Government of Canada Tackles Health Issues in Remote Communities and Beyond



The Canadian Space Agency mobilizes Canadian innovators to support the development of new remote health technologies

LONGUEUIL, QC, December 2, 2021 / CNW Telbec / – The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) created the Beyond health initiative take advantage of our country’s expertise in health, medical research and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence. The initiative is designed to identify and develop innovative, relevant and sustainable solutions to the health problems encountered by astronauts during deep space missions. The information gathered through this initiative will also help Canadians living in remote or isolated places.

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To help guide these efforts, the CSA invited some of the from Canada eminent medical minds to form a Deep Space Health Care Advisory Council. The Council produced a detailed report report which describes the possibilities of a comprehensive program that could benefit both deep space and terrestrial health care.

In accordance with one of the recommendations of the Advisory Council, the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced the Deep space healthcare challenge. Through this challenge, participants will design new diagnostic and sensing solutions to support frontline health workers in remote communities now, and crews on long-duration space missions in the future. Canadian innovators are invited to submit a concept of their healthcare technology in February 1, 2022. The CSA takes up the challenge in collaboration with the Impact Canada of the Privy Council Office.


“Canadians living in remote or isolated communities share some of the same health issues as astronauts on mission to remote destinations. With the Deep Space Healthcare Challenge, the government of Canada wants to find solutions that will benefit both astronauts and those who live in medically isolated places here on Earth. “

—The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“The Deep Space Healthcare Challenge is successful here at home, creating new healthcare technologies for Canadians living in remote areas, while supporting the dream of exploring deep space. Investing in Canadian innovation will improve remote health care for all Canadians, whether they live in a medically isolated area or aboard a ship in the depths of space. “

The Honorable Bill Blair, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Civil Protection

Fast facts

  • Throughout the three stages of the Deep Space Healthcare Challenge, the ASC will distribute a maximum of $ 2.85 million to the Canadian winners:

  • The Deep Space Healthcare Challenge is open to all Canadians, including commercial and non-commercial organizations and individuals incorporated and located in Canada.

  • Impact Canada is a government of Canada-a major effort to help departments accelerate the adoption of innovative funding approaches to achieve meaningful results for Canadians.

  • Indigenous Services Canada and the Coordinated and Accessible National Health Network (CAN) are supporting partners in the Deep Space Healthcare Challenge.

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