Medicine Hat-based aerospace and defence companies can take advantage of two globally competitive ranges, federal and provincial innovation funds, and talent to compete globally.
Positioned between Canadian Forces Base Suffield, Defence and Research Development Canada and Canada’s first Transport Canada-approved beyond-line-of-sight (BVLOS) UAV range, Medicine Hat is a strategic location for military and defence contractors, and companies operating in the fast-growing UAV sector.
No equipment tax, 2,500 hours of annual sunshine, and affordable greenfield airside and groundside development opportunities at Medicine Hat Regional Airport are drawing interest from innovative aerospace companies seeking a Canadian location. Meanwhile, five daily flights to Calgary International Airport provide access to the world.
Companies located in Medicine Hat, Canada can take advantage of BVLOS and military ranges, local talent, and an innovation support and funding ecosystem to build, test, and fly.
It’s time to give Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada a look.
UAV and Defence Testing
Affordable airside development, access to thousands of square kilometres of restricted defence and UAV ranges, experienced manufacturing, engineering, and trade expertise. Medicine Hat, Canada is worth a closer look.
FOREMOST UAS RANGE
Canada’s only BVLOS restricted airspace is located approximately 100 km Southwest of Medicine Hat in Foremost, Alberta. The range made Canadian aviation history on February 24, 2017 when the first BVLOS flight at the first Canadian BVLOS test range took place.
The 2,400 square kilometres of controlled airspace provides companies with the ability to test new technology.
CANADIAN FORCES BASE SUFFIELD
Canada’s largest military training ground offers the opportunity to test UAV’s from surface to unlimited altitude. Located 50 km northwest of Medicine Hat, CFB Suffield controls 2,700 square kilometres of restricted airspace, making it the largest live-fire testing area in the Commonwealth.
The Manoeuvre Training Area covers 1,588 square kilometres of a 2,700 square kilometre base.
Greenfield Airside Development
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada is a destination for companies seeking affordable airside development opportunities. Three development nodes have been identified by the City of Medicine Hat, offering airside and groundside opportunities along a 5,000’X150’ runway.
41 ACRES GREENFIELD
Adjacent to the busy Crowsnest Highway connecting Medicine Hat to Vancouver and the West Coast, the North Node is currently under development. Ideally suited for commercial development, this Node offers 41 acres of airside and groundside opportunities.
23 ACRES GREENFIELD
Light industrial and commercial developments requiring airside and groundside access are ideal for Medicine Hat Regional Airport’s East Node. This node currently has over 8 acres of light industrial developments, and is adjacent to a light industrial node.
27 ACRES GREENFIELD
Identified as a technology and aviation-related development opportunity, the South Node can accommodate 35,000 square feet of floor space. Developments in this node have airside and groundside access and will feature high quality amenities to attract clean industry.
Funding programs for innovation are plentiful in Alberta, Canada. Canada’s National Research Council and provincial Alberta Innovates provide pre-commercial funding for research and prototype development, while Medicine Hat’s Angel Investors network provides private capital.
INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (IRAP)
Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) provides funding support through IRAP for small and medium sized companies (up to 500 employees) undertaking technology innovation.
Alberta Innovates has a 90-year legacy of investing in Alberta’s technology sector. Using their combination of expertise in technologies and networks Alberta Innovates works with entrepreneurs and all sizes of businesses to commercialize their technologies globally and domestically.
ALBERTA EXPORT SUPPORT FUND
Small to medium size export-ready Alberta companies have to access to funds to support active pursuit of new international markets. The Export Support Fund reimburses up to 50% of expenses such as trade show registration, return economy airfare and translating marketing materials.
ALBERTA INVESTOR TAX CREDIT
Investors who provide capital to Alberta small businesses conducting research, development or commercialization of new technology, products or processes are eligible for a 30% tax credit.
Medicine Hat’s Aerospace Cluster
Medicine Hat-based aerospace and defence companies work with local engineering, fabrication, and business talent to serve global military and civilian clientele.