Since 1989, Ufology Research in Canada has collected UFO sighting data from active Canadian researchers, and each year has compiled it into an annual ‘Canadian UFO Survey’ and released it publicly “in an attempt to promote the dissemination of information across the field of ufology”.
The 2014 report is now out, and it seems that – contrary to some media reports – UFOs are certainly not dead. 1021 UFO sighting reports were collected in Canada during 2014 – almost three a day – the third-highest number of UFO sightings recorded in the last 25 years.
Other interesting facts from the report summary:
The Top 5 metropolitan areas with the most UFO reports are (in order of highest): Toronto, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary and Montreal (tie), and Edmonton.
Although there has been a trend during the past 25 years of having more UFO reports received in the mid-summer months (corresponding to long nights and fair weather for observing UFOs in the night sky), 2014 was exceptional in that the was a marked peak in UFO reports in the early fall. In fact, almost 17 per cent of all reports in 2014 came in September, well above the average of 9.5 per cent for September during the past 25 years.
In 2014, the average Strangeness rating of UFO reports was 4.26, well above the 25-year average of 3.5 and above last year’s average of 3.67. Strangeness measures the degree to which a UFO report is comparatively unusual, for example a simple light in the sky being 2 or 3, and occupants observed outside a landed craft being about 8 or 9 on the Strangeness ratings scale. The average Reliability rating was similarly up in 2014, suggesting more cases were of higher quality or were better investigated. Most UFO sightings, unfortunately, are not well investigated, leaving the field wide open for speculation and sensationalism.
More than 47 per cent of all UFO sightings were of an object described as a “point source,” or starlike.
The typical UFO sighting lasted approximately 13 minutes in 2014, comparable with other years.