Today Transport Canada made the details on the less than 2kg and 2-25kg weight class exemptions known on their website.
If your aircraft:
Weighs less than 2 kg and you can meet the safety conditions in the Transport Canada exemption for UAVs that weigh less than 2 kg, you don’t need to request permission to fly.
Weighs between 2 kg and 25 kg and you can meet the safety conditions in the Transport Canada exemption for UAVs that weigh between 2 kg and 25 kg, you don’t need to request permission to fly. However, you must email Transport Canada with:
Your name, address, and phone number
UAV model and serial number
A description of the operation
The geographical boundaries of the operation
If you cannot or choose not to meet the safety conditions in the UAV exemptions, you must apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate.
Use this infographic to help you understand the rules and find out if you need permission to fly.
For most operators however this will have very little impact. The following restrictions make the exemptions primarily focused on rural areas only, such as farms, wood lots, mines, etc.
- Fly closer than 9 km from forest fires, airports, heliports, aerodromes, or built-up areas
- Fly over crowds or higher than 90 metres
“These exemptions mark an important milestone in UAV safety. By easing restrictions for businesses, Canada is promoting growth and innovation in an important sector, while ensuring the continued safety of those on the ground and in the sky.”
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
- Canada has had safety regulations in place that govern the use of UAVs since 1996.
- Operators that use UAVs over 25 kg for work or research must apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate.
- If an operator flies a UAV without a Special Flight Operations Certificate and should have one, Transport Canada can issue fines of up to $5,000 for an individual and $25,000 for a company.
- If an operator does not follow the requirements of their Special Flight Operations Certificate, Transport Canada can issue fines of up to $3,000 for an individual and $15,000 for a business.
- Recreational operators continue to be responsible to fly safely and should refer to Transport Canada’s website for information on any operating requirements.