Remote Sensing Space Systems

Within the Department, the Remote Sensing Space Systems Section is responsible for the licensing of remote sensing space systems operating from Canada pursuant to the laws of Canada. The Remote Sensing Space Systems Act and its Regulations came into force on 29 March 2007. Our Department consults on licensing actions with the Department of National Defence, Public Safety, and the Canadian Space Agency, representing Industry Canada. Please visit Licences Issued for a complete listing of current remote sensing space systems authorized to operate in Canada.

Applying for a Licence

We provide assistance and advice as follows:

  • we provide information and advice to our clients seeking to operate remote sensing space systems in any manner, directly or indirectly, in Canada or by Canadians elsewhere in the world;

  • we approve applications for a licence to operate remote sensing space systems in order to support applicants in their pursuit of raising financial capital for such endeavours;

  • we licence the operation of remote sensing space systems (satellites; telemetry, tracking and command stations; ground receiving stations), pursuant to the laws of Canada;

  • we enforce compliance with operating licences issued under the regulations and acts of Canada; and,

  • we exempt systems, persons and data from the application of the Remote Sensing Space Systems Act under certain criterion.

For further assistance, please contact us at:

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (Remote Sensing Space Systems Section) Division (IDA)
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0G2

E-Mail: IDA@international.gc.ca
Phone: 613-992-5039
Fax: 613-944-3105

Licences Issued

The following persons (entities) have been issued operating licences within Canada:

  • MDA Geospatial Services Inc. for the RADARSAT-2 System on 15 November 2007; and,
  • The University of Toronto for the CanEX-2 System on 27 December 2007.

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Date Modified:
2012-09-27