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Canadian Space Agency sous-fonds [graphic material, textual records, object]. 

Sous-fonds consists of



Place of creation


155 prints reproductions
104 textual 5 cm.
5 objects

Added language of material: French

Scope and content

The sous-fonds consists of promotional and public relations material relating to the activities of the Canadian Space Agency, especially in relation to the Canadian astronaut program, the U. S. Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station in the years from 1982 to 1999.

Graphic (art)
90: Open
Textual records
90: Open
90: Open
Archival reference no.

Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown.

Wordperfect item list available. (Electronic)

Additional name(s)

Biography / Administrative history

With the launch of Alouette I for ionospheric research in 1962, Canada became the third country in the world to enter the space age, after Russia and the United States. The Alouette II satellite followed in 1965. Dr John Chapman, head of the Alouette Project, was then asked to create a blueprint for Canada's future in space. The 1967 Chapman Report proposed, among other things, the development of a national space agency. In 1969, the Canadian Cabinet created the Interdepartmental Committee on Space (ICS) to advise the government on policy and planning for Canadian space activities. Originally chaired by Ministry of State for Science and Technology (MOSST - 1969-1976), responsibility for the ICS passed to the Department of Communications (1976-1980) and back to MOSST (1980-1989).

Canadian ionospheric studies continued with the launch of International Satellites ISIS-I and ISIS-II in 1969 and 1972 respectively. The David Florida Laboratory (DFL) - named after the manager of the ISIS program - was founded in Ottawa in 1972, as a spacecraft assembly, integration and testing centre. Gradually, the DFL evolved into a support facility for major space projects involving telecommunications, earth observation and robotics technologies. In 1975, Canada entered into the first of a series of five and ten-year agreements with the European Space Agency. Then, in 1983, the first group of six Canadian astronauts are selected, with Marc Garneau becoming the first Canadian in space in October of that year.

On 1 March 1989, the space-oriented divisions of MOSST; the National Research Council; the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources; and the Department of Communications were re-grouped to create the Canadian Space Agency (CSA or "the Agency"). Authority for this new Agency came from the Canadian Space Agency Act (SC 1990, c13), which was officially passed on 14 December 1990. The Act established the Agency's mandate as: The peaceful use and development of space, to advance the knowledge of space through science and to ensure that space science and technology provide social and economic benefits for Canadians. Larkin Kerwin was named the first president.

The Agency has a status equivalent to that of a Departmentbof the Government of Canada and reports to Perliament through the Minister of Industry. The President, who has powers equivalent to those of a deputy minister, manages an organization divided into 14 divisions, which can be loosely organized into three branches - science, integrated functions and administration. The 'Science' branch consists of: the Space Science Program; the Space Technologies Division; the Space Systems Division; the Space Operations Program; and the Canadian Astronaut Office. The 'Integrated Functions Branch' consists of: Administration, Human Resources and Legal Services. The 'Administrative Branch' consists of: Communications; Corporate Management: Audit, Evaluation and Review; Strategic Development; External Relations and Government Liaison.

In fulfilment of its mandate, the CSA has managed Canada's involvement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the European Space Agency and the International Space station. The Agency has also been involved in many projects, including the RADARSATI and II satellites, experiments with the International Space Station, the selection and missions of Canadian astronauts, etc.

Additional information

Further accruals are expected.

Related materials
See also the Public Works sub-series "Records produced on behalf of the Canadian Space Agency" (MIKAN 198862, R182-377-2-E).


Related control no.

1. 1994-95/076 GAD
2. OFRC#89-381 OFRC
3. 122-000076-0
4. 1998-01899-7
5. RG124