I'm not sure if anybody who is not a member of Unmanned Systems Canada can see this report or not:
So I will summarize: At a meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal last week, Transport Canada presented a working paper entitled "Canada's Approach to Managing the Risks of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems". It's only about 4 pages long so not too bad. But one very interesting statement is made in section 3.1:
Canada intends to remove the distinction between recreational and non-recreational user categories in its accelerated rulemaking strategy.
There's really no detail beyond that. Does it mean that recreational users will suffer the same extreme regulation the commercial industry does in Canada? Or does it mean that they will essentially remove all regulation from the commercial side, since there is none on recreational users now? Or will the two meet somewhere in the middle? At this point it is not clear, but there's indication that this is intended to happen in 2016.
Ah, looks like this is a public document: (UPDATED BB: to link correct document)