Canadian drone laws 2019

canadian drone laws

Drone laws can be unclear to new pilots and even some prepared pilots. So, lets have a look at the drone laws from Canada. This article intends to aid all drone pilots, beginner or experienced, fly risk-free and keep safe.

New drone laws are coming to Canada from the 1st of June. The following laws are not the current laws but are going to be relevant from the 1st of June so read on if you want to know the newest laws on drones in Canada.

United States drone laws 2019

Legal requirements when flying

– If you haven’t flown a drone before I recommend taking a look at, Part IX – Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. It contains rules and regulations that need to be followed when piloting a drone
– Drone pilots must carry a valid drone pilot certificate and only fly drones that are marked and registered
– You must respect the privacy of others when flying

Before you fly

– Get a drone pilot certificate
– Choose the right drone if you want to perform advanced operations
– Register your drone
– Follow your drone manufacturer’s instructions
– And of course survey the area where you will fly

While flying

– Keep below 122 metres (400 ft) in the air
– Stay a minimum of 30 metres from bystanders
– Keep away from airports and helicopters
– 5.6 KM from airports
– 1.9 KM from helicopters

Fines for individuals

– up to $1,000 for flying without a drone pilot certificate
– up to $1,000 for flying unregistered or unmarked drones
– up to $1,000 for flying where you are not allowed
– up to $3,000 for putting aircraft and people at risk

Fines for corporations

– up to $5,000 for flying without a drone pilot certificate
– up to $5,000 for flying unregistered or unmarked drones
– up to $5,000 for flying where you are not allowed
– up to $15,000 for putting aircraft and people at risk

If you break more than one rule, you could receive multiple penalties.

Small Print

The drone laws are forever changing and the authorities don’t always make it clear and easy to understand for all. This article will update when new laws or any changes that are important are made.

If you are looking for more information, have any questions or would just like to have a chat feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch via our social media accounts.


Josh Spires and dronenr. cannot be held accountable for any consequences that you are faced with in connection to this article. This article is more of a guide to loosely follow if you aren’t sure of anything always check the CA website.

Josh Spires

CEO & Founder at dronenr.
Josh started out in the drone community in 2012, starting a drone news Twitter account. Over the years Josh has interacted and helped out various companies and started his own drone-related company, dronenr. Josh now spends his days writing drone content for various websites as well as pursuing his business dronenr.
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