Thursday, March 21, 2019

A Space Focused Overview of the 2019 Federal Budget is Now Available Online

          By Chuck Black

It's a little bit late (it was posted 1am EST last night) and it's got a few typo's and glitches (which we're hoping to correct for next time) but the March 20th, 2019 Commercial Space blog "Special Report" on "A Space Focused Overview of the 2019 Federal Budget" is now available online.

The report also contains an overview of the last three Federal budgets and how those documents effected the Canadian space industry, an overview of recent press releases from corporations and industry groups reacting to the latest budget and links to primary source materials.

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Chuck Black.

Chuck Black is the editor of the Commercial Space blog. 


  1. Chuck;

    Thanks for the Budget 2019 special report.

    You wrote:

    "Why are the line items for both the CSA and "Canada Reaching for the Moon and Beyond," identical? Surely the CSA will do something on the ISS over the next few years. Maybe its just a typo?"

    Note that this is in a table titled “Policy Actions since the 2018 Fall Economic Statement by Department.” I interpret that to mean “new money announced in this budget, by department.” The line-items in regular type are the individual new-money programs (“policy actions”). The bold-faced lines are the per-department roll-ups of those. The only new program under the CSA is the “Canada Reaches for the Moon and Beyond” program, and so the CSA’s roll-up is equal to that.

    This is *new* money --- the CSA still also has all previously-announced funding (“since the 2018 Fall Economic Statement”), such as the ISS lifetime extension from a couple of years ago, and the satellite broadband initiative from last year, as well as its A-Base funding of something like $270M/year.

    - Kieran

    Dr. Kieran A. Carroll
    Chief Technology Officer

  2. Thanks for the heads-up Kieran.

    You are, of course, absolutely correct in your assessment that my reading of the line items relating to the new money allocated by the Federal government for the CSA was in error.

    I absolutely appreciate the time and effort you took to correct this and keep me honest. We all benefit from this sort of activity.

    Chuck Black - Editor.


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