Canada Drone Laws (2019)

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Img 1: Aerial Photography In Canada

Contents

  1. General Canada Drone Laws
  2. Drone Permits In Canada
  3. Brining Your Drone On Airplanes Guide
  4. Buying Drones In Canada
  5. Drone Travel Guide Articles
  6. Contact Information For Questions

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General Canada Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Canada, but there are several drone laws that need to be followed when flying in the country. Operators must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Canada if their drone weighs more than 250 grams. Failure to do so can result in penalties as high as $3,000. You must be registered to fly your drone after June 01st, 2019.

  • Your drone must have an information card attached to it with your name, address, and contact information
  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Do not fly your drone higher than 90 meters
  • Do not fly your drone past line of sight, below 122 metres (400 feet) in the air
  • Do not fly your drone within 75 meters of buildings, people, or vehicles not associated with the operation of the drone
  • Respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone over within 9km of any airport, seaplane airport or in areas where aircraft are operating
  • Do not fly your drone within 1.8km of any heliport
  • Do not fly your drone in restricted areas
  • Do not fly your drone within 9km of a forest fire, Do not fly your drone where you could interfere with first responders in an emergency.
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
  • Do not fly your drone in sensitive areas including government or military facilities.

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

All drones or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) with a maximum takeoff weight of 250 grams (g) up to and including 25 kilograms (kg) must be registered. Required for recreational drone use.

If you are a foreign operator (that is, you are not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a corporation incorporated by or under federal or provincial and you want to fly in Canadian airspace), you must have an approved Special Flight Operations Certificate to fly a drone for any purpose (recreational, work or research)

Pilots can register their drone through the Drone Management Portal.

If you fly an unregistered drone, you may be fined $1,000 for a person and $5,000 for a corporation.

Please adhere to the above General Canada Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

A permit is required for commercial drone use in Canada.

If you are a foreign operator (that is, you are not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a corporation incorporated by or under federal or provincial and you want to fly in Canadian airspace), you must have an approved Special Flight Operations Certificate to fly a drone for any purpose (recreational, work or research)

Pilots can register their drone through the Drone Management Portal.

If you fly an unregistered drone, you may be fined $1,000 for a person and $5,000 for a corporation.

Please Contact us if you wish support for more information. (What Is Commercial Drone Use?)

Bringing Your Drone On Airplanes Guide

For a detailed guide to bringing your drone on airplanes click here. All drones should be brought on carry on luggage if possible. This is because according to the Montreal Convention, airlines are only liable for losses up to ~$1,000 USD. When traveling internationally, theft and lost luggage can be common issues, particularly if your flight has many connections. If your drone is worth more than $1,000 USD and you cannot bring it onto the plane you should consider shipping it with DHL, Fedex, or UPS instead and fully insure the shipment.

You should NOT place drone batteries in your checked baggage. All drone batteries should be placed in a Medium Size Lipo Battery Bag like the one shown here in the link and brought onto the plane in your carry on bag. Lithium-ion batteries are considered “dangerous goods” by airlines and rules surrounding these batteries on planes are EXTREMELY strict due to multiple incidents of these batteries catching fire. Failure to properly pack lithium-ion batteries in a bag such as the one shown in the link above can result in the airline seizing them, you getting fined, or being denied boarding.

Here is some video footage shot by Man and Drone when flying a drone in Canada.

Buying Drones In Canada

Read all of our Canada Drone Laws, and now looking for drones, parts, accessories, or something else? Read our guide for Buying Drones In Canada. It includes information on drones for sale in Canada, import taxes, payment options, and shipping.

Drone Travel Guide

Canada drone laws are up to date as of June 03, 2019. Please email [email protected] , or click “leave a message” at the bottom right of the screen if you have any questions or comments.