Building the next Canadarm
"Our Government is committed to the future of space exploration and ensuring Canada remains a global leader in space robotics. Our commitment to contribute Canadarm3 to the Lunar Gateway will generate high-quality jobs and economic benefits for Canadians while ensuring that our space industry continues to lead and grow. Canada will continue to push the boundaries of human ambition in space exploration, and inspire generations of kids – and adults – to always aim higher and aspire to something greater."
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
"As the Government of Canada's central purchaser, my department is working closely with the Canadian Space Agency to build the next-generation Canadarm. We are proud to be leveraging our world-leading, domestic expertise in space robotics to contribute to future space exploration, while creating opportunities for our small and medium enterprises here at home."
- The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement
In February 2019, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $2.05 billion over 24 years in Canada's participation in lunar initiatives, including building Canadarm3 for the Lunar Gateway and establishing the Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP).
With the application of the ITB Policy, Canadian-built space robotics for the Gateway are estimated to contribute up to $135 million annually to Canada's GDP, and create and maintain some 1,300 high-quality jobs for Canadians, over an estimated 10-year build period.
To maximize the socio-economic benefits of Canada's partnership in the Gateway, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) created LEAP to prepare Canada's space sector, including small and medium-sized businesses, for missions to the Moon and beyond. Through LEAP, the CSA is offering a wide range of funding opportunities for Canadian science and technology activities on the Moon's surface, in the lunar vicinity, and beyond.
Technologies developed for space bring innovations that find their way into many areas of our lives. For example, the technology from Canadarm2 and Dextre is being used for life-saving medical robotics—just one remarkable example of where Canada's space robotics have delivered transformative spin-off technologies that are improving the lives of Canadians and people around the world.
The ITB Policy ensures prime contractors undertake business activities in Canada equal to the contract value. Canada's ITB Policy supports key industrial capabilities, such as space systems and artificial intelligence, to ensure procurements can strategically drive innovation, exports and the growth of Canadian firms.
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