Drones, also known as UAVs, are some of the most advanced pieces of technology available on the market today. Originally designed for military use, drones are now popular in the agricultural industry, as tools in search and rescue missions, in filmmaking, and for recreational use.
In order to keep drone flying safe and enjoyable for everyone, certain laws and regulations have been put in place by Transport Canada. Here is some more information about the legal requirements of drone flying in Canada from the UAV specialists at OmniView Tech.
Current Legislation Regarding Drone Flying and Safety
The current rules regarding drone flying and safety in Canada come from two main pieces of federal legislation: The Canadian Aviation Regulations and The Criminal Code. Your provincial and municipal legislation regarding trespassing and security breaches may also be invoked, including your provincial or territorial Trespass Act.
Transport Canada can investigate reports of illegal or unsafe UAV use, and they also have the right to contact law enforcement if other laws (such as privacy or trespassing laws) have been violated. If you put aircraft at risk, fly in a prohibited zone, or endanger anyone’s safety, you could face the following consequences:
New UAV Regulations
Because UAVs are becoming more popular and accessible, Transport Canada is looking at ways to improve the current regulations around drone flying to make it applicable to the rapidly changing technology of UAVs. Proposed changes include:
New flight rules
Minimum age limits
Pilot permits for certain UAV operations
For recreational drone use (not commercial use), new guidelines have recently been implemented by the Ministry of Transportation. These new guidelines state that recreational drones may not fly:
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