The DJI Mini 3 Pro: How do the Canadian Drone Regulations Apply?

The DJI Mini 3 Pro: How do the Canadian Drone Regulations Apply?

Let’s fully understand all the ins and outs of how the Canadian drone regulations apply to the DJI Mini 3 Pro drone….both with the standard battery and the heavier ‘Plus’ battery. In addition to explaining rules, I provide practical guidelines for safe and legal flying!

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– How to register a drone:
– Basic Pilot exam study guide:
– Airspace and Aerodromes:
– Drone Pilot Canada app:
– Drone Site Selection Tool:
– NAV Drone app:
– Drone Pilot Association of Canada:

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  1. Chris on July 16, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks Don. Why are they selling us CE (Europe) models of this drone. Are we not allowed FCC models, with the increased radio power thus flight distance increase, here in Canada?

  2. WHEATFIELD Productions on July 16, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Hi! I just got my mini 3. One question. If I buy the other batteries that put the drone over 250g, then I have to register my drone, is this just a registration? or I have to take the online course and exam to fly drones over 250g as well? Please and thanks!

  3. Derek Cox on July 16, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks Don! Always look forward to getting your perspective on all things drone. I too am looking to buy the mini 3. Although I haven’t been able to find a vendor offering a fly more here in Canada. If anyone knows of one I’d sure appreciate the tip! 👍

  4. Westlake on July 16, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Timely video and well done Don!
    Great information for the new drone owners for when the Mini 3 Pro ships! 👍🏻

  5. jakethemanitobasnake on July 16, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks again Don for the information. Just curious about Advertised Events and the Mini’s (any sub 250) My Municipality wants me to compile some local events this summer and I’m wondering how the rules apply to this. It’s by their request and obviously not over people. Is this allowed without an SFOC? Thanks 🙂

  6. Tom Lam on July 16, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Hi Don, which website did you order your DJI Mini 3 Pro? Thank You

  7. J Wat on July 16, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Does having basic certification allow me to fly in more areas vs flying with no certification and under 250gr? When I i use the NRC Drone site selection tool for my area all I see is red for basic operations. When you remove most municipal parks and provincial parks it doesn’t leave many spots to fly.
    Unless I’m misunderstanding the regs,I can’t see why I would bother getting the basic certification other than just having the knowledge from the training.

  8. Michael Ching on July 16, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Thank you for the Info. It’s so hard to find any Drone related videos within Canada. Most of them are either in the states or overseas.

  9. Dana Nield on July 16, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Great information, Don. I had planned to do my commercial rating based on what I had read at TCs website but it appears for my purposes I don’t need to do so. I was beginning to have visions of studying for my PPL 30 years back! But now I can spend that time making history videos! Cheers from next door in Kanata.

  10. james ce on July 16, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Can I fly my sub 250g drone over peoples houses/private property in Toronto Canada?

  11. Sana Apotheca on July 16, 2022 at 8:02 pm


  12. sohosterable on July 16, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Don, on your other video, you indicated not to fly below zero degrees celcius but in this video, you said not to fly below -10 degree celcius. Is this based on different models of drones? Also, I find it dumb that we can fly over 400ft if the drone is less than 250g (no certificate necessary) and yet for anyone with a Basic or Advanced certificate, they must follow the rules not to fly over 400ft.

  13. LuMi Naire on July 16, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Don, I just shared this video on LinkedIn as I found it very informative and instructive for everyone who wants to keep pace with the canadian federal regulations. Keep up the good work!

  14. Steven Dillon on July 16, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Hi, thank you for all your extremely informative videos. I have a mini 2 – 249g. I had two questions, If you can’t take off or land in a provincial park, can you fly over one when you take off outside of it? Lastly, providing there I am not near any restricted zones on the NRC Selection Tool, can I technically be allowed to fly above 400ft if I do not see any aircraft in the area?

  15. Dean Stacey on July 16, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks Don. Your channel is the only place I could find a clear answer about commercial drone use in Canada. You rock.

  16. EyeCaptureImages on July 16, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Since the Mini 3 Pro is the first sub 250g drone to have extensive "follow me" features like Active Track, is this something that’s technically legal under the Canadian regulations? I know with Basic or advanced operations, you’re required to have someone at the controls at all times ready to react in the event of any issues. But how does this apply to the Mini 3? Could I theoretically put the controller in my backpack and have the drone follow me on my bike without breaking the rules?

  17. Brian Jordan on July 16, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks for putting the word out there. Let’s all fly responsibly!

  18. Northeast Drone Productions on July 16, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Good info Don. I’m liking what I see with the camera on the mini. Looking forward to seeing some footage from you. Cheers mate

  19. Laurie Seto on July 16, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    .. Cheers ..

  20. Razor E on July 16, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Do u need an SFOC when using the mini 3 for basic business applications like real estate photos ?

  21. Interlake Drone Services on July 16, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Spot on Don and timely. You raise an important point about not being able to fly in controlled airspace with the heavier version even if registered and flown by an Advanced pilot because the drone is not listed in the Drone Selection tool. A very keen observation. Excellent video.

  22. Simon Eh!? on July 16, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    For your suggestions regarding privacy laws, regarding getting people’s backyards in shots, it seems to me that the expectation of privacy could be a matter of how high the drone is. A manned aircraft can fly over a backyard at 500 feet and get a decent view of a backyard. Google maps satellite imagery gets decent shots of backyards too. It’s difficult to completely exclude backyards from neighbourhood drone shots, so my view is that if the drone is far enough from a backyard that you couldn’t recognize a face, then that would give similar privacy to what a backyard would get from satellite imagery or a low flying manned aircraft. What are your thoughts Don?

  23. Joel Tellier on July 16, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Great informative video once again Don.
    Thanks a million

  24. Jims Droneing on July 16, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    great info Don am getting heavier 47 min battery mini 3 so am registering and was curious if listed good info on how to reg mini 3

  25. Nourhan Gheita on July 16, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks for all the info, Don! I have a question though. I’m coming to Canada this month (Toronto to be specific) and planned on purchasing the DJI mini 3. But after doing some research I realized that all the nice places with landscapes and scenery are located in provincial or national parks. So, my question is, will I find nice places to fly the drone in Toronto? 😀 Thanks in advance!

  26. Ryan S on July 16, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Your video was so useful! I was planning on getting the mini 24 hrs ago thinking I could fly in my area (safely of course) but when I went to the Nav Tool site and kept seeing red I had to dash those hopes. Only until seeing your video I realized I needed to input that it was a micro drone category and it showed that I could once I took precautions like you mentioned! For some reason it didn’t hit me that it was speaking to the 250g plus category. Now I know! Thank you so much! My son will be glad to know. Can’t say my wallet will be as happy with you though 😎

  27. Dave Stredulinsky on July 16, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Greetings Don. An excellent review of the Canadian drone regulations and how they apply to the Mini 3 as well as sensible suggestions about how to fly it safely. I haven’t ordered on yet but will likely get one eventually.

  28. rreiter on July 16, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks Don!

  29. Rui Rodrigues on July 16, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Great info Don. Just to be sure a sub 250g drone in Canada does not have to adhere to the 400 feet max altitude then? Sorry, answered in another comment. Thanks Don.

  30. Georgio TheChef on July 16, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Great video! I am planning to visit Banff/Jasper National Parks. I understand that flying within the national parks is illegal. But you can fly over provincial parks as long as you take off outside of them? If so, I’m trying to figure out if it’s even worth taking my Mini 3 Pro since so much of the area is National Park or provincial park. I cannot find clear maps that show the boarders of all provincial parks in the area to ensure I am following the laws. It looks like almost everything is some sort of park and want to be sure to follow the laws. I do not see an option on the drone site selection tool to include provincial parks. What would be your advice for this situation? Also, I am trying to find where it states that drones can fly in provincial parks, but just can’t take off from them? From the BC Parks Act, it seems that they can’t fly there? Thanks!

  31. Kevin Glenister on July 16, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Just make sure I understood you correctly, I fly a drone that is over 250 grams I have it registered and have my basic drone license. I am allowed to charge money for Real estate shots etc without having the commercial licence in Canada ?

  32. Carlos Amat on July 16, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    good question on the batteries… 😉

  33. frollard on July 16, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Also consider local bylaws (goes with the section on privacy rules and municipal parks 10:50 mostly)
    For example, my local bylaws list a few /would be good little parks/ but the restriction is something like 250 meters lateral from any children’s water play park. I’m remotely confident there aren’t any pedophiles using drones for nefarious purposes where they couldn’t just use binoculars…but ymmv. Be sure to check *local* laws in addition to the TC stuff.

  34. Live My Journey on July 16, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    All this sounds very reasonable. I hope that I will be able to visit and fly in you beautiful country.

  35. Adam Gibson on July 16, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    This explains what I needed. Thanks so much

  36. Darren Enns on July 16, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    I found/installed the android "NavDrone" app, and the setup questions are a bit overwhelming, and perhaps hardly applicable to the <250g drone category. Perhaps you could post out a ‘filled out’ version on a webpage showing what you consider to be the appropriate answers?

  37. Dominique Huet on July 16, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you, very useful video. What is your advice on flying over highways? My view is that it should be ok to cross over a highway at a relatively high altitude, but I won’t follow a highway for a long distance. What do you think?

  38. Matthew James on July 16, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Thx Don!

  39. ORGANIZED CoNfUsioN Drones on July 16, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Always good to know the rules, thanks Don. Like # 141!!!

  40. Jacqueline K on July 16, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    I say it again, your videos should be a requirement to watch for all new drone pilots in Canada! I’m sticking with my Air 2 and mini 2 but always enjoy watching your video’s Don 😊

  41. etienne toutant on July 16, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    En français svp

  42. Brian Schwarz on July 16, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Hi Don, I’m considering buying a DJI mini two or three in the coming weeks/months. I’m new to drones but I’ve done lots of research on YouTube using videos such as yours. Listening to your video it gave me a lot of confidence that Canada seems to have gotten it right. They seem like reasonable regulations to me. However, as clear as these are at the federal level, I’m concerned about the provincial and municipal level and how many constraints these might apply. Is there anything you can say that would relieve my concerns that I will be met with several bylaws and provincial regulations in addition to the Federal ones? I live in Ottawa Canada.

  43. Kevin Backs on July 16, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    As always, Don, thanks for clear complete information! I’m thinking about selling my Mavic Pro and Mini to pay for (justify, if I’m being honest) a Mini 3 Pro.

  44. Wils Content on July 16, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Hi Don, how did you order your mini 3 and where? How long is the wait? Thanks.

  45. Daniel Korf on July 16, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Nice video, and I do like the fact you do not need to de-register your drone anymore once you drop below the 250g mark, this is indeed good news.

  46. Timothy Driver on July 16, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you for the safety guidelines. Sometimes we think it’s common sense but apparently not for everyone.

  47. Mariusz Kijowski on July 16, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you Don!

  48. Emir Goodman on July 16, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    This is the content we need to know! I plan to get the extra battery pack, all these info would come in handy. Thanks!

  49. WHEATFIELD Productions on July 16, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Sorry, my question was answered as soon as I hit the play again. Thanks for this great video.

  50. Nick Nassie on July 16, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for your great content Don! It certainly helped me pass my advanced written exam and prep for my upcoming flight review. Question about Pilot logs & mRPAS. Do flights of a mRPAS (sub 250g drone) need to be recorded in my pilot log or just those flights of registered 250g->25Kg drones?

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