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Do you know the rules to fly a drone in Canada?

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Police in Quebec are reminding people to think twice about the rules and regulations before buying a drone.

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“We want to tell the population that, with Christmas coming over, that it’s still a machine that is quite popular,” said Laval police spokesperson Evelyne Boudreau.

“If you do not have the proper permits, there’s no where you can really fly a drone. You have to know the regulations when you buy one.”

The reminder comes after a drone was found on the roof of a home in Chomedey, Que. last July.

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Police believe the device’s battery ran out. A photograph of the owner holding a controller was extracted from the drone’s memory card.

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Boudreau noted that nothing dangerous or criminal was found on the device, but officers are meeting with the man to make sure he has his full permits.

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“They have to know there are a lot of different regulations,” Boudreau told Global News.

“There are no fly zones because of the airports and you can’t fly over autoroutes.”

If a drone is caught flying without permits, the owner can face fines of up to $3,000.

Flying a drone safely and legally

There are certain rules to flying a drone recreationally in Canada.

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If you fly a drone for fun that weighs 35 kg or less, you do not need special permission from Transport Canada.

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If it is heavier, you must get a special flight operations certificate.

You must fly your drone:

  • below 90 m above the ground
  • at least 30 m away from populated areas (if the drone weighs between 250 g and 1 kg)
  • at least 76 m away from populated areas (if the drone weighs between 1 kg and 35 kg)
  • at least 5.6 km away from aerodromes (airports, seaplane bases or places where aircraft take off and land)
  • at least 1.9 km away from heliports or helicopter aerodromes
  • away of controlled or restricted airspace
  • away from border crossings
  • at least 9 km away from a natural hazard or disaster area
  • away from places where it could interfere with police or first responders

According to Transport Canada, drones should be flown in daylight during good weather.

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“Keep your drone where you can see it with your own eyes — not through an on-board camera, monitor or smartphone,” it states.

“Respect the privacy of others — do not fly over private property or take photos or videos without permission.”

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The device must be clearly marked with your name, address and telephone number.

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rachel.lau@globalnews.ca