Canadian UAS development gets government funding

May 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

ALMA, Quebec, May 21 (UPI) -- The government of Canada is helping fund the development of a center of excellence for unmanned aerial systems in the province of Quebec.

The center will be at the airport in Alma with a facility to house offices and a hangar and adequate space for organizations and enterprises working on the development and testing of equipment and applications for unmanned aerial vehicles.

The government investment -- in the form of a non-repayable financial contribution -- is about $2.4 million and was awarded through the Canada Economic Development Agency's Quebec Economic Development Program. The total cost of the project, which includes several phases, is estimated at more than $4.1 million.

"By supporting local stakeholders in the development of the Unmanned Aerial System Center of Excellence at Alma airport, the government of Canada is showing proof of its determination to stimulate sectors of the economy that can generate major spinoffs for the region," said Canadian Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Denis Lebel.

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