Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced new recreational drone regulations that will basically turn the previous #nodronezone guidelines into actual enforceable laws.
The rules, which are effective immediately, will mean recreational users will face a fine of up to $3,000.
(5) (1) A person must not operate a model aircraft
- (a) at an altitude greater than 300 feet AGL;
- (b) at a lateral distance of less than 250 feet (75m) from buildings, structures, vehicles, vessels, animals and the public including spectators, bystanders or any person not associated with the operation of the aircraft;
- (c) within 9 km of the centre of an aerodrome;
- (d) within controlled airspace;
- (e) within restricted airspace;
- (f) over or within a forest fire area, or any area that is located within 9 km of a forest fire area;
- (g) over or within the security perimeter of a police or first responder emergency operation site;
- (h) over or within an open-air assembly of persons;
- (i) at night; or
- (j) in cloud.
6 A person operating a model aircraft must give way to manned aircraft at all times.
7 (1) A person operating a model aircraft must ensure that it is operated within VLOS at all times during the flight.
(2) No person shall operate a model aircraft when the aircraft is at a lateral distance of more than 1640 feet (500 m) from the person’s location
8 The owner of a model aircraft shall not operate or permit a person to operate the aircraft unless the name, address and telephone number of the owner is clearly made visible on the aircraft.
The restrictions apply to drones weighting more than 250g up to 35kg.
RCMP & police will be working with Transport Canada inspectors to enforce the new rules.
Members of the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) in good standing who operate at MAAC sanctioned fields or events are not subject to these rules.
Infographic on new rules: http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/ca-opssvs/Infographic-New_rules_for_recreational_drone_users.pdf
Full Interim Order can be found here:
For a sense of the areas impacted, you can use the NRC UAV Site Selection Tool website: https://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/collaborative/civuas/uav_site_selection_tool.html
We will be updating this article as the full information is announced.