5 Canadian Drone Rules You NEED To Know

5 Canadian Drone Rules You NEED To Know

With the new Canadian drone rules came updated penalties for breaking those rules. Break a rule and the fine could be up to $1,000* so it pays to know the rules and play within them. In this video I go over 5 of the new rules, which I think would be the first things you would get asked for if you were challenged by a Peace Officer or other authority. Things like recency requirements, documentation, operating manuals, registration and more. Hopefully by watching this video and applying a little preparation you can save yourself some heartache down the road.

Canadian drone regulations only apply to drones with a takeoff weight of 250g up to and including 25kg, so sub-250g drones line the DJI Mini line are exempt from nearly all these regulations.

Best place to start for drone information in Canada – http://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/drone-safety.html

Visitors to Canada need a Special Flight Operations Certificate to fly here. Everything you need to know is here – http://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/drone-safety/get-permission-fly-drone-outside-rules.html

*NOTE: In the video I say the “minimum” fine is $1000. This is inaccurate. $1000 is the maximum.

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  1. Poetry on a Cracker on April 16, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    I live in Texas, U.S. – I have a sUAS license here and now have a Canadian basic RPAS license. I am 2 wrong answers away from passing the Advanced test. I work for a utility company that crosses the U.S. / Canadian border. SFOC may not be a timely option if I can get advanced RPAS license.

  2. F&T Kinsella on April 16, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    I see drones just flying off the shelf now. NOT!

  3. 5K-FCR on April 16, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    What document I need to study to pass the basic drone pilot test? Is that document freely available? I don’t won’t to go to a formal school and take course. Thank you!

  4. Bret Galbraith on April 16, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    I have a ryze tello drone ? It’s well under a 100 grams ? Do I need to register this or is it considered a toy ?

  5. Alphabet 7 on April 16, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    WTF? Even with my mini 2?

  6. Les Ens on April 16, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    You do not need a license to fly a drone in Canada that is under 250 grams.

  7. Robert Campbell on April 16, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Welcome to Canada …the country that prides itself on over regulation and nonsense laws. There are other new rules that make it impossible to fly anywhere without breaking some rule or other. The regulators that allowed this nonsense to come into force should be prosecuted; no citizen should ever be put in a position where he is breaking a law through no fault of his own. And the fines…you don’t get those for drunk driving…wtf

  8. Keith Morrison on April 16, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    with all the rule we might as well buy ultralight aircraft instead, bunch a old farts make up these rules.

  9. DEADLAND GAMER on April 16, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Hey Steve I have a DJI mini 2 and I’m going to banff and Jasper next summer, so my question is that can i fly my drone in banff national Park for my video ??

  10. Anh-Tu Phuc-Hoang / Derrick. on April 16, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    cool info

  11. Mark 2 Navales on April 16, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Hi I have a question I have a mavic air 2. Do I need a license and do I have to register it? Cause I just drive my drone for fun only. I hope u answer

  12. NM on April 16, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    I have read on the Transportation of Canada website that a drone under 250g DOES NOT require a licence nor a registration. Am I correct? And if I am correct, why are you making a licence for a spark?

  13. Ron Davis on April 16, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    Following theses stupid "RULES" IS NOT HOW YOU CHANGE THEM.

  14. Erin Grace on April 16, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    its not a minimum of $1000, its up to $1000 unless you have multiple charges

  15. Philippe Lavoie on April 16, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Steve. Great video. I just passed my basic exam and I want to make sure I do everything right when I fly. After watching Peter Mckinnon’s video about drone laws I kind of freaked out a bit. His drone pilot mentions 2 things I am not sure about. 1) He says you need to establish your general flight plan. Do you use NAV Canada’s app and does that count as your flight plan? 2) He says you have to be in constant contact with air traffic control during flight. Do you do that? I think this is not necessary if you’re not in controlled air space but have not been able to confirm this 100% after searching through CAR’s text. Thanks!

  16. Derek Cadzow on April 16, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    I’m confused… the graphic at 0:09 says up to $1000, and then your dialogue says "minimum $1000 fine". What am I missing?

  17. BIG STR on April 16, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    I was going to buy a eachine wizard fpv drone, but with this darn rule I might just buy an eachine novice iii since its under 250g.😑

  18. Fletcher Madden on April 16, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Minimum $1,000 fine or maximum $1,000 fine?

  19. Primetheus on April 16, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    is this still current?

  20. tarana Kathak on April 16, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Hey I want to know more about drone repairing opportunity also can you help please

  21. Philippe Lavoie on April 16, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Hi again, I wanted to say regarding the logs, I intend to use the DJI app as my log and I think it covers the requirements well. It keeps track of everything in detail, you can even play back your flight. In terms of maintenance, I guess I will take note of anything meaningful but other than replacing propellers, I’m not sure what I’d write down. Have you used your maintenance log and what have you written down in it? Thanks again!

  22. mariam alsaid on April 16, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    It is very useful information. I’d like to know how to get a drone license do I have to have training or a course please let me know thank you so much

  23. Sunny Mei on April 16, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    I have a friend who’s a teenager, can he still fly he drone?

  24. Ronald jose Carvajal Ramirez on April 16, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Hello Steve, i’m international student in Montreal quebec, I want to Buy a dji air 2S, but I would like to know if I can fly it or I have to do the courses and registrations?

  25. Jay Amarillo on April 16, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    the government:
    Oh you just made some hard-earned money? There’s a tax for that. And you also happen to have a hobby? Well, you have to complete a course and apply for a license. And yes, there’s a fee for that, which means there’s also a tax for the fee.

  26. Ron Davis on April 16, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Canadian Rules are the most ignorant in the entire world.

  27. 0623kaboom on April 16, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    cold weather drone flying outside of the manufacturers guidelines is ok IF you can demonstrate it is still safe to do so and all normal regulations are still observed with the exception of the temperature … so when you log your cold weather flight make sure to include a review of flight performance and any regulations NOT adhered to … and what safety precautions were implemented or circumvented … essentially prove in your log it was a safe flight below manufacturers specified limits but within operational flight safety and regulations otherwise.

  28. Canada DroneXPLORE on April 16, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing the rules! 👏🏻👏🏻 gladly this Does not applies to my mavic mini 😅😅

  29. Eslet Pena on April 16, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Yep and that’s why I am not going to buy one.

  30. Drone Videography Production on April 16, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Steve! I subscribed to your channel a few months ago and I really enjoy your videos and your tutorials. I have a question regarding flying over traffic… Is it legal in Canada? I have a hard time finding the answer. Seems like it’s illegal in the USA… Thank you!

  31. Napoleon Blownapart on April 16, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    What is the diference legally between a rc planes/helicopter and a drone?

  32. R M on April 16, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Alright more reasons for Canadians to move to the States! Keep it up Canada! At this rate, there will be nobody left to implement insanely high taxes on lmao

  33. Michael Pontiac on April 16, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    No. Get it right . It is not a minimum of 1000 dollars, It’s up to 1000 dollars. Time stamp at 11 seconds.

  34. Phrosty on April 16, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    You only need to register if the drone is over 250g. Just get a DJI Mini 2 and you are exempt from that rule. It weighs in at 249g

  35. Sandor Fekete on April 16, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    I don’t think any of this applies to sub 250g drones, flown for recreational purposes.

  36. Leon RV on April 16, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    You have written so many rules and regulations that you yourself do not understand what is possible or not.

  37. Guayabito on April 16, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    OMG, flight crew? flight log? whoever read those rules would thing you are flying a Boeing or an Airbus. what a bunch of nonsense!!! talk about government control and overreach.

  38. Erin Grace on April 16, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    you don’t need a license if your drone is less than 250g , you’re providing alot of scewed information in your video

  39. Teddy Rasputin on April 16, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks for this. I’m looking at drones to possibly survey prospective sites for an upcoming residential rural build. Sweet Christmas, there’s a lot of restrictions. I’ve got my RPAL, and drivers licenses. Some of these requirements are more onerous & restrictive than I would have thought possible for small drones. Well, safety first.

  40. Ajay Jose on April 16, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Can i upload drone footage from mini 2 to a Youtube channel i am planning to create. I dont have license or its not registered since its under 250g. The footage may contain flying over moving traffic..Parks etc..

  41. mike leone on April 16, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    I thought when I turn 14 and can get the basic license I thought it would be fun. Luckily I want to fly a plane so I can learn both at once.

  42. Walter White on April 16, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Have you ever been questioned by any authority while flying your drones? I have just got a mini 2, and it seems like I am exempt from alot of these except the 122M height restriction, although it’s not very clear on that. But I guess I can fly over bystanders and within 30M?Line of sight is another one, it can be 400M away at 120M and it is literally impossible to see so is this breaking the rules technically? Obviously the one that makes the most sense is stay out of controlled airspace, which is a no brainer.

    Just wondering if you have ever had to prove yourself to any authority, I would hope that as long as your flying safe and with common sense the law will leave you alone, but I would rather be prepared then pay a 1000$ fine for flying something that weights less then a bird.

  43. saurabh kori on April 16, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    So I need all these if I buy air 2s?

  44. mic ll on April 16, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Between 250g to 25 kg , if you are not doing any commercial / business, you just need a $5 registration, no training, no log needed. Am I right?

  45. D M on April 16, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    well that’s yet another hobby down the tubes in canada

  46. jamage productions on April 16, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    more regs than getting a fire-arm, nice, outreg the toys so they basically are semi outlawed,
    congrats Canada, you’re sooooo intelligent at these things, gaddam BRILLIANT, man.
    Be well, be REAL.

  47. Jeff Paggett on April 16, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Got it, I am doing NONE of this. 🙂

  48. Gabriel Las Heras on April 16, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I bouht a Novice IV from China and it will come in soon. It’s a race drone under 250g with battery. This rules aren’t work for this kind of drone, right? Thanks for your video.

  49. Andrew on April 16, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Does this apply to my 70$ Walmart quad

  50. Auden Wu on April 16, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    is there any way I can fly my drone outside of my sight but with a fpv camera for longer distances?

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