Here's a look at Canada's New Drone Laws

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This looks like the end of recreational drone use in Canada. Unbelievably overly restrictive use laws. Makes it almost impossible to fly anywhere for enjoyment.


Canada released new regulations for flying recreational drones this morning.

The rules apply to noncommercial drone operators flying aircraft weighing between 250 grams (about half a pound) and 35 kilograms (77 pounds). Violators can face fines up to $3,000 Canadian, or about $2,248 U.S.

That’s almost 60 percent higher than fines in the U.S., where it tops out at $1,414.

Before these new rules, Canada had a set of guidelines for flying recreational drones safely, but there were no penalties for not following them, Canada’s Transportation Minister Marc Garneau said in a press conference today.


Under the new recreational drone rules, you can’t fly:

  • Higher than 90 meters (300 ft.) above the ground
  • At a distance of more than 500 meters (1,640 ft.) from the operator
  • Within 75 meters (246 ft.) of buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people or crowds
  • At night or in the clouds
  • Within 9 km (5.6 miles) from the center of an airport or other facility where aircraft takeoff or within 9 km of forest fires
  • If your drone doesn’t have your name, address and telephone number labeled on the aircraft
  • In a way that interferes with first responders or police
Canada’s new rules are more restrictive than U.S. recreational drone regulations, which allow for flying up to 400 feet, don’t have a set distance restriction for flying near buildings and allow for recreational flying at night.
 
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Most of the "rules" are basically the same as the "guidelines" that were in place already, but now they have given the RCMP the tools to take action against anyone who dosnt follow the rules. Having to put your contact info on the drone and not flying at nite to my knowledge are the only changes. And now you only have to stay 75m away from people,buildings etc, before it was 150m, but you were still prohibited from flying over up built areas, which constitutes city limits and the like. And legally now you can fly 500m distance which before the "guideline"was clear visual range by the naked eye. Pretty much no flying in city limits or populated areas or events for recreational pilots.
 

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Thank you for posting. This topic is already going in an existing thread located at:

Recreational drone now illegal in most of Canada...

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