Drone Delivery Canada has officially announced that they are projected to start delivering parcels by drone on March 1, 2019 to the island of Moose Factory, Ontario.
The community of Moose Cree First Nation has signed a $2.5 million deal with this Toronto company to help with the delivery of food, mail and medical supplies to their island, necessities that are usually quite difficult to get to this island.
The island can only be accessible by the Moose River, which can be crossed by boat in the summer and an ice road in the winter. Yet, in the fall and spring when the water is neither fully accessible by boat or ice road, much of their transportation needs to be done by helicopter which can be quite costly.
These drones will help with this transportation issue and will also be much cheaper and faster than Moose River’s regular shipping methods. This new service will make the Moose Cree First Nation the first to experience this technological advancement in Canada.
After nearly two years of tests and planning, the service is almost ready to start. Jonathon Araujo, who serves as an Indigenous advisor to Drone Delivery Canada, explains how this new innovation will work, “It takes off using GPS coordination then lands at the depot on the island and there would be another technician there grabbing whatever the parcel is,”.
Araujo states that the service will begin with a “depot-to-depot delivery” which can carry up to 11 lbs. between Moosonee and Moose Factory. Technicians will be on both sides of the route to load and receive the parcels in the Spring.
Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada is pleased with this advancement, stating, “We are very pleased to begin the rollout of our drone delivery solution for the Moose Cree First Nation community. Drones provide immediate capacity building and provide an alternative to traditional infrastructure where none presently exists,”.
The next steps that will be implemented in the future will be permanent drone depots which will allow a wider range of usage for these drones, such a commercial use for parcels.
Drone Delivery Canada and the Moose River community are hopeful that not only will these drones be a cheaper and reliable delivery method over time, but will also create more jobs and economic opportunities within the community, and soon, the rest of Canada.