In light of my recent acquisition, I felt I should do the responsible thing and check out the Canadian Drone Rules. I found them on the Transport Canada web site and I have copied them here for future reference. For someone like me the rules seem reasonable and will have very little impact on how I intend to use my drone. Remember I am a nervous flyer, someone with more experience may feel very different. Regardless, the rules are in place for a reason and sadly, I would expect more restrictions in the future.
Rules for recreational drones
To fly a recreational drone (or model aircraft), you must follow the safety rules in the Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft.
Review these rules before flying a drone for fun, if the drone weighs over 250 g and under 35 kg. If your drone is 250 g or less, read our tips for flying safe.
Following the safety rules helps keep people, aircraft and property safe. If you fly where you are not allowed or you break the rules below, you could be fined up to $3,000.
Fly your drone:
- below 90 m above the ground
- at least 30 m away from vehicles, vessels and the public (if your drone weighs over 250 g and up to 1 kg)
- at least 75 m away from vehicles, vessels and the public (if your drone weighs over 1 kg and up to 35 kg)
- at least 5.5 km away from aerodromes (any airport, seaplane base or area where aircraft take off and land)
- at least 1.8 km away from heliports or aerodromes used by helicopters only
- outside of controlled or restricted airspace
- at least 9 km away from a natural hazard or disaster area
- away from areas where its use could interfere with police or first responders
- during the day and not in clouds
- within your sight at all times
- within 500 m of yourself
- only if clearly marked with your name, address and telephone number
You are exempt from these rules if you are at a field or event approved by the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada.
You can get the full breakdown at Flying your drone safely and legally