From project to reality:
The CED complex comes to life
In 2014, Alma Airport was awarded a $2.5million grant from Canada Economic Development for the construction of the building and hangar, while the CED (the UAS Centre of Excellence) received a $220,000 grant from Québec’s Ministère des Affaires Municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du Territoire (MAMROT) for the extension of the infrastructure needed to construct the building. In total, $4.3 million was invested in 2013-2014 on the CED site.
In 2016, as part of Québec's Aerospace Strategy, the provincial government recognized the importance of the CED by providing $1million over 5 years for the deployment of an ecosystem dedicated to civil drones, and $800,000 for the creation of a test centre for the pre-qualification of drone systems, which was renamed the Qualia Test Centre in 2018. In the same year, under the management of the CED, the Government of Québec formalized the creation of a Niche of Excellence in Civil and Commercial RPAS.
In 2019, the Government of Canada and the City of Alma announced their commitment to build the test site by contributing $800,000 each.