Canadian Drone Numbers: May 2022 Update. Wait…more pilots than drones?!

Canadian Drone Numbers: May 2022 Update. Wait…more pilots than drones?!

Let’s have a look at the latest numbers of registered drones and certified drone pilots in Canada.
Here’s how to sign up for the Transport Canada ‘Drone Zone’ newsletter: Send an email to and ask to subscribe.

Check out and sign up for the Drone Pilot Association of Canada here:

A DonDronesOn production.

See all my favourite Drone and Camera products on Amazon:

Drone Pilot Canada is the app of choice for Canadian drone flyers! It provides the features you need to meet all the procedural requirements of the 2019 Canadian RPAS regulations.
Drone Pilot is available for purchase here:

Data can now be transferred between platforms but each platform (Apple or Android) requires a separate purchase. Videos are available on my channel,, with demos and training for all capabilities in Drone Pilot Canada. Contact me at with any questions or suggestions.

All my DonDronesOn Exam Study Guide PDFs and Soft Copy Log Books are available for purchase here:
Drone Study Guides

Please join the Drone Pilot Canada Exam and RPAS Regulation Discussion Group on Facebook. The group focuses on discussing information required to pass the basic and advanced exams and preparing for your flight review. The new 2019 Canadian drone regulations are also discussed in the group. The group supports flying in compliance with the 2019 Canadian RPAS regulations:

I use CyberLink PowerDirector 365 to edit my videos. PowerDirector now includes free access to Shutterstock stock footage! Here’s a referral link:

Choosing the right music for a video is important. I use music from Epidemic Sound. You can join Epidemic Sound from the link below and enjoy a free month:

#dronepilotcanada #dondroneson #canadiandronelaws


  1. Carey Robson on September 4, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    I achieved the Basic certification first try without any dedicated studying and for the past two years have been upgrading my knowledge in anticipation of achieving the Advanced certification. I stopped when Transport Canada came out with their draft proposals. My opinion is that the bureaucrats of Transport Canada are rapidly marginalizing themselves and their relevance. Canadians that were willing to buy in to responsible flying with certification are voting with their feet and rejecting the current direction of Transport Canada’s overreach. I suggest your statistics support this conclusion.

  2. Brant Aerials on September 4, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Interesting stats Don. I think the mini drones are skewing the numbers to reflect fewer new people in the hobby.

  3. Eye Drone on September 4, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    One put the website link in the description for DPAC save the time to type that all out. Two I would get my advanced pilot but don’t really need it for what I do vs the cost of flight review and the exam’s lack of common sense. Example why would I pay to get my class 1 drivers license and answer questions based on that skill level when all I get in the end is my class 5.

  4. LW1 on September 4, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Don, new to your site and have subscribed. About to purchase your study guides to do the basic test. I am rural Ottawa and did some research on the process, hoping it will pay off after purchasing the DJI FPV and the extras! I tried sifting through the sites you referenced, crazy! Is your 2019 study guide all I need? Can’t imagine getting through the test without it, thanks.

  5. คนมักซิดอินดี้ Channel on September 4, 2022 at 8:49 pm


  6. David Lorenzo on September 4, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Good info. I think there is a couple factors contributing to the numbers you have shown. I think one of the main ones is the fact that pilots tend to purchase several drones. I, myself, have four. Drone registrations up and pilot certifications down.

  7. Sunrise Water Media on September 4, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Well produced video, Don. New supporter here #MattBump

  8. Interlake Drone Services on September 4, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Great video Don. Very telling. Hopefully all the sub250 fliers will at least follow 900.06 rule for everyone’s sake. If not, we know what will probably happen…

  9. JBrierley02 on September 4, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Speaking for myself, I think the sub-250 comment is right on the money. I got the basic certificate several years ago and was disgusted at the test – I believed, and still do, that it was designed to protect commercial drone companies. I had previously taken a course in order to be able to submit SFOC’s so I I went for the advanced “cold-turkey” to see what would happen. More irrelevant questions were included, and I missed it by 3 points. At that point I decided due to the prices of the flight tests it wasn’t worth all the hoopla and I’d just stick with the basic. The Mavic Mini/2/3 came a year of so after that and it does everything I need so I’m not even going to bother to renew that.

  10. Bill 3D on September 4, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    I think you really nailed it. I’m certified but don’t have a drone registered. I love the mini 2 and am on a waiting list for the pro 3. I have 2 larger drones but shamefully have never flown them. Others I know are simply fed up with over regulation and won’t register. Regulatory overreach must be addressed.

  11. Roger LeBlanc on September 4, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Nice hearing from you Don. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  12. haedubabaganush on September 4, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Don, interesting as always. Anecdotally, because I don’t have any data other than talking with flying friends, I think that you are partially correct in that the advent of the sub-250g drones resulted in fewer people wanting to get certification… which was never really popular but seen as an unwanted necessity. At the same time, I suspect that sales of the bigger commercial drones have fallen tremendously due to a number of reasons; cost and tedious requirements to fly them being the main ones. Of all the drone owner folks I know, mainly through my RC clubs, only one upgraded to the Mavic 3 and the others either have stopped flying rPAS’s altogether because of how difficult it is to fly in urban areas, bad press about drones in general, and how TC has taken the fun factor out of flying. Most have sold their drones or simply put them away to collect dust. I have my advanced certification and I’m looking at the mini 3 simply because of the hassles of trying to find an interesting and legal place to fly, especially in an urban environment. I sold off all my Yuneec drones and will likely sell off my large Mavic 2 Pro, and Air. I have no reason to upgrade to a 3 as I don’t fly the machines commercially anymore. The smaller mini 3 will be able to give me quality video and photo’s that suit my needs and easier to lug around and use. My sense from my chats with droners, and this is anecdotal too, the majority regret spending the amount of money as there wasn’t the "bang for the buck" that they hoped for. BTW, Thanks for all the great work that you have done and your courses helped me tremendously with the basic, advanced, and recency requirements.

  13. Aerial imaging net on September 4, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Good stats but poor economy may reflect on drone purchases .

  14. Freddy Morales on September 4, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    I sign up but fyi that website is not listed on google…

  15. Charles Cruchon on September 4, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Hello Don. I had a Yuneec Typhoon H, which I sold last week. At my age I just didn’t want to go through the hassle of having to pass the pilot certification every 2 years. Mine was due. So to bypassed all that hassle by ordering myself a Dji mini 3. So now I have a pilot certificate which is no longer valid, over two years old.

  16. Vegan Cooking Show on September 4, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    recreational BVLOS when?

  17. ORGANIZED CoNfUsioN Drones on September 4, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Those were some interesting numbers Don, I think you nailed it with the sub 250g possibility. Like # 78!!!

  18. Michel Chevrette (Mozus & drones) on September 4, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Yep! Thanks for these updates. I sent at least four emails to TC in the past 5 months to register for their Drone Zone newsletter, I never received it. So you’re my main source of information!

  19. Dave Stredulinsky on September 4, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Some interesting trends Don and I suspect your are correct re the effect of sub-250gm drones not accounted for in the numbers.

  20. Octal7 Inc. on September 4, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Is there a data source for statistics on SFOC applications?

  21. Aerosnapper on September 4, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Great insight into the state of the community. Glad you touched on DPAC – so important that flyers take advantage of this free opportunity to have their interests represented.

  22. Northcoast Drone on September 4, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Great video Don thanks for keeping us updated with the numbers. Would love to see more advanced pilots on the list. and we can all hope that the rules will get adjusted to something that actually makes sense down the road. Also like your Tribbles and Klingons poster in the background 🖖🖖

  23. Laurie Seto on September 4, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Cheers to you for your work.

  24. Phantom HodgesDrone on September 4, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Actually I know of some pilots that are just basic pilots, don’t want to do the advanced test because they have heard from other pilots that the test for advanced is so hard

  25. GO OlSEN on September 4, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    It should be a one time certificate/license.

  26. Rui Rodrigues on September 4, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Of those 67k registered drones…3 are mine! I’m a member of DPAC as well

  27. Denis Dion on September 4, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Great video Don. While I understand why the statistics focus on the end states of passing the Basic exam and holding an Advanced Certification, I am curious as to whether it is possible to track how many individuals have passed the Advanced exam but do not hold an Advanced Certificate? Thanks.

  28. Bob N on September 4, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    I see the day coming with regulation for sub 250. I bought my drone in 2016 for real estate. Not long after, all the changes came. In the early days they wanted everyone to take schooling…expensive. I put mine in the closet. A few weeks ago, I dug it out, and to my surprise I saw the rules for basic, watched your regs videos and wrote the test (91% thank you!!!) And registered my phantom 3 advanced yesterday. Flying today!

  29. Adrian Mateo Drones on September 4, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    I am Adrian from Adrian Mateo Drones and I approve this message. 😂. Love ❤️ you brother Don. Keep up the good work Sir. Always a pleasure watching and supporting. God bless and stay safe!!

  30. kasha_money1 on September 4, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Me and two co-workers all have our advanced licenses, but we only use one drone at our place of business. I imagine there are some other’s that are in the same situation which would account for the pilot to drone numbe anomaly…

  31. Patton on September 4, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    7th attempts at their so called RPAS advanced knowlodge exam ..even with your power point slides.. ready to throw in the towel at this point.

Leave a Comment