Transport Canada Takes Steps Toward Growing Drone Industry


Transport Canada is moving forward with a number of safety initiatives for drones.

Kate Young, member of Parliament for London West and parliamentary secretary to the minister of transport, on behalf of Minister Marc Garneau, has outlined concrete steps that have been taken to improve safety and support innovation in one of Canada’s fastest-growing industries.

This includes launching a new incident-reporting tool to keep Canadians safe from reckless drone use and issuing new exemptions for non-recreational operators, says Transport Canada.

The department says it is focused on a number of key areas:

  • Helping Canadians report safety concerns through a new online tool;
  • Improving regulations for drone operators;
  • Simplifying rules for commercial operators with two new exemptions;
  • Supporting innovation for commercial operators at a new drone test site in Alberta;
  • Partnering with retailers to provide safety information at the point-of-sale; and
  • Launching a No Drone Zone public awareness campaign.

“Transport Canada is proud of the work that’s been done over the past year to improve safety for Canadians and support innovation for the drone industry,” says Young. “Many Canadians will receive or purchase drones over the holidays this year, and we encourage all new operators to learn the rules and help us keep the skies safe.”

“In the past few years, the use of drones in Canada has increased tremendously, and it’s a good time to be working with this industry,” adds Marc Garneau, minister of transport. “Transport Canada is taking a number of steps to improve safety and innovation in this sector, including engaging retailers so new drone users are aware of the rules from the start, introducing an efficient tool for Canadians to report safety issues, and helping drone users test new technology.”

So far in 2016, the department has issued 4,298 special flight operating certificates, compared with 2,480 in 2015 (an increase of 73%).

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