About this dashboard

This is a dashboard to give a high level overview of the coming Canadian commercial UAV regulations and to link you to all of the resources that you will need.

Status of the new rules

Proposed 30%

CURRENT: Canada Gazette 1 release of proposed regulations
NEXT: Public feedback


These are the resources you will need to do your research

Aerobotika’s new rules resources

  • About UAV Regulations Canada Gazette I
  • The proposed regulations deciphered
  • What the proposed UAV regulations mean to you

Official government resources

Unmanned Systems Canada resources

  • CG1 Announcement
  • Feedback forum

Discussion forums

  • Facebook: Special Flight Operations Certificate group
  • Facebook: Unmanned Systems Canada group


The most common questions about the new regulations. This list will continue to grow as more questions come up.

What is the regulatory process?

The process is as follows

  1. 2015 Winter: Notice of Proposed Amendments
  2. 2017 Summer: Canada Gazette I – Proposed
  3. 2017 Summer and Fall: Public feedback
  4. 2017 Winter: Canada Gazette II – Law
  5. 2018 Summer: Completed Implementation

We have a more detailed look at the process in our post Proposed Commercial UAV Regulations Released

When will the new regulations be law?

Winter 2017/2018 is what we are expecting. They become law when they are published in Canada Gazette II.

I am a UAV operator, what now?

This is going to depend on who you are and what you do. At the very least, you are going to be getting your UAV pilot permit as well as defined policies, processes, procedures, and checklists.

Aerobotika highly recommends developing the following:

  • Company operations manual
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) manual
  • Custom developed checklists for
    • Normal procedures
    • Emergency procedures

We can also help you with us, just give us a call at 1-800-579-1UAV or email sales@aerobotika.com

How do I start using UAVs?

Check back soon or subscribe to our blog at the bottom of this page. We are going to be detailing this in a future post VERY soon.

Are the rules more restrictive or less?

It all depends how you look at it, less in some cases and more in others. What you could and couldn’t do isn’t going to change a lot, it is more about how to get approved to do it.

BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) is what we are all waiting for to give us the freedom to create some amazing solutions, but we are still a few years from seeing that unless you use one of the approved sites for BVLOS.

What training will be required?

Training requirements are going to change, albeit not in a huge way. This will be announced soon. Look for exam information soon as well.

How can my voice be heard?

You have 90 days from July 15th, 2017 to comment.

This one is really important. To make it easier we have put a few links in the resources to the left. Unmanned Systems Canada will be the best choice for taking feedback.

“Interested persons may make representations concerning the proposed Regulations to the Minister of Transport within 90 days after the date of publication of this notice. All such representations must cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, and the date of publication of this notice, and be addressed to Chief, Regulatory Affairs, Civil Aviation, Safety and Security Group, Department of Transport, Place de Ville, Tower C, 330 Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N5 (general inquiries — tel.: 613-990-1184 or 1-800-305-2059; fax: 613-990-1198; internet address: http://www.tc.gc.ca).”

What about my existing SFOC?

The short answer is, you won’t need it July 2018. You will need the policies and procedures typically found in a company operations manual, some other checklists, and a pilot permit. The SFOC itself will only be required when you meet one of the following conditions:

  • Your commercial aircraft is over 25 KG total takeoff weight
  • Your recreational aircraft is over 35 KG total takeoff weight
  • The aircraft will be operated beyond visual line of sight
  • You are the operation of an unmanned aircraft by a foreign operator who has been authorized to operate unmanned aircraft systems by the foreign state
  • You’re flying at a special aviation event like an airshow
  • You are operating in Class F Special Use Restricted Airspace — UAS
  • Your visual observer is in / on a moving aircraft, vehicle or vessel, as referred to in subsection
  • You are carrying a restricted payload that is referred to in section 900.26
  • You are operating from a moving aircraft, vehicle or vessel
  • The pilot is handing over PIC duties to another pilot in command during flight
  • The pilot is transferring control from one control station to another and is not in direct control of both stations
  • You are operating AT an aerodrome listed in the CFS/WAS
  • You are towing an object
  • You are flying in formation
  • You are conducting aerobatic maneuvers
  • You are operating at night from an un-lighted site
  • Any other situation that Transport Canada decides warrants it