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Investment of $2.6 Million for the Development of Remote Sensing in Quebec

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 1999

Canada-Quebec Agreement on the Development of RADARSAT Data Applications

QUEBEC CITY, December 14, 1999 — John Manley, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and Bernard Landry, Quebec Deputy Premier and Minister of State for Finance and the Economy, announced a financial contribution of $2.6 million for the implementation of 14 industrial and research projects aimed at enhancing Quebec’s expertise in the field of remote sensing. The contracts are being awarded under the Canada-Quebec Agreement on the Development of RADARSAT Data Applications, announced in June 1998, which earmarked $6.2 million for investment by the governments of Canada and Quebec to support projects involving the use of RADARSAT satellite data.

"The support given to these projects is an excellent example of the government of Canada and of Quebec in setting up partnerships with industry and Canadian universities in order to pool our expertise, enhance our reputation for excellence in the field of Earth observation, and encourage the growth of our knowledge-based industries," said Minister Manley.

Quebec’s Deputy Premier and Minister of State for Finance and the Economy, Bernard Landry, said that the support provided by governments under the Agreement would enable Quebec remote sensing companies to gain a solid foothold in the market for geomatics and remote sensing products and services, while opening the door to export of Quebec know-how in these fields.

Under the industrial initiative of the Agreement, six Quebec companies working in the field of remote sensing are receiving nearly $2 million under the Agreement’s industrial project support component. These six companies are: Del Degan Massé et Associés, Géomat International, Hauts-Monts, MIR Télédétection, Tecsult Foresterie and Viasat Géo-Technologie. This financial support will help these companies accomplish seven projects totalling more than $3.7 million. The projects are designed to develop and market new remote sensing products and services in various fields including: forest management, hydrography, agricultural practices, land-use planning, and geological and ecological mapping. The projects also aim to improve the use and distribution of remote sensing data.

Under the Agreement’s university research support component, seven research projects will receive financial assistance. These projects are being carried out under the Concerted RADARSAT Action program (Action concertée RADARSAT) managed by Quebec’s researcher training and research assistance fund (Fonds pour la formation des chercheurs et l'aide à la recherche, Fond FCAR) which operates under the auspices of the Quebec department of Research, Science and Technology. Grants totalling $630,000 have been made to seven teams of university researchers, together with satellite data valued at $80,000, to enable them to conduct remote sensing research projects and to train student researchers and remote sensing workers. The projects undertaken by these seven teams (three at Université Laval, two at Université de Sherbrooke, and 1 each at Université de Montréal and INRS-Eau) will involve more than 80 researchers and graduate students.

The RADARSAT-1 satellite, launched in November 1995, is Canada’s first Earth observation satellite. It produces images of the Earth’s surface that are used to monitor the environment and to manage the planet’s natural resources.

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Sloan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Industry Canada
Tel.: (613) 995-9001

Andrée Corriveau
Communications Adviser
Office of the Deputy Premier and
Minister of State for Finance and the Economy
Tel.: (418) 643-5270 or (514) 982-2910

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