Current Drone Regulations in Canada

Drones are remarkable devices. They can hover in midair, do back flips and spins; they can maneuver smoothly and precisely through small spaces or in concert with other drones; and they can do all this while carrying things like a stabilized video camera and a multitude of other technologies on board. The extent of their versatility is what makes them a viable option for a number of different tasks. Drones can be deployed as weapons in far-away wars, or can help reinvent the way humanitarian aid is provided. Drones can help advance scientific research, or can perform tracking and monitoring and surveillance work. Drones are no longer exclusively for military use on the battlefield. They have been evolving into a more accessible tool that could eventually be put to various tasks domestically across North America. Drones do currently operate in limited circumstances in Canada, and their use is steadily on the rise.

Many people generally understand the term “drone” to describe an aircraft without an on-board pilot, or unmanned aircraft. In effect, the term “drone” is a catch-all term that refers to any vehicle that can operate on surfaces or in the air without a person on board to control it; and that can vary in size, shape, form, speed, and a whole host of other attributes.

Canada Drone Laws

  • Do NOT operate your drone in a reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life or property of any person
  • Any persons operating a drone must be a minimum of 18 years of age or at least 16 operating under the supervision of an academic institution.
  • Do NOT operate a drone if you have any reason to believe you may be fatigued or suffering from any other condition that may render you unfit to perform your duties.
  • You MUST maintain visual contact with your drone at all times, sufficient to be able to maintain operational control of the drone, know its location and be able to scan the airspace in which it is operating to decisively see and avoid other air traffic or objects.
  • You must receive permission from the property owner from the owner of the property on which the drone intends to take off/land on.
  • Respect others privacy – Avoid flying over private property or taking photos or videos without permission.
  • Do NOT operate your drone in populated areas or near large groups of people, including sporting events, concerts, festivals, and firework shows.
  • DO NOT operate your drone near moving vehicles, near highways, bridges, busy streets, or anywhere you could endanger or distract drivers.
  • Do NOT operate your drone over military bases, prisons, forest fires, or anywhere you could interfere with first responders.

All drones under operating for commercial purposes must carry proof of liability insurance coverage pertaining to the operation of the drone of no less than $100,000.

For more information go to the Government of Canada Website:

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