Changes are coming to Canadian law regarding the use of drones.

Last week Transport Canada announced the new regulations, updating their already existing rules.

The new regulations come into effect June 1st, 2019 and will apply to drones between 250 grams and 25 kilograms

Drones under 250 grams will be exempt.

Included in the regulations are restrictions for operating a drone while impaired and keeping distance from controlled airspaces.

Other areas in which a drone will be prohibited to fly is in national parks, advertised events, and emergency scenes, with only members of emergency services able to operate drones over the area of an emergency.

Additionally, you must be able to see your drone with the naked eye when operating it, and must be below 400 feet.

Todd Tumback is the owner of Stealth Talon Aerial Photography and Video, and said that his business will not be drastically influenced by the change.

"Most things stay the same for me, I still do all the same paperwork and function my company at the same standard as before, it won't change me much."

He sees the changes as a move to simplify the already existing regulations.

"It just raises awareness of being away from roads and being away from air traffic, and people just, they don't really understand the law, so this is made to make it simplified so people can understand the laws a little better."

Tumback said that in the past he has witnessed people breaking the laws which drone operators are intended to follow, simply for not knowing what they were doing was illegal.

"So I walk up to the pilot who's standing in a crowd of people and ask 'please, please ground that aircraft, you're breaking many, many laws right now' and I'll tell him, 'I don't want to interfere with you so I'm backing off, but just know that you're breaking a lot of laws,' and I walk away, and of course they comply because they are unaware."

Monty Allan, owner of Chaos Choppers store said that he doesn't think that the amendments will affect his drone sales.

Allan said that while he isn't concerned about his business, but he does raise issue with the course people are required to take before becoming licenced to operate a drone.

"You can see that the exams are written by people that have their full-size commercial pilots licence, and you can see that a lot of the questions are oriented that direction, it would have been nice to get more questions and more background into actual drone specific things, a lot of it I noticed is fixed wing based, not rotary wing."

Elaborating, Allan said that skills you may need when piloting the drone go uncovered, leaving him teaching customers of his shop himself.

"Say they're flying their drone, at your maximum distance, say at half a kilometre where you're just starting to lose sight of it a little bit, if something happens to the drone, what do you do to get it back? Some of those skills they just don't know, whereas I can teach them that at the shop, how to fly it basically when all of the cool stuff quits."

Fines for breaking the regulations vary depending on the perpetrator, if an individual breaks them, fines range from $1,000 - $2,000, but if a corporation breaks them, fines can reach up to $25,000.

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