Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS
Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS

Canada Drone Law






As part of my effort to learn more about what the FAA needs to yet accomplish in order to keep up with the rest of the world in the area of UAS-UAV-Drone regulation, I decided to start researching Canada's regulations since Amazon deemed it more feasible to go to B.C. for their testing.


Here is what I found:

Transport Canada

- Canadian Aviation Regulations

- Drone Laws


Unmanned Systems Canada: Canada's national non-profit association representing public and private innovation in unmanned vehicle systems. Its objectives are:

- to represent the interests of the unmanned vehicle systems community which includes industry, academia, government, military, and other interested persons

- to promote public awareness, education, and appreciation for the Canadian unmanned vehicle systems community to itself, to Canadians, and worldwide

- to provide a single voice for the Canadian unmanned systems community

- to promote and facilitate the growth of the Canadian unmanned vehicle systems community through education, advocacy, and exchange of ideas and technologies

- to assist the Canadian unmanned vehicle systems community to achieve leadership in research, development, application, and operations 


Model Aeronautics Association of Canada: In 1949, a group of 11 very enthusiastic modellers assembled to form an organization for those interested in model aviation. Their vision was for an association to officially represent the aircraft modeling fraternity in Canada. Today, the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada has grown from that group of 11 to a body of Canadian modelers over 13,000 strong, representing all facets of this exciting hobby, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. In 1995 they were proud to have inducted these 11 founding members into their MAAC Hall of FameThe Model Aeronautics Association of Canada is the Official Governing Body for Model Aviation in Canada, acting as a liason to government agencies, such as Industry Canada (formerly Department of Communications) with regard to radio frequencies and their use in radio controlled models, as well as representing their internationally competitive modelers to the Fédération Aéronautique International (FAI) through the Aero Club of Canada. MAAC also provides liability insurance to its members and chartered clubs, among many other membership benefits.


A good description of Canadian Airspace can be found at the Langley Flying School page

Download the Designated Airspace Handbook from Nav Canada



Some Transport Canada Videos to further illustrate


Library of Congress: Regulation of Drones: Canada

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