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New Canadian Drone Regulations

Effective June 1, 2019, Transport Canada has new rules for flying drones in Canada. These new regulations hope to enhance predictability for businesses and improve the safety from drone operations relating to aviation and the Canadian public.  

The new regulations distinguish between basic and advanced operations and require all drones that weigh more than 250 g to be registered with Transport Canada and drone pilots operating those drone to obtain a 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. 

On May 22, Erika Carrasco, head of the Emerging Technology Group hosted an in-depth workshop in Calgary regarding the new regulations and the legal implications for both recreation and commercial drone operations in Canada. If you missed the event or are interested in future events, other updates or advice relating to drone law, please subscribe here or contact Erika directly.