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 or before August 23, 2018 the Minister of Environment will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval. 

Project Documents


Opportunities for Public Input

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

Comments online

Comments can be submitted via our online consultation form.

In writing

The public is invited to submit written comments to:

Environmental Assessment Branch
Nova Scotia Environment
P.O. Box 442
Halifax, NS, B3J 2P8

Or, contact the department:

Phone: (902) 424-3600
Fax: (902) 424-6925

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