Tourists flying drones in Canada to face $3000 fine under new rules?

Tourists flying drones in Canada to face $3000 fine under new rules?

New drone regulations come into effect in Canada as of 1 June this year and just one of the (perhaps) unintended consequences is that visitors to the land of moose and maple syrup face a fine of up to $3000 if they dare to fly a drone without the supervision of a licensed drone operator. Here’s are the worst parts of the new Canadian drone and RC rules presented for your horrification:

– no FPV (operator must keep drone in line of sight *without* video)
– no clubs or racing (drones must not be flown near other drones)
– no electric, nitro or gas power (without a special authorisation)
– all under-14-year-olds must be supervised when flying

Them Canadians must be crazy eh?

Some links:
An interesting CBC report:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/drones-aviation-garneau-regulations-1.4970750

Canadian government press release:
https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2019/01/minister-garneau-unveils-canadas-new-drone-safety-regulations.html

50 Comments

  1. KSmack Volleyball on December 29, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    I have to admit, I totally enjoyed the sarcasm in this video, it was spot on.
    Yes, I live in Canada.
    Sadly, I have never owned a drone, despite wanting one.
    And double sadly, it looks like I will never be allowed to owe one in the future.
    Oops, I guess I had better correct that statement.
    In Canada, you are allowed to SELL drones, and you are allowed to BUY drones, you’re just not allowed to FLY drones.
    Therefore, I am free to buy the most expensive drone I can afford, and proudly hang it on my living room wall for all to enjoy. (and there it must stay)

    By the way, its snows here in Canada about 10 months out of the year, so that leaves you with just 2 months of potential flying time. (yikes!)

    Also, here in Canada we have a creature called the "Canada Goose".
    These are huge birds that fly at high speeds.
    And their favorite thing is flying in large flocks.

    The danger these birds pose to large aircraft is real.
    A jumbo jet crossing paths with a flock of geese can indeed bring one down.

    However, there has never been a ban on geese.
    There are no fines for geese flying near airports.
    To my knowledge, no goose has ever spent time in jail for flying too close to an airport.
    I also don’t think geese have to pass a test and obtain a certificate allowing them to fly in Canada.

    But if you think about it, geese don’t have money, but humans do.
    A politician will never get rich by harassing geese.

  2. jean barsona on December 29, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Canada is turning into a police state.

  3. Support Team, Openair UAV Training on December 29, 2021 at 12:33 pm
  4. S H Z on December 29, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Hello xjet. what do you think?? can we fly drone over people in uncontrolled airspace what we are doing now, will police going to enforce those laws??

    i heard that police will strictly enforce those laws over controlled airspace, they will loosen up those laws over uncontrolled airspace

  5. Lost Gravity on December 29, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    thats so bad news. i am planing to visit canada this summer. i would really like to take my fpv drone with me. 🙁

  6. Bryan Murray on December 29, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Apart from Gatwick and Heathrow, are there any other airport closures reported regarding DRONE sightings?

  7. S JC on December 29, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Good job I have no intention going to Canada

  8. Dan Basler on December 29, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    1800-305-2059 is the number to call and give your input on this matter. Every one should call and question the lack of free manuals. Question what ever you want there looking for input.

  9. mookyzook on December 29, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    So we’ve got crazy European rules coming in the UK now (I thought we were leaving Europe?). Come November you’ll even have to register your sub 250g machine if it has a ‘complex’ camera. Fine then I can still watch the neighbours with my selfie drone, crash into people on my 50 killo pushbike, take some photo’s of anyone I feel like with the tele lens on my SLR .Let’s be honest if I’m far enough away they won’t even know I’m there, no one will be able to hear the shutter at that distance, unlike the props on my tiny drone. The UK has got the highest percentage of CCTV cameras so lets not kid ourselves about privacy. As far as danger out there try a cricket ball in the face in the local park or on the beach.
    I know there are idiots out there and we need to keep an eye on them. I’m not talking about giant drones just the ones you want to fly around your local park. There are already privacy rules and laws about endangering people, vehicles and aircraft. This is totally over the top, most people just want to have a bit of fun without harming people or invading their privacy. I wonder how many photo’s there are of me in the background of somebody else’s camera phone shots of their friends?

  10. timshaw211 on December 29, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    https://youtu.be/9RFxVTKTBS0 Through you might want to see this .

  11. Support Team, Openair UAV Training on December 29, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Basic exam: 30 questions. For those with the idea of doing commercial…Advanced exam, 50 questions, 1 hour timeline, 80% pass mark then flight review performed based on the new document TP15395E which we have as a compliant school, but not released as of yet. (37 pages)…and it is not a walk in the park.

  12. jean barsona on December 29, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Garneau must have caught some kind of brain virus when he went in space. Too bad it wasn’t the Challenger shuttle.

  13. User Name on December 29, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    The useless twats that make these laws deserve $3,000 fines.

  14. Rick Erickson on December 29, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    I live in Canada and have not flown my Drone in about 4 years. I live in a large city and use to fly in one of our local parks or school yards. Always when there was no one around. Now there is absolutely no place I can fly it. There was a store in West Edmonton Mall that sold only drones, they had a map on the wall that showed all the restricted areas in the Edmonton area where you could not fly. Basically you would have to drive about 100 km away from the city and maybe know a farmer that would give you permission to fly on his land. Long story short, that Drone shop only lasted a couple of months and it was gone.

  15. JS V on December 29, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Had the Wright Brothers born in in Canada this year, people would still using ship to cross the sea. Stupidity is universal!

  16. KreativeCanada on December 29, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    I must admit, this video probably contained the best comments I’ve heard about Canadian drone laws. Sarcastic to the core, but also very accurate.
    I live in Canada, and it appears the politicians have taken what is a small toy and brought it up to the danger level of a gun.
    Yes, these small toys contain amazing technology, but they are simply a hobby, not much different from flying a kite.
    And yes, there have been a handful of idiots who have flown their tiny quadcopters near airports. These types don’t give a damn about anything but themselves, and if caught, they should be punished accordingly.
    But the politicians took a few isolated cases and created a way they can now pocket $millions. As usual, the plan is to profit from every Canadian who was enjoying a very harmless hobby.
    So for every honest Canadian who owns a drone, the money will come rolling in to the politicians.
    But for the few who will still continue to fly their drones near airports, the new laws will only make the attempt even more exciting.

  17. Support Team, Openair UAV Training on December 29, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Interim order no.9 will be changing prior to regulations enforcement on June 1st, 2019. Anyone flying at a MAAC sanctioned field will be exempt and fun as usual.
    "Contents of the Interim Order No. 9
    The Interim Order No. 9 applies to all model aircraft (hereafter referred to as drones) having a total weight between 250 g and 35 kg operated for recreational purposes. The Interim Order No. 9 does not apply to drones flown by members of Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) exclusively at MAAC administered fields or events."

  18. Howard Friesen on December 29, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Actually the new rules are brought to you by the idiots that have flown them into areas where they had no business being. This happens with many other things like owning handguns. It’s the idiots among us that can’t think past their belt buckles that spoil things for everybody else. An idiot with a drone can bring down a passenger airplane with many on board that could die, and he can go on having children – an even greater danger. Then it gets political. So, to be clear, we expect politicians to craft legislation to mitigate the damage that could be done and minimize risk. This is done through regulation and a licensing scheme. But you all know that politics never operate with logic. So, instead of talking revolution bullshit, be intellectually honest and get involved in the political process and change the regulations. You can’t do it in front of your television or by bitching about it on youtube.

  19. Andy's East Coast on December 29, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Obviously this applies to all flying models/toys including ones sold in toy shops. How on earth are they going to regulate the sale of toy drones/models and have the pilots licensed?

  20. Lars Kagg on December 29, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    its called Canada not canadia

  21. Machinedred on December 29, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Coventry in UK has tried to ban all drones from there public parks it’s currently postponed but could happen and if it does rest of UK could follow. Sideshow bob, uk

  22. Stephen Snow on December 29, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    A lot of what you are saying about Canadian Drone Regulations is inaccurate……it is your incorrect interpretation ……FAKE NEWS….please take down this video and edit it with the right information.

  23. sdpy on December 29, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Our PM is so fucking stupid. Someone just send him to Siberia and give him access to 50g of pot and MAiD. Best thing you gan do for a bigoted windbag of a drama teacher.

  24. D Rex on December 29, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Just make it against the law to be stupid, that will stop the government making new Laws.

  25. Gordy Allan on December 29, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Hi, I like your rant and give you full agreement on what you are saying. I live in the u.k. Scotland the wrong people are going to lose out here it’s going to kill the aeromodelling hobby. The regulations are not going to stop the ignorant offenders breaking the law using drones to fly their drugs into jails or even causing a terrorist threat to an international airport. My opinion is to make it law that each individual has to be a member of an approved model association like for eg SAA, BMFA, UKDRONE or FPVSCOTLAND to fly. Also have the landowners permission to fly, take photos. If you are a member of a local club you will be taught how to fly safely and how not to endanger other people or their property and when to ask for CAA permission. I am a member of the BMFA and they have an achievement scheme where you can progress from grade A to grade C on all different classes of UAC. This is a WORLDWIDE RECOGNISED LICENSE TO FLY SAFELY. You need a license and insurance to drive a car. You need a license and insurance to fish in a river. You need a license and insurance to use an airsoft BB gun. So why do you not need a license and insurance to fly a Drone? Get it sorted. Safe flying can be done close to a built-up area if club rules and a code of conduct to other users of the countryside are adhered to.

  26. Hummingbird.UAV on December 29, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    For all the Canadians who watch and complain in the comments below. Don’t forget to send your complaints to this address.
    Enough negative feedback may get the rules amended before they go into effect in June.
    Contact
    Manager, RPAS Policy
    RPAS Task force, AARV
    Civil Aviation
    Safety and Security
    Transport Canada
    Place de Ville, Tower C
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 0N5
    Telephone: 613-993-7284 or 1-800-305-2059
    Fax: 613-990-1198
    Email: TC.RPASInfo-InfoRPAS.TC@tc.gc.ca

  27. turbojoe2 on December 29, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Back to high school, screw the rules eh.

  28. Tianran WANG on December 29, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    As a person living in the country legally on permits for 6 years, I can’t fly a drone :((

  29. eli imperio on December 29, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    What do I think? Ludicrous! The test, most of the question is not related to safety flying drone. Why?
    Other point, all drone pilot must have log book to records all the activities and maintenance…really? 901.48

  30. Chuck and Jen Bridges on December 29, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Please, it is not Canadia, our country is Canada. Small thing but annoying.

  31. Jordan Novek on December 29, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Im in Canada , I usually fly in parks when no ones around . The parks where I fly usually no more than 10 people . Everyone loves my drones except for our Government . If remote id comes into affect how will/can they enforce these rules. In my city where I live Im the only one who flies. Ive never seen anyone else.

  32. Briggs & Stratton Power on December 29, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    This is kinda like the Sweden deal where cameras on drones were basically illegal. I hope this doesnt stay as im going for work and travel in august

  33. Fred Hawthorne on December 29, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    ALSO >>>IT IS CANADA not CANADIA, and I suggest you read the regs fully, my DJI is a registered qualified drone, and I have my pilot certificate.

  34. Fred Hawthorne on December 29, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Just to correct:
    1) no FPV (operator must keep drone in line of sight *without* video) ………………….. unless you have an observer
    2) no clubs or racing (drones must not be flown near other drones)…………………….. unless you have arranged the flight with the other pilots
    3) no electric, nitro or gas power (without a special authorisation)………………………. Please state CARs #
    4) all under-14-year-olds must be supervised when flying……………………………………. adult supervision (parents getting involved with their kids…what an idea)

  35. John F Hendry on December 29, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    3:00 LOL Maybe better mandatory laws on birth control will stop some of the insanity politicians come up with. Like maybe the Tar Sands?

  36. RWBHere on December 29, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    The last I heard, almost all drones contain flammable substances, even if you take the battery out of them. What do they want? A return to elastic band power? Gliders? Oh, wait; paper is flammable…. $5 for every paper aeroplane you make?…….. Elastic bands can hurt you when they snap……. Throwing things into the air can be hazardous………. Gulp! Better sit indoors and watch Youtube instead. It’s the only healthy option. Allegedly. According to Mr. Guano. ( O.K., I guessed the spelling, but it sounds like that.) Thanks Bruce.

  37. Clement Wilson on December 29, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    HELLO PPL I AM CANADIAN AND DONT LIKE THE IDEA OF MORE THAN 250 GRAM WEIGHT OF ANYTHING AND I’M TALKING ANYTHING COME MESSING WITH MY FACE I AINT A PYSCHOLOGIST OR EVEN A PRETTY FACE OR NOTHING HOWEVER OVER 250 GRAMS LIKE SAY 750 G OR EVEN 50 LBS OR SAY A BIG ONE LIKE 200LBS MY FACE CANT HANDLE THE BIG ONE .HOWEVER TO BE FAIR I THINK I CAN HANDLE OR DEAL WITH THE PAIN OF 250GRAMS .SAD THOUGH A LITTLE BABY WOULDNT BE ABLE TO HANDLE NOT EVEN 10 GRAMS MAYBE NOT EVEN 5,WHAT SAYS YOU PEOPLE THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT HAVE THOUGHT OF THAT. PROJECT SAVE THE FACE OF THE BABY AT THE PARK. SOLUTION HOT SPOTS AKA DESIGNATED FLY YOUR DRONE PARK OR PLACE COMING SOON TO YOUR COMMUNITY. PATIENCE IS THE MOST BLESSED VIRTUE .FLIGHT AVIATION IS COMPLEX. LET THE GOVERNMENT BE YOUR GUIDE SORTA LIKE YOUR FLIGHT AVIATION NAVIGATION ATTENDANT.THINK ABOUT IT WE SWAT HOUSEFLYS BECAUSE OF FEELING THREATEND HOUSEFLYS WEIGHIN AT ABOUT 1 GRAM AND WE ARE SWATTING ANYWAYS 1 ONE GRAM WE ALLOW 1 GRAM TO PITCH AND LAND AND TAKEOFF RIGHT OFF THE FACES OF OUR CHILDREN.NOT 250 GRAMS

  38. Glenn Lopez on December 29, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    I own a couple of pigeons w/ pinhole cameras attached to them, and remotely control them using an arduino setup. They weigh over 250g, do i need to register them with Transport Canada? What is the definition of drone? Do I need a license to fly my pigeons? Urgently need help!! I do not wanna be fined.

  39. M I on December 29, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Hello,
    Yes , in Canada, the previous conservative government got rid of long gun registration.
    It seems that drones are more of a threat than long guns, as one cannot disrupt anything with a long gun.
    This is Canadian government logic…they pretend to represent people, but they actually are focused on their own personal outcomes. Canadians are basically being defrauded by their government due to the value to cost ratio.
    They do not consider kites an issue, because there has been no hype or media contagion around the world, but kites can be just as big a problem…which adds some perspective.
    Where is the outrage and paranoia around birds and bird strikes? It seems the government is not yet stupid enough to make outrageous claims about controlling geese and birds (they do not yet believe society will believe this lie).
    Talk about over-reach. Can this be considered democratic? No, more like a fascist government which follows other governments because, apparently, they are not paid enough to think on their own, or, even enough to serve Canadians, instead of themselves and their supervisors.
    It is this kind of government behaviour which leads many Canadians to feel that they are not represented fairly by a government whose interests almost always aligns with big corporations, big income and big self promotions. They don’t care about hobbyists or regular people because we are individuals and do not affect their own personal salaries.
    They only care about optics and not the truth. This, is a fact,

  40. Sauga Verse on December 29, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Wow, what great commentary, I loved it.
    What was said in this video is exactly how we Canadians feel, well for those of us who are not politicians of course.

  41. edstar83 on December 29, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Is this joke? or are they wanting to ban hobby flying all together so commercial companies can take over the air space? why cant they share it? RC flying both line of sight and fpv is a harmless hobby that many many people enjoy.

  42. FlyerTuck on December 29, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks Bruce! Always Great to hear from you!

  43. Bill McDonald on December 29, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    I’m politely pissed-off, since you asked, eh? Glad I did choose to fly micros in the first place. It’s bloody stunned what they’re planning on doing. Kills the hobby, makes scofflaws of those who won’t comply. But hey, $3,000 a pop could add some to the coffers. . .

  44. Ben Person on December 29, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Soon we will be free of these liberal morons. An election this year.

  45. Michael Hype on December 29, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    With Trudeau destroying the country… the terrible drone rules are sadly the last thing we should worry about. More important are the loss of freedom of speech, the state controlled media and Canadians being immigrated out of existence.

  46. Andy's East Coast on December 29, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    I also suspect your only going to be allowed to fly from certified club sites now?

  47. rogergaard on December 29, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    please make a comment here on this video KGTgMkWqFGQ

  48. ayne222 on December 29, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    I live in Canada and this country is fun. The only thing which is not illegal here is to work and then give all your money back in taxes.

  49. ayne222 on December 29, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Can anyone link the page from transport canada where they are saying that non-pr/non-canadians won’t be allowed to fly at all? Trying to find it for my friend. Thanks

  50. bisarowood on December 29, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    The whole thing is just BS , the thing is you can Goggle your way through this ridiculous exam ( I did it and actually failled ! 15 years in the hobby!!) and learn absolutely nothing about the rules and regulations . out of 35 questions I think 2 where directly related to flying a drone the rest is more aviation related and non sense. I’m guessing Garneau spent way too much time up there and is loosing it … it is really too bad as many people will just leave the hobby rather then deal with the bs….
    MAAC did come out with some exemptions for there user at Maac fields

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