Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced new recreational drone regulations that will basically turn the previous #nodronezone guidelines into actual enforceable laws.
The rules, which are effective immediately, will mean recreational users will face a fine of up to $3,000 if drones are caught flying:
- 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.
- At a lateral distance of more than 1640 feet (500 m) from the person’s location.
The restrictions apply to drones weighting more than 250g up to 35kg. Any user who fails to comply with the new flying restrictions would face fines of up to $3,000.
RCMP & police will be working with Transport Canada inspectors to enforce the new rules.
Members of the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) in good standing who operate at MAAC sanctioned fields or events are not subject to these rules.
Infographic on new rules: http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/ca-opssvs/Infographic-New_rules_for_recreational_drone_users.pdf
Full Interim Order can be found here:
For a sense of the areas impacted, you can use the NRC UAV Site Selection Tool website: https://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/collaborative/civuas/uav_site_selection_tool.html