The Minister of Transport announced new rules for remotely piloted aircraft systems (drones) on January 9, 2019, which were published in Canada Gazette Part II. These new rules do not come into force until June 1, 2019.

Until June 1, 2019:

  • Recreational drone pilots must continue to follow the rules found in Interim Order no. 9; and
  • Pilots using their drone for work or research must continue to follow the conditions of their Special Flight Operations Certificate or an existing exemption.

What do the new rules mean for you?

The new rules apply to all drone pilots flying drones between 250 g and 25 kg, regardless of whether the drone is flown for fun, work or research.

By June 1, 2019:

  • You must register your drone and mark it with the registration number. You can register online at
  • You must have a drone pilot certificate for the category of operation you intend to fly (Basic or Advanced). All drone pilots will need to have taken and passed an online exam, and for advanced pilot certificates, a flight review is required as well. Find out what you will need to get your certificate at

For more information, visit, email, or call 1-800-305-2059.

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