No drone zones

From Transport Canada

No Drone Zone signage

No Drone Zone signage is available in various format to interested airports, parks and municipalities who would like to post signage around the perimeter of their property or event.

No Drone Zone sign
(PDF, 329 KB)

Contact Transport Canada’s Outreach and Creative Services Unit for more information.

“No drone zones” identify areas where it may be unsafe or illegal to fly your drone.

When you operate a drone for any reason (recreationally or non-recreationally) without permission, you should generally not fly:

  • around airports and aerodromes
  • in busy, populated areas
  • in national parks
  • over border crossings

Aerodromes

Aerodromes include airports, heliports and seaplane bases or anywhere that aircraft take off and land.

If you are operating a drone for recreational purposes, it is illegal to fly closer than:

  • 5.5 km from aerodromes, and
  • 1.8 km from heliports or aerodromes used by helicopters only

If you don’t follow this rule, you could face fines of up to $3,000.

Anyone operating a drone for non-recreational purposes must hold a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada in order to fly in the vicinity of an aerodrome.

Interactive Map: The National Research Council has developed an Interactive Map to help drone operators select sites away from aerodromes and built-up areas. The map is provided for your convenience only.  Read the disclaimer before using it.

National parks

Parks Canada limits the use of all aircraft, including both recreational and non-recreational drones in our national parks. However, a park superintendent may allow their use in some cases. If you want to fly a drone in a national park, contact Parks Canada first.

Outside Canada

Rules for drones are not the same in all countries. Flying drones across international borders is not permitted. An approval to operate in Canada is not valid in any other country. Always check a country’s aviation regulations before you fly in that country.

Other “no drone zones”

If you fly a recreational drone, always follow the rules outlined in the Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft. This infographic provides a quick overview of the rules. Following these rules will help keep people, aircraft, and property safe. If you fly where you are not allowed or choose not to follow the rules, you could face fines of up to $3,000.

Think safety first!

Foreign operators

When you fly an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) for work or research, rules also apply for foreign operators (i.e., anyone who is not Canadian and flies in Canadian airspace).

Foreign operators may only fly a UAV in Canada with an approved SFOC. Before you apply, you must already be allowed to use the drone for the same purpose in your home country. Include your country’s approval or authorization as part of your SFOC application.

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