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New Canadian Drone Regulations

On January 9, 2019, Transport Canada published new rules for flying drones in Canada to enhance predictability for businesses, improve the security of aviation and ensure our airspace is safe for everyone.  

The new regulations distinguish between basic and advanced operations and require drones of a certain size to be registered with Transport Canada and drone pilots to get a drone pilot certificate. The regulations also prohibit reckless or negligent operation of a drone and those who break the rules can face fines up to $25,000 or jail time. The rules apply to Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)/drones that weigh between 250 grams and 25 kilograms.

A summary of the new rules that come into effect on June 1, 2019, can be found on the Transport Canada website. Until June 1, drone pilots should continue to follow the existing rules. 

How will the changes to RPAS/drone regulations affect your business?

The Emerging Technology team at Field Law will be presenting a workshop in May 2019 to help business owners and other users of RPAS understand the new regulations and navigate the legal landscape for drone use including contractual, insurance, privacy, and intellectual property issues.

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