CANADA Kills Drone Hobby? New restrictive Laws governing Recreational Drone Hobby

Did the Canadian Government just kill the drone hobby for recreational flyers? Restrictions are necessary, but did the government go too far? This video contains my opinions only. I would welcome your comments on this topic. ALSO: Check out a video from the US discussing these new Laws: DRONE VALLEY

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  1. Jacques de Molay on March 9, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Can we take-off a drone within 10 metres of an Ant ?

  2. yuyo57 on March 9, 2021 at 12:06 am

    I would never put my address on my drones. If drone is found by a person that is a nut case drone hater about drones, then you might end up in danger. I don’t keep flight logs for long maybe a week just in case there is a complaint. Nice video fellow Canadian.

  3. mike louis on March 9, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Your changing camera in this video right?

    *no one elese noticed*

  4. Ma Lo on March 9, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Wow thats one of the rare moments of me as a german banana-republic citizen where i am more sorry about canadas government than my own

    I just fly where i want to. Government doesnt judge as long as it doesnt need petrol 😉 my drone flies "green" so its fine *cough* 😉

  5. Chad Gilmore on March 9, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Hey Cap It’s 5.5 Kilometres in Australia

  6. xzsdfvdfbv on March 9, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Just like driving a car. Actually knowing how a "merge" works, and how a traffic circle works, and what the rules are around a four way stop – these thing don’t detract from my enjoyment of driving. The Canadian Government did NOT just kill the drone hobby for recreational flyers. What they’ve done, is remove idiots from the mix. Learn the material, write the exams (you’ll probably need to pass the much more difficult "advanced" exam to fly your drone anywhere useful), and then you’re good to go. And because you actually have a clue now, you can feel better about what you’re doing, and about the public’s reaction to it.

  7. Gladius on March 9, 2021 at 12:09 am

    These rules and the penalties go way over the top in many instances. How on earth does my flying a small rc heli in my back yard affect the grass strip located halfway to the next town, which just like you said is owned by a farmer who never flies??? These rules are also stopping a generation of youth from entering the hobby in any meaningful way, with the age limitation.
    Marc Garneau seems to know nothing about model aviation.

  8. True North Muskoka on March 9, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Captain you should update this video based on the new regs

  9. soham limbu on March 9, 2021 at 12:12 am

    these law are stupid

  10. Robert Campbell on March 9, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Hey, welcome to the "Canadian way". Same stupid overkill with our current very good, strict gun laws. It’s all "virtue signalling:" designed to control everything to the nth degree…..I wonder where some of these "ivory tower pseudo intellectual elites" were born.
    Unfortunately I don’t think these drone laws will ever lighten up. With the new Mavic Mini, I expect them to only get worse.
    The best we can do is use common sense, follow the logical safety laws, and keep our fingers crossed some "correct" type won’t complain to authorities. Not a comfortable way to have to operate…

  11. dbaer7 on March 9, 2021 at 12:13 am

    More idiocracy courtesy of our handicapped liberal government.

  12. Fanny Mark on March 9, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Untrue facts to this video. You can fly a drone at night long as it is. Equipped with position lights. This is clearly stated in your drone pilot certificate!

  13. Samai Pata on March 9, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Welcome to Transport CANADA rules and regulations! How many rules do we Pilots have to deal with, how much reading do we have to do and how much do we need to spend for that?!
    The problem with drones is privacy and liability! Maybe we need to shine a light on the liability issue which is just as important to a drone pilot as to a potential victim!
    Drone flying is a new thing, things will have to evolve! And the technology of drones will evolve too and increase safety in favour for drone enthusiasts. As a matter of fact I consider buying one myself.
    What I would criticize myself first is, the lack of a study guide! However I think the test is hard for good reason! A drone pilot needs to be just as dedicated to safe operation as we Pilots are, because a drone is an aircraft! And as an aircraft pilot I think a drone should be equipped by law with a high density strobe light!

  14. Elbert Smit` on March 9, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Hi as always great job. Our laws in the US are much less restrictive than y’alls thank goodness. I have my part 107 and feel that it should be required of every drone pilot. Most in my state which is Mississippi don’t even follow the law and resistor their drones over 250 gm as the law says. In 2020 things will change when the new open source software becomes available and then it will be local law enforcement who will not be trained in drone laws attempting to harrass hobby flyers along with those of us who make a few bucks on the side and use our drones as a tool. Stay warm brother and thanks for the videos/

  15. Camping&Gaming on March 9, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Your forehead very shiny.

  16. Neo_182 on March 9, 2021 at 12:19 am

    holy crap. i just tried to go and do the test. Not only was i not able to login to the website, but when i called the support line, they told me to call a different number. So i did that. And those folk told me to call a different number. SO i did that. It was an answering machine indicating that i leave my phone number so an agent would call me back. 3 hours passed. I received the return call. The agent was barely understandable, kept talking over me. Eventually told me that i had called the wrong place. FUN.

    Watching videos on the matter here on youtube and just generally reading into what’s changing it seems to me that it just isn’t worth going through the process at all and sell off my collection.
    I mean, most of my drones (i think all but 2..) are toy grade but exceed the weight limit. Especially if i decide to strap a camera (gopro or runcam..)
    Then come to find out i have to pay for the actual test and register all but only one of my drones (MJX B3 mini) which also costs money.

    Like, really waaaaaaaaaaaay too much for the average drone enthusiast. There’s barely any airspace i can fly them (luckily i live in the outskirts of my city and just outside the NFZ for the airport and my hospital does not have a helipad..) Nonetheless, for a guy that flies a phantom or spark maybe twice to four times to make a short family video?

    Do i really want to go through ALL that? The answer is a resounding NO.

  17. Sandy Lumsden Gallant on March 9, 2021 at 12:20 am

    The drone exam baked my noodle. Some of the questions are out of this world!! When I finally passed I needed to have a drink :). Love your videos.

  18. EDMBro 0698 on March 9, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Stupid things this gouv done always involve a lot of money. SQDC – Gun registration – Drones Exam – Drone School – DroneRegistration – CarbonTaxes hope you get it. Make Canada Great again ! show the door to the Liberals in october.

  19. jean barsona on March 9, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Police state Canada…so sad.

  20. Grant Edlin on March 9, 2021 at 12:22 am

    In New Zealand our rules are considerably less restrictive. Four kilometers from airports (within 4km if shielded). All centered around safety with strong emphasis on the pilot taking responsibility for his aircraft’s position. No out of sight flying allowed. BUT.. If a pilot is fully trained and the appropriate applications are approved, anything will receive considerable by the authorities. Fly where the Kiwi can’t. Grant

  21. Harold Crowell on March 9, 2021 at 12:22 am

    What I can’t help wonder is; do the authorities enforcing these laws/rules/regulations have to be educated by TC to qualify them in making a decision wether a person is in violation of the laws/rules/regulations. Seems to me that a drone pilot that is simply enjoying his hobby and behaving responsibly would have to be observed for some period of time to be accused of doing something wrong. On another note, For a period of time, laser pointers were a huge problem around airports. Has TC developed rules and reg for laser pointers? Do you need a basic or advanced certificate to own or use one of those? Where does TC hide the written test for laser pointing devices? Seems to me that the efforts of TC would be better served by putting more of their energy into capturing the obvious offenders of common sense and outward disreguard of people, their property and possessions. Leave the rest of us that have a bit of common sense to enjoy our hobby.
    (I’m off the soap box now)

  22. Voice of Nowruz on March 9, 2021 at 12:25 am

    can I pilot my drone form my balcony if I live in a high-rise building?! many thanks

  23. Lavanya Lakshminarayanan on March 9, 2021 at 12:25 am


  24. rick racine on March 9, 2021 at 12:26 am

    thanks for great info, im from Ontario and will be taking my basic test ,but one of my drones is under 200 G ,so my question is how do i prove it to the police if im confronted by them,id rather not buy a small weight scale and have to carry it along when im flying

  25. Totally Simulated on March 9, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Like everything Canadian, too much red tape!

  26. steve patterson on March 9, 2021 at 12:30 am

    welcome to big brother looking down on you , its coming to the US as well , I think the desionwill be made this yr then it won’t be implemented for 3 yrs so all the drones that come into the US from outside MFG will need to make changes , my view , they won’t come in the US the cost will be extreme , people that make these rules are people that are just justify their job ,
    right now we use the Lance system which works just fine. im a person that if its not broken don’t fix it , good luck up their

  27. James Dean on March 9, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Ok I’m glad there’s still time to cancel my order for the air 2, too bad drones didn’t qualify as “refugees” or they’d get the red carpet treatment in this country.

  28. THX 1138 on March 9, 2021 at 12:34 am

    The rule makers in Canada sure know how to inflict restriction after epic restriction. Sounds like an awful lot of lawyers…not rc practitioners of any sort.

    No sense to it by placing so many stifling restrictions in a country that is rich with so much aerial photography potential that one can be hard pressed to come to any other conclusion that they’ve designed this to literally starve off any possibilities towards forward progress whether it be commercially or for recreational enjoyment.

    Things look like they will be loosening up soon down here in the United States in terms of flights conducted over people as well as at night.

    Good luck in getting any of this turned around, Canada….sounds like you folks are going to need it.

  29. Hank Ku on March 9, 2021 at 12:34 am

    The online exam is much harder then driving knowledge test. A lot of question is not making sense, stupid

  30. MrJaaaaake on March 9, 2021 at 12:34 am

    I don’t know how you can say these laws aren’t that bad. Half the point of the drone is to go places hard for humans to go. These laws basically kill this point.

  31. jean-jac potie on March 9, 2021 at 12:35 am

    And what about when you are at your club air field?!…in mauritius it’s 21kms from the main airport(almost half of the island!) But still max height at 120mts…and a few restricted areas like prisons,meteo stations and of course parliament and government buildings…

  32. Sponge bob on March 9, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Meanwhile back in Trudeau’s secret blackface lair!

  33. Spazz zz on March 9, 2021 at 12:37 am

    The real question is "what don’t they want you to see?"

  34. cory zirk on March 9, 2021 at 12:37 am

    FYI the literal definition of the law, its illegal to fly your drone ANYWHERE in canada (due to wildlife alone.)

  35. Ken Lopossa on March 9, 2021 at 12:39 am

    A Royal Canadian paid in the ass…

  36. *JÃÂZ* Jazir on March 9, 2021 at 12:39 am

    What about skydio 2 it have lot of sensers

  37. Alexa’s Channel Vlog on March 9, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Hi Captain Drone,
    Can I fly a drone i.e. 249g like mavic mini in Canada stated under new drone Canada regulation? please advise

  38. Paul Carr on March 9, 2021 at 12:48 am

    still think it is to hard to fly in a city setting can’t fly in a park with a lot of land which is the best place to fly a drone if not busy but is around so many houses but no trees to crash into.

  39. Pax Vera on March 9, 2021 at 12:48 am

    welcome to Canada. Land of free? Good joke! Everything is NO NO NO. The only rights we have: to pay taxes and elect idiots.

  40. mike louis on March 9, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Captain 8:43 what video is that please send link thanks!

  41. carl wentz on March 9, 2021 at 12:51 am

    People of Canada stop voting in those Dumb ass liberals .

  42. Fred Hawthorne on March 9, 2021 at 12:52 am

    The regulations discussed here are out of date and mainly no longer effective.

  43. Chris Zwolinski on March 9, 2021 at 12:53 am

    The US has the privacy act which I beleive would make it illegal to put your name address etc on your drone. Is there a similar Canadian law that would also cover this? Do you have info on the new UTM rules? It sounds like the RFID for Canada.

  44. Marc Ouellet on March 9, 2021 at 12:53 am

    I ALSO have my pilots licence i have a 1947 j3 and flying rc planes only for 60 years drone have ruined the hobby

  45. 001mpk on March 9, 2021 at 12:53 am

    I wrote the test and passed but frankly far too restrictive so I exited the hobby. I spent thousands on training and equipment but sold off my more modern gear and have the originals left, the DJI flamewheel 4 and 6 prop that are collecting dust. Really a pity! The pair are probably worth about $200-$300 at best. Such is life.

  46. SmalltimR on March 9, 2021 at 12:55 am

    The real question is; white balance or Colloidal Silver abuse?

  47. nwimpney on March 9, 2021 at 12:56 am

    I think you’re way too okay with these laws.

    There’s a huge problem with the "spirit of the law" view on things. It’s entirely open to interpretation.

    When some killjoy calls the police to say that they saw you filming, and you’re breaking the law, You tell the cop that shows up that you’re flying safe, and following the spirit of the law, and see what they say.

    Also, the people who would follow even the "spirit" of the law, are already the ones who are flying safe. I break several of these rules every time I fly. (There’s lots of airports around, probably buildings/people/objects within 30m at times, etc) But I fly safely. I’ll find an empty park, sports field, school yard, etc, and fly relatively low, where I’m not likely to hit anything i could damage. If my spotter tells me that there’s someone coming towards the area I’m flying, I’ll move away or land if I can do it safely or just cut throttle and drop it into the dirt, if that’s what it takes.

    These laws just make the hobby ridiculously inconvenient to do legally, and will accomplish nothing.

    The guy who goes down to the local electronics superstore, and buys a phantom and flies it around somewhere dangerous isn’t the type to even look at the laws, let alone trying to comply with them.
    It might help prosecute some of them after there’s an incident, but I think in most cases, there’s going to be enough other laws to have that well covered.

    If we actually want people to fly safer, we need to make it more accessible for people to learn safely.
    Rather than requiring me to spend a bunch of money at a "Drone school" for training, and another couple hundred bucks to have them do a "flight review" so I can get my "advanced" certificate to be allowed to allow flying near bystanders or objects, there should be piles of clubs to join which will teach me the safety aspects at a reasonable cost, and likely offer a decent place to fly.

    The thing is, most of the other RC flying community is totally willing to throw both FPV and Drones under the bus. I just looked to see if there’s any clubs I could join locally. One of their websites says "No more drone memberships allowed for this year", another says "No multi-rotors allowed, except with permission for special events, or members who joined before 2016", another club is specifically gliders.

    Most of the "drone" clubs aren’t particularly organized. They’re just people who do meetups to fly (technically illegally in most cases).

    Another thing you should keep in mind, is that FPV could easily be seen as illegal, depending on your interpretation of the law. There’s stuff about Visual LOS not relying on video feed, etc, with no mention of exceptions for spotters, etc, nor any clarity on whether it’s allowed to just be a dot on the horizon, or whether you need to be able to fly it based on that view. (Is wearing goggles just plain illegal now?)

  48. Hank Vana2 on March 9, 2021 at 12:57 am

    A very interesting commentary. I am thinking of getting into drones (for photography) and the restrictions and regulations are definitely going to be a gating factor for me. Please help me with a perspective. I agree that a 25 kg drone could do serious damage/injury to property/people and animals but feel that those restrictions are not realistic for a 250 gr drone that is 100 times lighter. Don’t know what a typical recreational drone (with a half-decent camera) weights – with your experience, how dangerous are they say relative to a baseball off of a bat or a puck off of a hockey stick? Both a baseball and a puck can do serious damage/injury but you don’t need to be over 14 years old or licensed to use them around people in a public park. Do you think that the "common sense" rules for sub 250 gr drones are adequate for a typical weight recreational drone or do we need formal licensing to prove competence. Thanks for the video!

  49. Electric Wolf on March 9, 2021 at 1:00 am

    How likely is Australia to follow suit with these laws? It seems like a lot of countries have been cracking down on laws. I’ve been looking at getting a drone for a while now and am wondering if I should bother if it is likely for CASA to enforce tougher rules.

  50. Jeremy Wynne on March 9, 2021 at 1:02 am

    You are more likely to see naked women at 300 ft

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