New Recreational Drone Flying Laws in Canada
There has recently been a release of new recreational drone flying laws in Canada. If you’re flying for fun, read up on these laws and save yourself a huge fine of up to $3,000!
These laws apply for drones that weight more than 250g and do not exceed 35kg. At this size, users do not need special permission from Transport Canada to fly.
Do NOT fly your drone:
- higher than 90m above the ground.
- closer than 75m from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds
- closer than 9km from any aerodrome i.e. airport, heliport, seaplane base, or any place that an aircraft takes-off and lands.
- within a controlled or restricted airspace
- within 9km of a forest fire
- anywhere it is possible to interfere with police or emergency services
- at night or through clouds
- if you cannot see your drone
It is also in the drone flying laws to clearly display your name, phone number, and address on your drone.
These laws are put in place in order to prevent interference with emergency services, aircrafts, and property. Please respect them and enjoy your airtime!
Flying drones is a great summer activity! Here are some tips for flying:
- Keep your drone where you can see it with your own eyes. Limit the use of watching your drone through an onboard camera, monitor, or smartphone. This will reduce the risk of any accidents.
- Fly your drone during daylight, and in good weather to avoid damage to your drone.
- Always check the batteries and weather before your drone takes off. You don’t want to forget in case the batteries die mid-flight or the weather takes an unexpected turn and causes a flight issue.
- Respect the privacy of others. Do not take photos/videos of property or people without permission.