Thanks to funding from the Canadian government, students in Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Sask Polytech) Natural Resource Technology (NRT) programs will have access to skills training for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $348,952 in federal funding, provided through the Western Diversification Program.
The funding will allow Sask Polytech, located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to purchase hydroacoustics equipment and UAVs. The technology will enhance the students’ ability to conduct aquatic habitat surveys and airborne terrestrial mapping activities.
Training on the new equipment will provide students in the NRT programs with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to meet the increasingly sophisticated demands of the natural resource management, conservation law enforcement and environmental service industries, according to Western Economic Diversification Canada. Faculty and students will also be able to collaborate with industry on applied research projects in the field.
‘Our government is committed to supporting skills development and training to meet the demand for qualified personnel in our natural resources sector in northern Saskatchewan. Through this investment, Aboriginal students will be able to stay in their communities while being trained on innovative technology – helping to create jobs and long-term prosperity for those communities,” says Hoback.