For more than thirty years, the UofC Space Physics Group has operated instruments that remote sense the aurora and related phenomena across northern Canada. This began in the mid-1980s with the development and operation of a single All-Sky Imager (ASI) at Gillam Manitoba. This imager was operated as part of the (NRC and later CSA) CANOPUS program from its deployment through its decommissioning around 2000. Beginning in 1999, there have been a series of expansions and enhancements of the UofC ground-based space physics observing program. These have included a series of multi-spectral, full-color, white light (panchromatic), and redline ASIs, multi-spectral and H-beta (proton auroral) MSPs, single-beam and imagering riometers, magnetometers, GPS receivers, VLF receivers, and an Incoherent Scatter Radar. The group now operates more than 100 instruments.
Operational funding for our instruments has come primarily from CSA and CFI, and funding for the infrastructure from CFI, the Alberta Government, the US NSF, and CSA. Looking forward, we expect that our instrument network will continue to flourish, with new instruments being developed and deployed, and we hope older instruments will be operationalized via transition to a national space weather program. We must compete every five years for operational funding from CSA, with the next round of proposals being submitted in several years.