Canada has announced a grant to help businesses use satellite data

Technicians finished two of the three Radarsat Constellation Mission satellites at the MDA facility in Montreal on June 21, 2018. (Canadian Press / Ryan Remiorz)

The federal government says it has donated $ 8 million to businesses to help leverage satellite data.

The 21 grants are intended to support projects from crop monitoring in prairie to sea ice safety in the Nunavut Territory.

Data are published from a series of Canadian satellites, including RADARSAT.

Fran├žois Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, said the move will help Canadian companies compete in fast-growing industries.

According to Ottawa, the global market for earth observation satellite data is expected to more than double over the next decade to nearly $ 9 billion.

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