Canada Enacts New Safety Rules for Recreational Drone Use

Marc Garneau

Yesterday the the Honorable Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Transport, launched the next relating to new security guidelines for the leisure drone use in Canada.

Canadians count on to really feel protected on the bottom and within the sky. The variety of incidents involving leisure drones has greater than tripled since 2014, prompting the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport to introduce a measure to stop the reckless use of drones that’s placing the security of Canadians in danger.

Today at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, within the presence of airport, airline and pilot representatives, Minister Garneau introduced an instantaneous measure which can have an effect on the operations of mannequin plane and leisure drones of greater than 250 g and as much as 35 kg. Minister Garneau was joined by representatives of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Toronto Police Force.

The key new guidelines are that leisure drone operators should mark their drone with their contact info, and will not fly:

  • increased than 90 metres;
  • at night time;
  • inside 75 metres of buildings, autos or folks; or
  • inside 9 kilometres of the centre of any airport, heliport, aerodrome or water aerodrome the place plane take off and land.

Operators of drones for business, tutorial or analysis functions aren’t affected by this measure. The guidelines which are already in place are efficient and most business customers function their drones in a protected method.

Any leisure operator who fails to adjust to the brand new flying restrictions and circumstances may very well be topic to fines of as much as $three,000. Call 911 or your native regulation enforcement company instantly in case you witness unlawful drone use.

Please go to to be taught extra concerning the new guidelines, and updates on the division’s progress on drones.

“I take very seriously the increased risk to aviation safety and to people on the ground caused by drones. That is why I am proceeding with this measure which takes effect immediately—to enhance the safety of aviation and the public while we work to bring into force permanent regulations.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau                                       
Minister of Transport

“The RCMP encourages recreational drone users to be responsible when operating in public places. We encourage all drone operators to think about the safety of those around them, and follow the new regulations at all times.”

Chief Superintendent Eric Stubbs
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Quick Facts

  • The new security guidelines will:
    • Be in impact for a interval of as much as one yr to supply larger security for operators and the general public till everlasting rules are put in place: and
    • Introduce a option to implement compliance instantly.

Recreational drone customers are accountable for studying the way to fly their drone safely and legally and to adjust to the brand new guidelines.

Members of the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) in good standing who function at MAAC sanctioned fields or occasions aren’t topic to those guidelines.

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