tool to meet their social, economic, and foreign policy objectives. Accordingly, many governments around the world of traditional and emerging spacefaring nations are increasing their investments in space activities, looking for increased consolidation and the advancement of their space capabilities.
International cooperation is critical to the implementation of the Canadian Space Strategy. Canada is working in partnership with other spacefaring nations, particularly through its longstanding relations with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA). Through these partnerships, Canada can leverage its resources and maximize its return on investment while sharing technical expertise, knowledge, and infrastructure, and gaining access to areas where Canada has chosen not to invest due to limited resources. In addition, there are increasing concerns over issues such as space weather, space debris and climate change. These issues transcend national borders and favour increasing cooperation between nations with common goals. Canada's space infrastructure must not only meet national strategic needs, but must also play a tangible role in responding to issues of interest to the international community.
Canada is regarded as a reliable partner that possesses unique technical and scientific capabilities, and as a nation that can meaningfully contribute to the initiatives of foreign space agencies. In particular, emerging space-faring countries in Asia and South America may offer great potential for future cooperation. Thus, Canada continues to deploy its efforts to gain a foothold in these emerging markets. It is of paramount importance that the Canadian Space Agency continues to work with its stakeholders to ensure the competitiveness of our research and business communities in the world markets. Canada's space industry is perceived as internationally competitive. This was confirmed by the results of the 2008 Annual Survey of the Canadian Space Sector2. With yearly revenues of $2,793 billion, $1,405 billion derived from exports, representing 50% of the industry's total revenues. The main destinations of Canadian exports are:
The United States remains the largest market accounting for 52.1% (or, $733 million) of the $1,405 billion of total exports. Europe falling second, accounting for 28.4% (or, $399.5 million);
Export revenues from Oceania increased by 7.5% - from $47.6 to $51.2 million;
Export revenues from South America increased by 63.8% - from $31.8 to $52.1 million; and,
Export revenues from Africa increased by 71.4% - from $5.4 to $8.9 million.
The Canadian Space Agency recognizes that the best means of turning scientific and technological advancements into innovative products and services is through partnerships with Canadian universities and businesses. With its highly skilled workforce, our space industry not only generates wealth in our economy, but also provides competitive products and services. Given that the national market is relatively small, it is critical that the Canadian space industry be able to leverage foreign investments and generate export sales. Capitalizing on export revenue depends on the industry's ability to commercialize highly competitive products and services, and establish local partnerships.
In 2008, Satellite Communications continued to generate the largest share of Canada's space sector with revenues exceeding those of the previous' year by $314 million (17.1%), from $1,832 billion to $2,146 billion. A breakdown of the total $2,793 billion in revenues by sectors of activity reads as follows: 3
Satellite Communications: 76.8% ($2,146 billion);
Navigation: 9% ($254 million);
Earth Observation: 7.1% ($200 million);
Robotics: 4% ($110 million);
Space Science: 2% ($68 million); and,
Space-related activities in other areas: 0.5% ($16 million).
Regional Distribution of Government Space-Related Funding From 1988-1989 to 2008-2009
Source: CSA Organized Research Information System (ORIS), March 31, 2009.
While small in terms of the number of firms, the Canadian space sector is knowledge-intensive and is at the forefront of research and innovation. Building on the strengths of 6,742 skilled workers, including 2,189 highly qualified personnel, they have acquired world-leading capabilities in niche areas such as Earth observation, space robotics, communications and navigation satellites.
To learn more about Canadian space-related organizations, go to:
1- The Canadian Science and Technology Strategy
The objective of the Government Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy is to "make Canada a world leader in science and technology and a key source of entrepreneurial innovation and creativity". In order for Canada to achieve this objective, the S&T Strategy identifies the following three underlining conditions for success: a strong private-sector commitment to S&T, a strengthened knowledge base and, be a magnet for talent. In 2008-2009, the CSA undertook a Strategic Review to evaluate its programs and ensure that they were aligned with the Government's S&T Strategy. As indicated in the Budget 2009 announcement, the CSA will take action to continue to meet the needs and priorities of Canadians.
To learn more about the Canadian Science and Technology Strategy, go to:
2- The Canadian Space Strategy
Approved by the Government of Canada in February 2005, the Canadian Space Strategy was developed in full consultation with Government of Canada organizations and Canadian stakeholders. It is the framework that guides all CSA programs and provides our stakeholders and partners with insight on Canada's strategic directions. While the Canadian Space Strategy preceded the S&T Strategy, it embraces the principles of world-class excellence, and contains a similar set of priorities and innovative national partnerships.
To learn more about the Canadian Space Strategy, go to:
3- The Long Term Space Plan (LTSP)
In order to move forward with a renewed impetus to sustain and enhance Canada's space advantage, in 2008-2009 the CSA carried a series of extensive consultations with its stakeholders and partners. Stemming from this exercise, a draft Long Term Space Plan is being advanced for consideration by Government with a vision and a direction providing a framework for policy development as well as for the strategic and effective use of space by Canada for the future. The vision is for Canada to make extensive use of space to meet its evolving needs and priorities by building on its remarkable space heritage, and to increase industrial and academic capacity, readiness, and credibility of Canada as a partner for future space exploration missions.
4- Corporate Integrated Planning
In March 2009, the Treasury Board Secretariat directed CSA and other federal departments to implement, by April 1st, 2010, two new policies on investment planning and management of projects. The successful implementation of these policies will help support improved accountability and strengthened management practices at the CSA.
First the "Policy on Investment Planning, Assets and Acquired Services" calls for the development of a multi-year investment plan which demonstrates how the CSA will allocate its human resources, manage the related information and technology, the real property, the infrastructure assets and the acquired services in support of the programs identified in the Program Activity Architecture. Upon successful Cabinet and Treasury Board approval of the Long Term Space Plan, this investment plan will require amendments.
The "Policy on Management of Projects" reflects a risk-based approach to determine project approval limits and Treasury Board oversight. It is based on an assessment of CSA organizational project management capacity and on the assessment of the level of risk and complexity of all projects identified in the CSA's Investment Plan.
5- Corporate Risk Management
The CSA approved the 2010-2011 mitigation action plans developed to address high priority corporate risks.
Risk - Integration and Implementation: The CSA's capacity to align its strategies, planning, priorities, funding levels, operations and capacity to deliver, and obtain clear understanding and buy-in from managers and staff at all levels.
Mitigation Action Plan Review: The corporate risk assessment concluded that this risk remains the highest priority. Therefore, mitigation actions such as the following will be pursued in 2010-2011:
Risk – Workforce: The CSA's capacity to hire and maintain a qualified workforce required to deliver its mandate within the government legislative frameworks, policies and rules.
Mitigation Action Plan Review: The corporate risk assessment concluded that this risk remains a high priority. Therefore, mitigation actions such as the following will be pursued in 2010-2011:
|($ in millions)||
|Space Based Earth Observation (EO)||85.8||88.7||108.4||106.2|
|Space Science and Exploration (SE)||143.3||185.4||156.1||95.9|
|Satellite Communications (SC)||20.3||19.7||14.4||11.7|
|Generic Technological Activities (GTA) in support of EO, SE, and SC||53.8||46.2||48.4||48.9|
|Space Awareness and Learning (AL)||8.9||8.1||8.2||8.0|
|Budgetary Main Estimates (gross)||355.1||390.8||378.4||312.7|
|Non-Budgetary Main Estimates (gross)||0||0||0||0|
|Less: Respendable Revenue||0||0||0||0|
|Total Main Estimates||355.1||390.8||378.4||312.7|
|Operating Carry Forward||9.7|
|Implementation Initiative (Budget 2009)||15.0|
|Capital Carry Forward||0.0|
|Collective Agreements Compensation||6.2|
|Expenditure Strategic Review||(1.4)|
|Reimbursement of eligible pay list expenditures||0.8|
|Reinvestment of royalties from the sale of RADARSAT-1 data||0.0||4.1||4.1||4.1|
|Reprofiling of Funds||(28.1)|
|Total Planned Spending||357.3||394.9||382.5||316.8|
The CSA's annual A-Base Budget of $300 million was established in 1999. The difference in the spending trend shown above is mainly attributable to the following factors:
|Vote or Statutory Item||Truncated Vote or Statutory Wording||2009-2010
($ in millions)
($ in millions)
|35||Grants and contributions||47.1||46.3|
|(S)||Contributions to employee benefit plans||9.9||10.8|