On January 9, 2019, the Government of Canada announced its new drone regulations which will come into effect on June 1, 2019. The new regulations will apply to all drones between 250 grams and 25 kilograms that are flown for any purpose (there is no distinction between recreational and commercial use).
There are two primary categories of drone operations – basic and advanced – each with its own set of rules to follow. However, both categories require drone pilots to:
- register and mark the drone with its registration number
- pass an online exam and get a pilot certificate
- be a minimum age of 14 for basic and 16 for advanced operations, unless supervised by a person with proper certificates
- stay below 122 metres (400 feet) above ground level
- stay away from air traffic
- carry their pilot certificate and proof of registration during flights
You are considered to be conducting basic drone operations if you meet all three of the below conditions:
- you are flying your drone in uncontrolled airspace
- you are flying your drone over 30 metres (100 feet) horizontally from bystanders
- you are not flying your drone over bystanders
If you do not meet any one of the above conditions, you are conducting advanced operations. Read the requirements for advanced operations here.
Those who wish to fly drones that weigh more than 25 kilograms, or wish to operate outside the rules for basic or advanced operations, will require special permission from Transport Canada.
Violations of the new regulations could lead to serious penalties. Individuals could face fines up to $3,000 and businesses up to $25,000.
Additionally, you are prohibited from operating a drone within 12 hours of consuming alcohol.
For complete details of the new drone regulations, please see this Transport Canada webpage.
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