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), you should generally not fly:

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


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

If you are operating a drone, it is illegal to fly closer than nine km from the centre of any aerodrome, unless you have special permission from Transport Canada. If you don’t follow this rule, you could face fines of up to $3,000.

National parks

Parks Canada limits the use of 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. 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!

Flying a drone for any non-recreational activity (additional rules):

When you fly a drone for work or research (legally known as a UAV), rules also apply for:

  • flying indoors
  • foreign operators (i.e., anyone who is not Canadian and flies in Canadian airspace)

Flying indoors

If you want to fly in a building where people are present not directly associated with your operation are present, you must apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC). For example, you need an SFOC to fly a drone at a sporting event, trade show or demonstration.

You also need the property owner’s consent.

You do not need an SFOC to fly indoors when only the UAV crew or people directly helping with the UAV’s operation are in the building (e.g., actors on a movie set). However, make sure everyone present understands the risks.

Foreign operators

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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