Canada’s regulations for foreign commercial UAV operators


Canada’s relatively favorable framework for commercial UAV operations is attracting interest among foreign operators who are frustrated with restrictions in their home jurisdictions. The following provides a breakdown of Canadian regulations affecting foreign commercial operators:

Canada’s regulations for foreign commercial UAV operators

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  • Most of the time SFOC is only required for commercial use in Canada, majority of the drones under 2kg for recreational use is exempted from needing a SFOC. There are some criteria that apply, such as always maintaining a line of sight.

  • Hey, don't send them up here to frozen northern Alberta!

    I have a good thing going up here and don't need the publicity.

  • It doesn't matter how often this "favorable framework in Canada" thing is repeated, it does not make it true.  Canada has some of the most restrictive policies in the world, second only probably to the US.  This article reinforces that.  The Canadian government is inviting US companies to come fly in Canada, only if they have a COA or SOC, which are almost impossible to get?  Or how about forming a new company headquartered in Canada, and restricting operations to a testing ground in frozen Alberta?  And/or, waiting 20+ days for a permit for every flight.

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