Know the rules

Drone restrictions and regulations in Canada have become quite a bothersome topic. Every province, state, or even Country overseas are pushing their own restrictions. With all the regulations that the government is imposing are we going to have to get a drone license?

Will we be forced to fly indoors?

When the government sees a new trend forming. Do they push restrictions for just another money grab. Or do their restrictions help keep people safe?

These are the questions I’m going to be answering, and I think you might be surprised at what I find.

Canadian Drone Regulations – Recreational & Commercial

In Canada, flying your drone is legal but the Government requires you follow their rules and regulations before takeoff. The (TCCA) Transport Canada Civil Aviation, asks that you be aware of and comply to their regulations. The following rules are currently in effect.

New rules will take effect on June 1, 2019. The rules are as follows, If you’re flying a drone that weighs less than 250 grams (.55 pounds),

Below 90 meters (295 feet) above the ground, you must fly at least 30 meters (98 feet) away from vehicles, vessels and the public.

If your drone weighs over 250 grams (.55 pounds) and up to 1 kilograms).You must fly at least 76 meters (250 feet) away.

You must fly at least 5.6 kilometers (3.5 miles) away from aerodromes (any airport, seaplane base or area where aircraft take off and land)., and at least 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles) away from heliports or aerodromes used by helicopters only.

When flying outside of controlled or restricted airspace. They require you to fly at least 9 kilometers (5.5 miles) away from a natural hazard or disaster area. Interfering with police and first re ponders is a definite no go, and you can’t fly into any clouds.

When flying for work, you must, obtain a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) from the TCAA unless they meet the strict safety conditions of the TCAA’s exemptions. No matter what your drone is coming with a lot of rules attached to it.

Special Zones for Drones

There are “no zones” where the Government restricts you from flying your drone. These places include around your local airport, or aerodrome. Flying your drone in busy, populated areas is also a “no go.”

If you plan to go to a national park, don’t bring your drone cause that’s a “no go” as well. Over border crossings is a huge one. \if you violate any of these laws your looking at fines upwards of $3000 and possibly jail time.

Determining if you are Beginner or Advanced

There are three conditions that “if you meet them you are considered a beginner.”

You fly in uncontrolled airspace and fly 30 meters from by standards, or never fly over by standards.

When you meet these three qualifications, They say you are a beginner.

Now, on the other hand if you meet any of these three conditions, your are considered “advanced.”You want to fly in controlled airspace, and fly over and 30 meters over by standards. The reason why I talk to you about beginner and advanced is they both have different standards of flying.

I won’t name them all, so here’s a few. For basic operations you need a “pilot certificate,” and be able to show the certificate on demand. Pilots wanting an advanced pilot certificate need to pass a small exam, and in person flight review.


Well my goal here if not to deter you from getting a drone. My goal is to keep you informed. And up to date with everything required to fly your drone.

If you fly everyday like me you won’t let “some rules and regulations” stop you. Flying drones for me started out in the beginner stage and eventually I worked my way up to advanced. I will always continue to fly.

No matter how many rules or regulations are put in place. I want to ask you? What are you willing to do about what you are passionate about and love to do?

Will you go the extra mile and jump through the proverbial hoops to do what you love? If you have a comment feel free to leave it below. This is always encouraged at Dronefied. The Sky Is The Limit!


2 Responses

  1. Xaric says:

    I have planned a trip to Canada next month and I would take my drone with me to record some of the amazing natural sceneries there.

    I had no idea about Canada having drone restrictions until a friend of mine who has lived in Canada informed me. Thank you for letting me know in order to be aware and not end up in jail there 😛


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