The Canadian government’s new drone regulations go into effect this Thursday. Transport Canada, the agency introducing the regulations, cited the growing number of drone related incidents as a need for new drone laws in Canada. According to their statement, there were nearly 100 incidents involving irresponsible drone flights in 2015.
The laws go affect all recreational UAVs and model aircrafts, including drones, that weigh between 250 grams and 35 kilograms (0.55lbs – 77lbs). This weight limit includes almost every consumer drone currently on the market.
Transport Canada states that all drones must be marked with the operator’s contact information during all flights.
In addition to that, the other rules state that it is now illegal to:
- fly at night
- fly in the clouds
- fly above a height of 90 meters (295 feet)
- fly within 75 meters (246 feet) of any building, vehicle, or person
- fly within 9 kilometers (5.5 miles) of any airport or helipad – including those on building roofs
Failure to adhere to the new set of drone laws can result in fines of up to $3000. Interestingly, Transport Canada’s website has a form to report drone incidents if citizens were to see anyone flying irresponsibly.
Transport Canada does state, however, that those who operate drones for research, academic, or personal purposes will not be affected by the new laws. In this case, operators must apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate.
You can find out more information about the new drone laws on Transport Canada’s website.