Drone Laws in Canada

In mid-march of 2017, the Canadian Government, otherwise known as Transport Canada regulated a bunch of new laws that manage the use of drones. If you are flying your drone for fun and your drone weighs more than 250 grams and up to 35 kilograms, you do not need special permission from Transport Canada to fly your drone. Please follow the safety rules below.

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Requirements

  1. If you are flying your drone for fun and your drone weighs more than 250 grams and up to 35 kilograms, you do not need special permission from Transport Canada to fly your drone.
  2. below 90 m above the ground
  3. at least 30 m away from vehicles, vessels, and the public (if your drone weighs more than 250 g up to 1 kg)
  4. at least 75 m away from vehicles, vessels, and the public (if your drone weighs more than 1 kg up to 35 kg)
  5. at least 5.5 km away from aerodromes (any airport, seaplane base, or areas where aircraft take-off and land)
  6. at least 1.8 km away from heliports or aerodromes used by helicopters only
  7. outside of controlled or restricted airspace
  8. at least 9 km away from a natural hazard or disaster area
  9. away from areas where operation could interfere with police or first responders
  10. during the day and not in clouds
  11. within your sight at all times
  12. within 500 m of yourself or closer
  13. only if clearly marked with your name, address, and telephone number

Tips for Recreational Drone Users

  • Fly your drone during daylight and in good weather.
  • Keep your drone where you can see it with your own eyes – not through an on-board camera, monitor or smartphone.
  • Make sure your drone is safe for flight before take-off. Ask yourself, for example: Are the batteries fully charged? Is it too cold to fly?
  • Respect the privacy of others. Avoid flying over private property or taking photos or videos without permission.

Tips for Recreational Drone Users

When flying a UAV (non-recreational drone) in Canada, you must:

  • follow the rules in the Canadian Aviation Regulations:
  • respect the Criminal Code, your provincial Trespass Act, as well as all applicable municipal, provincial, and territorial laws that apply

When flying a model aircraft (recreational drone) in Canada you must:

Transport Canada inspectors investigate reports of unsafe and illegal drone use. We may involve local police if other laws (e.g., the Criminal Code and privacy laws) have been broken.

You could face serious consequences – including up to $25,000 in fines and/or jail time – if you:

  • put aircraft at risk
  • fly where you are not allowed
  • endanger anyone’s safety

For example:

  • If you fly your drone recreationally where you are not allowed or choose not to follow any of the rules outlined in the Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft you could face fines of up to $3,000.
  • If you fly a UAV without an SFOC and should have one, we may fine up to $5,000 for a person and $25,000 for a corporation.
  • If you do not follow the requirements of your SFOC, we may fine up to $3,000 for a person and $15,000 for a corporation.

Peter McKinnon lays it out pretty nicely for you with this cool video…