‘Increased risk to aviation safety’: New rules introduced for recreational drone use in Canada

Credit: financialpost.com

Recreational drone users in Canada now face additional restrictions when practicing their hobby, as a result of new regulations announced by Canadian Federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau in Toronto during a press conference last week.


“I take very seriously the increased risk to aviation safety and to people on the ground caused by drones. That is why I am proceeding with this measure which takes effect immediately — to enhance the safety of aviation and the public while we work to bring into force permanent regulations,” said Garneau in a statement.


Canadian government moves to regulate drone use


The rules, which are effective immediately, result in recreational drone users facing a fine of up to $3,000 if caught violating them. 


Garneau also said that these rules are designed to curb the number of near-misses between drones and commercial aircraft, which have reportedly doubles between 2014 and 2016. Transport Canada recently revealed that there have been 148 reported incidents involving drones in 2016, an increased from the 85 incidents in 2015 and the 41 in 2014.


The new Canadian drone regulations are as follows:



  • Drones can’t be flown higher than 90 metres

  • Within 75 metres of buildings, vehicles or people

  • At night

  • Within nine kilometres of somewhere aircraft take off or land

  • Without contact information marked on the drone itself

  • Over forest fires, emergency response scenes or controlled airspace.



Many of these new rules existed as guidelines prior to this announcement. Now, however, they’re enforceable by law and have a strict penalty attached to them when violated. These regulations only apply to recreational drones of more than 250g and up to 35kg.


Those using drones for commercial or academic research purposes still need to obtain a special certificate called a ‘Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC).







“The RCMP encourages recreational drone users to be responsible when operating in public places. We encourage all drone operators to think about the safety of those around them, and follow the new regulations at all times,” said chief superintendent Eric Stubbs of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, in a statement.


It’s worth noting that members of the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) that fly drones at MAAC sanctioned fields or events, are not subject to these new rules.


Drone Manufactures Alliance says new rules will stifle innovation


DJI, one of the industries biggest drone manufacturers, recently forward a statement from the Drone Manufacturers Alliance, following the release of these new regulations. While the Drone Manufacturers Alliance admits that these regulations will improve safety overall, it believes that these new rules will hurt innovation and stall growth. The organization also emphasizes that there has never been a confirmed collision between a “civilian drone and a traditional aircraft.”


“The Drone Manufacturers Alliance, the organization representing manufacturers of the majority of civilian drones, believes new drone regulations announced today by Transport Canada will provide a negligible increase in safety while sharply curtailing the ability of Canadians to explore and photograph their country and teach their children about science and technology,” said the statement form the Drone Manufacturers Alliance.


On the other side of the spectrum, Drone Delivery Canada said it supports the Canadian governments new regulations on recreational drone use.


“Right now those regulations are lagging behind the progress that is being made. We want to join forces and work together with government so that we are no longer operating in a regulatory, legal and ethical vacuum,” said Richard Buzbuzian, president of Drone Delivery Canada.


A full list of the new safety rules for recreational drone use are located on the Government of Canada’s website.


MobileSyrup is a Canadian-focused tech site dedicated to providing the latest news & reviews on smartphones, tablets, wearables, IoT, VR, gaming and automotive.




Daily Deal

Top Stories

Gene lottery: Why you might not leave as much money to your heirs as you hope

Return variability, taxes and unbridled spending are just a few of things that make it hard to share the wealth with future generations of your family
  • 1 day ago
  • 12

Shippers are worried the potential CN Rail strike will quickly hurt business and want Ottawa to step in

A strike would result in missed sales by exporters and commodity shipments arriving late to port, racking up higher costs, said freight association president Bob Ballantyne
  • 17 hours ago
  • 10

Benefits of Solo Oil’s helium investment highlighted by recent oil and gas price volatility

European-based Solo Oil plc (AIM: SOLO) recently confirmed that the company had taken the decision not to exercise its option to acquire a further 10% of Helium One. When the agreement to acquire the initial 10% interest was negotiated in March, there was an option for Solo to acquire a further 10% interest within 90 […] The post Benefits of Solo Oil’s helium investment highlighted by recent oil and gas price volatility appeared first on Finfeed.com.
  • 1 day ago
  • 9

Shares in 88 Energy rally as production liner fitting successfully completed

88 Energy (ASX: 88E) provided a promising update in relation to its Icewine#2 drilling campaign located onshore North Slope of Alaska on Monday morning. As a backdrop, an operations update released last week contained mixed news in that a positive outcome had been achieved with regard to wireline logging, but there had been a problem […] The post Shares in 88 Energy rally as production liner fitting successfully completed appeared first on Finfeed.com.
  • 1 day ago
  • 9

Consultation on binary options ban closes in Quebec and Alberta

FinanceFeeds - This is the second time since the start of the year that Quebec consults on a binary options ban. The post Consultation on binary options ban closes in Quebec and Alberta appeared first on FinanceFeeds.
  • 20 hours ago
  • 9

Latest in Financial

The 10 Highest-Paid CEOs

With a little help from the 'Trump Bump'
  • 31 minutes ago

President Trump Criticizes Germany in Tweet Amid Tensions with Merkel

Trump's tweet comes after critical comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • 31 minutes ago

Jessica Chastain Blasts Cannes Films for Their ‘Disturbing’ Representation of Women

It's evidence that Hollywood needs "more female storytellers," she said.
  • 31 minutes ago

John McCain: President Trump Has ‘Unsettled’ Americans and Our Allies

The Arizona senator told the Australian crowd that he understood why they were unsettled.
  • 31 minutes ago

Bond proxies at risk – RBC

The traditional relationship between so-called bond proxies and bonds themselves has broken down
  • 41 minutes ago

Scotiabank wraps up Big Five banks’ stellar results with 30% surge in net income

All of Canada’s five biggest banks — including RBC, TD Bank, BMO and CIBC — reported higher second-quarter profits, in spite of fears about the health of the country’s housing market
  • 41 minutes ago

Alberta’s budget deficits proportionately larger than Ontario’s across recessions: Fraser Institute

The report says Albert deficits over the last three years amount to $6,835 per person, while Ontario’s deficits for three years following the financial crisis totalled $3,864
  • 2 hours ago

Are we witnessing the Tulip Mania of the 21st century?

FinanceFeeds - May the 17th century tulip mania teach us anything about the recent changes in Bitcoin prices? Paul Orford makes a point on history repeating itself. The post Are we witnessing the Tulip Mania of the 21st century? appeared first on FinanceFeeds.
  • 2 hours ago

Grammy Winner Ne-Yo Backs Summer Software Camp for Kids

The R&B star will also mentor the selected students.
  • 3 hours ago

Denny’s Adds Digital Ordering to the Menu

Restaurant chains are increasingly going mobile to lure customers.
  • 3 hours ago

Five things you should know before you start your work day on May 30

Good morning! Husky green lights a $2.2 billion offshore project in a "motivated" Newfoundland, and an economic forecast says the Western provinces are expected to fuel economic growth. These stories and more in your morning cheat sheet to the Financial Post
  • 4 hours ago

The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 30

A must-read for every global businesswoman.
  • 5 hours ago