Study Finds UFO Sightings
In Canada At All-Time High


February 9, 2004 - (Winnipeg, MB) The 2003 Canadian UFO Survey was released today by Ufology Research of Manitoba (UFOROM), an independent study group that analyses information about unidentified flying objects reported across Canada. Its findings include:
- There were 673 UFO sightings reported in Canada in 2003 - or nearly two each day.
- There were about 39 per cent more UFO reports in 2003 than 2002. The number of UFO reports per year in Canada has increased almost 350 per cent since 1998.
- In 2003, record numbers of UFOs were reported in British Columbia (304), Alberta (76), Ontario (150) and Quebec (49).
- In 2003, about 17 per cent of all UFO reports were unexplained. This percentage of unknowns falls to about seven per cent when only high-quality cases are considered.
- Most UFO sightings have two witnesses.
- The typical UFO sighting lasted approximately 10 minutes in 2003.
UFOROM research director and study author Chris Rutkowski notes: "The most important findings of this study include the fact that the number of UFO sightings in Canada has increased over the past fifteen years, and 2003 saw an all-time record high number of sightings reported. People continue to report observing unusual objects in the sky, and some of these objects do not have obvious explanations." He also says that many witnesses are pilots, police and other individuals with reasonably good observing capabilities and good judgement. Although most reported UFOs are simply lights in the night sky, a significant number are objects with definite shapes observed within the witnesses' frame of reference. Rutkowski cautions: "Popular opinion to the contrary, there is yet to be any incontrovertible evidence that some UFO cases involve extraterrestrial contact. However, the continued reporting of UFOs by the public and the yearly increase in numbers of UFO reports suggests a need for further examination of the phenomenon by social, medical and/or physical scientists." The study was produced with the cooperation of researchers and investigators across Canada and with case data from private, public and government sources.
The complete study is available online at:
For further information, contact: Ufology Research of Manitoba, e-mail:
Media interviews are available with local contacts in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Note: UFO sightings in Canada can be reported toll-free to 1-866-262-1989.



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