It should be noted that the Sky Canada Project is not intended to access and collect first-hand data (like photos, testimonies, etc.), nor is it intended to make the OCSA the main point of contact for Canadians wishing to report observations or personal experiences. Furthermore, it is not meant to prove or disprove the existence of extraterrestrial life or extraterrestrial visitors.
About the project
The Sky Canada Project was launched in the Fall of 2022 to study how Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) reports from the public are managed in Canada and to recommend improvements. The Office of the Chief Science Advisor (OCSA) will focus on the Canadian process for capturing and treating UAP observations.
Why the Sky Canada Project?
The Sky Canada Project supports citizen science and aims to facilitate the collection of observations documenting rare natural phenomena.
It aims to optimize the consolidation of all UAP observations in a transparent manner and to find competent experts who can offer insightful explanations.
Use of documented observations as a way to contribute to surveillance activities on Canadian territory towards the prevention of undetected intrusions.
The project is part of the OCSA’s ongoing effort to curb disinformation and prevent conspiracy theories by seeking to make collected information accessible to all.
Finally, the Project will prepare Canada for collaboration with other countries on UAP reporting. For instance, we have been informed of recent initiatives in the United States on the UAP file (e.g., the NASA UAP study, the Pentagon’s All Domain Anomaly Resolution Office, and the Galileo project at Harvard University).
What to expect
The OCSA is gathering information from federal departments and agencies, stakeholders, and other organisations, on how they handle UAP observations reported by the public. We plan to compare the Canadian approach with that of other countries. Following an internal analysis, we will assess the current processes and recommend ways to improve the Canadian approach.
Some examples of the questions asked by the Sky Canada Project are:
- How many UAP observations are reported in Canada each year?
- Where are UAP observations reported in Canada? Whom are witnesses contacting?
- When reporting, what information is provided / requested?
- What is done with the collected information?
- Is there a follow-up with individuals who have reported observations?
- Was there a different approach in the past?
- Any suggestions to improve data collection and analysis?
- Where should witnesses report their observations?
- Do you have equipment that collects information on activities in the sky?
- Do you have highly qualified personnel that could support interpretation efforts?
Timelines and deliverables
The OCSA plans to collect information during the first half of 2023, before preparing an internal draft report in the fall of 2023 A final public report will be released in 2024.