Myths: My drone is under 2kgs so I don’t need an SFOC.
While there are exemption in Canada for commercial use of UAVs that are under 2kgs, as well as ones between 2-25kgs, the weight alone is not the only condition that must be met.
The main item that most overlook and that restricts the widespread use of the exemptions is the 5NM (9KM) restrictions from airports and built-up areas. The confusion comes from what a “built-up area” is as TC has not defined in clearly, however it is generally referred to mean the following:
areas with groups of buildings or dwellings including anything from small hamlets to major cities. Anything larger than a farmstead should be considered a built up area
The operator is responsible for makig nsure they meet all the condition of any exemption or SFOC they use, so you need to fully understand ALL the regulations, and not cherry pick the ones that appear to fit your needs.
See our article UAV SFOC Exemptions “For Dummies” for further information.