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Canadian Space Agency Act (S.C. 1990, c. 13)

Act current to 2021-09-11 and last amended on 2019-06-17. Previous Versions

Organization of Agency

Marginal note:President

  •  (1) The Governor in Council shall appoint an officer, to be called the President of the Agency, to hold office during pleasure for a term not exceeding five years.

  • Marginal note:Chief executive officer

    (2) The President is the chief executive officer of the Agency and, under the direction of the Minister, has control and supervision over the work, officers and employees of the Agency.

  • Marginal note:Acting President

    (3) In the event of the absence or incapacity of the President or a vacancy in that office, the Minister may appoint another person to act as President, but that person may only act as President for a period exceeding 90 days with the approval of the Governor in Council.

  • 1990, c. 13, s. 12
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1713

 [Repealed, 2010, c. 12, s. 1714]

Marginal note:Reappointment

 The President may be reappointed for a further term.

  • 1990, c. 13, s. 14
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1714

Marginal note:Remuneration

 The President shall be paid any remuneration that may be fixed by the Governor in Council.

  • 1990, c. 13, s. 15
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1714

Marginal note:Employees

  •  (1) Such employees as are necessary for the proper conduct of the work of the Agency shall be appointed in accordance with the Public Service Employment Act.

  • Marginal note:Astronauts

    (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Agency may appoint and employ astronauts in positions in the Agency and may, with the approval of the Governor in Council, establish the terms and conditions, including remuneration, of their employment.

  • Marginal note:Act not applicable

    (3) The Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act does not apply to any person employed in the Agency pursuant to subsection (2).

  • Marginal note:Acts and regulations applicable

    (4) Each person employed in the Agency pursuant to subsection (2) is deemed to be an employee for the purposes of the Government Employees Compensation Act, to be employed in the federal public administration for the purposes of any regulations made pursuant to section 9 of the Aeronautics Act, and to be employed in the public service for the purposes of the Public Service Superannuation Act.

  • 1990, c. 13, s. 16
  • 2003, c. 22, ss. 147, 223(E), 235
  • 2017, c. 9, s. 55

Marginal note:Principal office

 The principal office of the Agency shall be in the greater Montreal area.

Marginal note:Contracts binding on Her Majesty

  •  (1) Every contract, memorandum of understanding and arrangement entered into by the Agency in its own name is binding on Her Majesty in right of Canada to the same extent as it is binding on the Agency.

  • Marginal note:Legal proceedings

    (2) Actions, suits or other legal proceedings in respect of any right or obligation acquired or incurred by the Agency, whether in its own name or in the name of Her Majesty in right of Canada, may be brought or taken by or against the Agency in the name of the Agency in any court that would have jurisdiction if the Agency were a corporation that is not an agent of Her Majesty.

 [Repealed, 2010, c. 12, s. 1715]

 [Repealed, 2010, c. 12, s. 1715]

 [Repealed, 2010, c. 12, s. 1715]

 [Repealed, 2010, c. 12, s. 1715]

Annual Report

Marginal note:Annual report

 The President shall, within four months after the end of each fiscal year, submit an annual report on the operations of the Agency in that year to the Minister, and the Minister shall cause a copy of the report to be laid before each House of Parliament on any of the first fifteen days on which that House is sitting after the Minister receives it.

Consequential Amendments



Marginal note:Deemed appointment

  •  (1) Where a position in the public service of Canada is transferred to the Agency within ninety days after the day on which this Act comes into force, the incumbent of the position continues in the position in the Agency, unless the incumbent otherwise elects prior to the transfer, and any person so continuing is deemed to have been appointed to the Agency in accordance with subsection 16(1).

  • Marginal note:Probation

    (2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) and section 28 of the Public Service Employment Act, no person deemed by that subsection to have been appointed is subject to probation, unless the person was subject to probation immediately before the appointment, and any person who was so subject to probation continues to be subject thereto only for so long as would have been the case but for this section.

Coming into Force

Marginal note:Coming into force

Footnote * This Act shall come into force on a day to be fixed by order of the Governor in Council.

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