Here are the basics of flying drones in Canada.
Flying your drone safely and legally
From Transport Canada
This page gives you specific guidelines for how to fly a drone (also called a model aircraft, unmanned air vehicle, or UAV) safely. It also helps you understand laws that apply to drone operations.
“Do’s and don’ts” for flying your drone
If you fly your drone for fun and it weighs 35 kg or less, always follow the basic “Do’s and don’ts” for flying your drone safely and legally. Not doing so may put lives, aircraft, and property at risk.
Fly your drone during daylight and in good weather.
Keep your drone where you can see it with your own eyes – not through an on-board camera, monitor, or smartphone.
Make sure your drone is safe for flight before take-off. Ask yourself, for example: Are the batteries fully charged? Is it too cold to fly?
Respect the privacy of others. Avoid flying over private property or taking photos or videos without permission.
Don’t fly in clouds or fog.
Don’t fly closer than nine km (five nm) from any aerodrome (i.e., any airport, heliport, helipad, or seaplane base).
Don’t fly higher than 90 m (300 feet) above the ground.
Don’t fly closer than 150 m (500 feet) from people, animals, buildings, structures, or vehicles.
Don’t fly in populated areas or near large groups of people, including at sporting events, concerts, festivals, or firework shows.
Don’t fly near moving vehicles, highways, bridges, busy streets, or anywhere you could endanger or distract drivers.
Don’t fly within restricted and controlled airspace, including near or over military bases, prisons, or forest fires.
Don’t fly anywhere you may interfere with first responders.