New safety rules for recreational drone use take immediate effect
“I take very seriously the increased risk to aviation safety and to people on the ground caused by drones. That is why I am proceeding with this measure which takes effect immediately—to enhance the safety of aviation and the public while we work to bring into force permanent regulations.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
"The RCMP encourages recreational drone users to be responsible when operating in public places. We encourage all drone operators to think about the safety of those around them, and follow the new regulations at all times.”
Chief Superintendent Eric Stubbs
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The new safety rules will:
- Be in effect for a period of up to one year to provide greater safety for operators and the public until permanent regulations are put in place: and
- Introduce a way to enforce compliance immediately.
Recreational drone users are responsible for learning how to fly their drone safely and legally and to comply with the new rules.
Members of the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) in good standing who operate at MAAC sanctioned fields or events are not subject to these rules.
- To learn more about the new rules, consult this infographic: http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/ca-opssvs/Infographic-New_rules_for_recreational_drone_users.pdf
- To view the Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft: and the full list of new rules, visit: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/interim-order-respecting-use-model-aircraft.html
- For information on drone safety in Canada, visit: www.canada.ca/drone-safety
- To view the department’s drone safety videos, visit: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/video-menu.htm
- Report a drone incident (online form)
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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