Drone Laws in Canada

A list of drone regulations and links for drone pilots in Canada

Canadian Regulations Overview:


Is a registration necessary?

You need to have Registration.

Recreational use of drones allowed?

It is recommended.

Is drone insurance mandatory?

It is recommended.

Commercial use of drones permitted?

Yes, but with conditions.

Does the drone need a badge?


Maximum Altitude:

122 metters

Respect the privacy of other people

Don’t forget this rule.

Not allowed drones near airports

Stay away from Arports.

Drone laws in Canada


When you decide travel and fly your drone in Canada you need to be inform about the drone regulations about this. Always read the latest rules and information on the official web pages.

Main responsive authorities


 [email protected]

+1 800 305 2059

Drone laws in Canada:

  • Drones with weight 250g – 25kg must have Registration. This registration can be done here. Note there is a fee – 5$ . After get registered your drone have to be marked.

  • Penalties – If your drone fly unregistered you may get $1,000 for a person. If you are a corporation – it will be and $5,000. Be careful and avoid any penalties. If you get some you will loose happy mood for flying your drone.

  • Drone Management Portal – You can use it to register your drone.

  • Get Certificate for your drone – visit this web page. When you register you have to choose witch kind of pilot you are- Basic or Advanced. Two types of registrations have different usages. The registration if fast process – but you need to provide follow: purchase date (if applicable) , all specifications of the drone – serial number, weight, date of make, model. On the Drone Management Portal you should choose type of security options : a Government of Canada login (GCKey) or your online banking login (sign-in partner). Here you can read mush about this two options.

  • Always keep visual eye contact with the drone. This is basic and main rule.

  • The MAX high is 122 meters above the ground.

  • Forest fires areas – try to avoid them.

  • Big sport and cultural events – stay away of them.

  • Airports and Military facilities – keep distance to them. 5.6 km is the minimum distance to Airports and 1.9 km to heliports.

  • Keep privacy of people and private properties.

Canada Drone rules Basic and Advanced Drone Operations:

Basic Operations:

            • Fly your drone in uncontrolled airspace.

            • Fly your drone more than 30 meters from bystanders.

            • You never fly your drone over bystanders

For all Basic operations the drone pilot must get Pilot Certificate- Basic Operations and be able to proof that.

Advanced Operations:
                            You intend to fly over bystanders.
                            You intend to fly less than 30 meters from bystanders.
                            You intend to fly in controlled areas.

For All Advanced operations the drone pilot must get a Pilot Certificate – Advanced Operations. This certificate is given after passing a little exam and a short review. This will check the pilot skills. The pilot need to declare also the zone where want to fly.

All important information for “No Drone Zones” in Canada – you can find here.

In Canada there are “No Drone zones” – where is illegal to fly. These zone are also unsafe.

              All National Parks.
              In ares with a lot of people.
              Over all border crossings.
              All Airports and Airdromes – around all of them.

We advise you to check and read always the official websites for newest TCCA drone laws in Canada or of the countries where you will fly your drone. For Canada the official website for this is here – TCCA website.

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