Government of Nova Scotia Government of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Canada


Environmental Assessment


Canso Spaceport Facility Project


This is to advise that on July 4, 2018, Maritime Launch Services Limited registered the Canso Spaceport Facility project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act.

The purpose of the proposed project is to construct and operate a private commercial space launch site that provides rocket launch services to clients. The project is located approximately 2-3 kilometers south of Canso, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia. A medium class orbital launch vehicle designed by Yuzhnoye SDO in the Ukraine, will transport satellites into orbit. A maximum of 8 launches per year with associated pre-flight activities such as mission rehearsals, is planned. The main project components include a launch control center, as well as a horizontal integration facility and a vertical launch area which are connected by a transportation route. The transportation route is approximately 2.4 kilometers in length, including a road and a railway. The construction of the project is scheduled to commence in the winter of 2018-2019, with the first launch planned for 2021.

Minister's Decision

On August 23, 2018, the Minister of Environment released a decision (PDF: 45k) concerning this review. The Minister has determined that the registration information is insufficient to make a decision on the project, and a focus report is required in accordance with clause 13(1)c of the Environmental Assessment Regulations, pursuant to Part IV of the Environment Act.

Project Documents


Opportunities for Public Input

Public comments on the Registration were accepted until August 3, 2018.

Comments online

Comments received, including any personal information, will be made available to the public upon request.