New Canadian Drone Regulations – Overview

The following provides a high level overview of the newly released Canadian drone regulations.  These regulations come into effect June 1 2019.

Full details of the new regulations can be found on the Transport Canada website – http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2019/2019-01-09/pdf/g2-15301.pdf

  • Single weight class from 250g-25kg for within visual line of sight
  • Single set of regulations for recreational and commercial use, there is no difference based on type of use
  • Operations fall into two types of operations: Basic, Advanced

Basic operations

If you meet all 3 of these conditions, you’re conducting basic operations:

  • uncontrolled airspace
  • more than 30 metres (100 feet) horizontally from bystanders
  • never fly it over bystanders

If you do not meet any 1 of these 3 conditions, you are conducting advanced operations.

For basic operations, here are some of the rules you must follow:

  • Register your drone with Transport Canada before you fly it for the first time
  • Mark your drone with its registration number
  • Pass the Small Basic Exam
  • Be able to show your Pilot Certificate – Basic Operations and proof of registration when you fly

Advanced operations

If you meet any 1 of these conditions, you are conducting advanced operations:

  • controlled airspace
  • fly within 30 metres (100 feet) of bystanders (measured horizontally)
  • fly over bystanders

For advanced operations, here are some of the rules you must follow:

  • Register your drone with Transport Canada before you fly it for the first time
  • Mark your drone with its registration number
  • Pass the Small Advanced Exam
  • Pass a flight review with a flight reviewer
  • Fly within the operational limits of your drone
  • Requires a compliant/SAFE assured drone (currently most all consumer level drones do not meet this requirement, such as any DJI drone)

You can only use drones that meet the safety requirements for the operation you want to conduct. See tips on choosing the right drone before you fly.

Micro drones (under 250 grams) and drones that weigh more than 25 kilograms

Micro drones (under 250 grams) and drones that weigh more than 25 kilograms do not fall into the basic or advanced operations categories. If you have a micro drone, you must fly it away from aircraft and airports. Never put people, aircraft or property in danger. Only fly your drone where you can see it and avoid flying in clouds or fog. Always fly responsibly.

If your drone weighs over 25 kilograms or you want to fly outside the rules, you will need to get special permission from Transport Canada before you fly.

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