Canadian Space Agency Launches Public Consultation on Framework for Future Space Exploration Activities

LONGEUEIL, Quebec (CSA PR) — The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is working with national and international partners to write the next chapter of space exploration—sending humans to more distant destinations like the Moon and Mars.

These daring missions and emerging space activities pose new challenges. Canada and other countries are working to define the “rules of the road,” a shared framework that will guide the safe and sustainable use of space beyond Earth’s orbit.

Canada will continue its leadership in space by pushing the boundaries of science and technology. Our future space exploration activities will increase our knowledge of our planet and universe and advance research and discoveries that lead to breakthrough science in areas that benefit people on Earth.

All Canadians are invited to share their vision for our future in space.

Artemis Accords

As part of NASA’s Artemis program to land the next man and the first woman on the Moon, NASA introduced the Artemis Accords. The CSA has worked closely with NASA and other space agencies on the Artemis Accords, a set of principles designed to guide safe and sustainable exploration, science, and commercial activities in deep space, including on the Moon and other celestial bodies. The Accords align with existing obligations under the Outer Space Treaty.

In October 2020, Canada signed the Artemis Accords, an important first step towards establishing a framework for future space exploration activities, which complements our existing efforts in Moon exploration. Consultations with Canadians will help the Government further solidify this framework and shape the future of international space exploration.

“The Artemis Accords are an important achievement for safe and sustainable space exploration, but more work is needed to further solidify the framework for deep-space exploration activities, both nationally and internationally.” 

— CSA President Lisa Campbell

The Government of Canada will continue working with international partners and within the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to further develop the international framework. Canada recognizes the exciting opportunities presented by emerging exploration, science, and commercial space activities. The Government of Canada wants to hear from you. We invite you to share your ideas, your experiences, and your comments throughout this consultation process.

Consulting with Canadians

The Government of Canada is seeking views from industry, academia, non-governmental groups, and the general public to expand, refine, and solidify this framework to help ensure safe and sustainable space exploration for decades to come.

The consultation process is open to all Canadians; everyone is invited to share their perspectives. We especially invite stakeholders with an interest in space exploration, space law, traditional mining, and/or space resource utilization to provide their feedback.

Interested parties may include:

  • Canadian businesses, especially those in the space industry and terrestrial mining industry
  • Academics and experts, including specialists in space technology, space law, geology/geoscience, and minerals and metals science
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Other individuals or groups

Canadians have until 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) on , to submit their perspectives.

How can I participate?

1. Learn more

Feel free to consult background information that may provide useful context.

2. Submit feedback or questions to the email address below

The Government of Canada may contact participants to further clarify perspectives. If you would like to speak to representatives of the Government of Canada at any time during the consultation process, please contact us via the email address below.

3. Participate in webinars

In partnership with Global Affairs Canada and Natural Resources Canada, the CSA will be holding a series of webinars in both official languages. The date and time of those webinars will be announced. You are encouraged to submit questions prior to the webinars to the address below.

4. Stay informed

Please continue to check back for more information on how you can participate. To receive updates, please provide your contact information using the address below.

asc.policyconsultationpolitique.csa@canada.ca