Canadian Drone Regulations


Canadian Drone Regulations – Updated as of 5/21/2015

NOTE: On 5/28/2015 Transport Canada issued an NPA which will likely further result in modifications in the next 90 days.

The Canadian Government website list the following DOs and DON’Ts for Canadian Drone Regulations:

  • Only fly your aircraft during daylight and in good weather (not in clouds or fog).
  • Always keep your aircraft in sight, where you can see it with your own eyes – not only through an on-board camera, monitor or smartphone.
  • Make sure your aircraft is safe for flight before take-off. Ask yourself, for example, are the batteries fully charged? Is it too cold to fly?
  • Know if you need permission to fly and when to apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate
  • Respect the privacy of others – avoid flying over private property or taking photos or videos without permission.
  • Don’t fly closer than 9 km from any airport, heliport, or aerodrome.
  • Don’t fly higher than 90 metres from above the ground.
  • Don’t fly closer than 150 metres from people, animals, buildings, structures, or vehicles.
  • Don’t fly in populated areas or near large groups of people, including sporting events, concerts, festivals, and firework shows.
  • Don’t fly near moving vehicles, avoid highways, bridges, busy streets or anywhere you could endanger or distract drivers.
  • Don’t fly within restricted airspace, including near or over military bases, prisons, and forest fires.
  • Don’t fly anywhere you may interfere with first responders

We will keep this updated as Canadian drone regulations evolve over time.

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