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Annexe 1 - Details on Transfer Payments Program (TPPs)

Contribution to European Space Agency (ESA)
Start Date: January 1, 2000 End Date: December 31, 2009

Through key international partnerships, enhance the Canadian industry's technological base and provide access to European market for value-added products and services in the field of Earth Observation, Satellite Communications, and generic space technologies; foster the participation of Canadian academia and the demonstration of Canadian space technologies in European Space Science and Exploration missions. This is achieved through a financial contribution by the Agency to optional ESA programs.

Strategic Outcome:

Canada's presence in space meets the needs of Canadians for scientific knowledge, space technology and information.

Expected Results (At Program Activity Level)

Space Based Earth Observation:

The benefits of activities involved in Earth Observation from space serve Canadian users in the fields of environment, resource and land-use management, and security and sovereignty.

Space Science and Exploration:

Participation in Canadian and international missions expands the scientific knowledge base made available to Canadian academia and R&D communities in the areas of astronomy, space exploration and solar-terrestrial relations, as well as in physics and life sciences.

Satellite Communications:

State-of-the-art systems and applications are developed to satisfy the needs of the Canadian government and population in order to ensure that Canada remains a world leader in satellite communications.

Generic Technological Activities in support of Earth Observation, Space Science and Exploration, and Satellite Communications:

Canada's industrial technological capabilities can meet the needs of future space missions and activities.

Expected Accomplishments:

Successful development and demonstration of advanced technologies, systems, components, and studies provided for in the contracts awarded by ESA to Canadian firms under the following ESA EO programs: EOEP, GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) Service Element and GMES Space Component.

Continue do develop the Space Exploration programs ELIPS and Aurora.

Successful development and demonstration of advanced technologies, systems, components, or studies provided for in the contracts awarded by ESA to Canadian firms under the following ESA Telecommunications and Navigation programs: ARTES 1, 3, 4, 5, 8 and GalileoSat.

Growing utilization of data obtained from ESA on markets and Earth observation / Telecommunications technologies as strategic information for government departments, agencies and industries in Canada.

Because of our participation in Europe's telecommunication, Earth observation and exploration programs, more demonstration of space-qualified technologies and products developed by Canadian firms for the space markets take place.

Development of new alliances and/or strengthening of established alliances between Canadian and European companies, to diversify Canada's international space partnerships and complement its long-standing relationship with the U.S.

Program Activity
($ in millions)
Forecast Spending 2008-2009 Planned Spending 2009-2010 Planned Spending 2010-2011 Planned Spending 2011-2012
Space Based Earth Observation (EO) 9.6 9.2 9.9 9.6
Space Science and Exploration (SE) 5.5 10.1 9.4 6.7
Satellite Communications (SC) 12.2 9.6 9.4 7.4
Generic Technological Activities (GTA) in support of EO, SE, and SC 7.6 10.7 11.0 10.8
Total Contributions 34.9 39.6 39.8 34.5
Total Transfer Payments 34.9 39.6 39.8 34.5

Note: Due to rounding, decimals may not add up to totals shown.