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Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicles

Impacts Southern Alberta

RADF Investment: $3 million

Other Investment: $1,071,333

Total Investment: $4,071,333

Project Period: November 2007–February 2011

Economic Development Economic Development
Technology or Communications Technology or Communications

T: 403.488.7208


Project Description

The Unmanned Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Medicine Hat is a project led by the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (CCUVS). The CCUVS is a not-for-profit company that provides unbiased, joint-use facilities for companies, governments, and universities that want to research, develop, commercialize, test, and evaluate unmanned vehicles for air, ground, or marine use. There is a growing international need for such a facility and CCUVS is building on the strengths of the unmanned vehicle technology cluster that already exists in southern Alberta.

Expected Outcomes and Benefits

All projects go through a selection process to ensure they will improve the quality of life for Albertans. This project meets this objective through the following outcomes and benefits:

  • Support economic growth, increase employment, and increase investment in southern Alberta
  • Diversify southern Alberta’s economy in a high-technology industry
  • Enhance opportunities for technology growth in existing resource and agriculturally driven sectors
  • Improve ability to accommodate new companies, technology, and people through expanded infrastructure
  • Forge partnerships on the provincial, federal, and international levels
  • CCUVS is now considered by the expert press as one of the most important global centres for furthering the deployment of civil and commercial unmanned systems technologies.