Minister Garneau kicks off drone safety campaign, introduces 'No Drone Zone' signs

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Transport Canada partners with various organizations to educate drone operators

June 13, 2016 – Ottawa – Transport Canada

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today launched a national safety campaign and reiterated the Government of Canada’s intention to propose new regulations for UAVs, or drones as they are more commonly known. Minister Garneau was joined by representatives of the Ottawa Police Service, Canadian Owners and Pilots Association, the Canadian Airports Council, as well as the CEO of the Ottawa Airport.

The Minister unveiled a ‘No Drone Zone’ sign to remind users to only operate their aircraft in approved areas. The “No Drone Zone” signs will be distributed to a number of airports and other organizations to promote the safe use of drones and to deter operators from flying in areas that put aviation safety at risk. Transport Canada recommends that airports, parks, municipalities and event organizers post “No Drone Zone” signs around the perimeter of their property or event, when it is unsafe or illegal to fly drones.

As a world leader in drone safety, Transport Canada will propose new regulations in the coming months and is looking at a number of changes, including:

  • establishing categories of drones;
  • simplifying the registration process for operators; and
  • instituting marking requirements.

Canadians are encouraged to learn more about drone safety by using the #NoDroneZone hashtag and visiting


“While Transport Canada is working on new regulations to integrate drones into Canadian airspace, I urge all users to learn how to fly safely and legally. As a responsible drone user, think twice about where you fly, stay away from airports and aircraft, and know that there are serious consequences to unsafe use. The “No Drone Zone” signs are a reminder that not all places are appropriate to fly a drone – always think safety first.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“Even small drones can cause big problems for airports and aircraft. It’s important that users understand the risk associated with flying them, and learn the rules of responsible use for the safety and security of the entire community.”
Mark Laroche,
President and CEO, Ottawa International Airport Authority

“From an enforcement perspective, drone users can’t fly wherever they like. You are responsible to fly your drone safely and legally. If you feel someone has committed a crime, or breached your privacy, report it to your local police service right away. The Ottawa Police Service is committed to public safety and takes reported incidents seriously.”
Atallah Sadaka
Staff Sergeant, Ottawa Police Service Airport Unit

“We thank the government for recognizing the rapidly growing threat that UAVs pose to commercial aircraft near airports or in restricted airspace. Today’s announcement represents a positive step towards keeping Canada’s airspace safe and moving towards regulations to address this issue.”
Daniel-Robert Gooch
President, Canadian Airports Council

Quick Facts

  • Anyone who operates a drone in a reckless and negligent manner, violates controlled or restricted airspace; or endangers the safety of manned aircraft could face fines of up to $25,000 and/or jail time.
  • Flying a drone around an airport without permission is a dangerous act with serious consequences.
  • Anyone using a drone for commercial or research purposes must hold a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada or be eligible to operate under one of the UAV exemptions.

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Delphine Denis
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Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

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