FAQs: Drone Operations and Air Cargo Licencing
What is new? A milestone.
On October 26, 2020, the Canadian Transportation Agency issued the first licence in Canada for a drone cargo delivery service .
I am a drone operator thinking about providing drone services. Do I need a licence?
If you plan to operate a publicly available air service to transport goods using a drone for monetary gain, you will require a licence.
Operation of the following specialty air services doesn’t require a licence: aerial photography, aerial reconnaissance, aerial survey, aerial inspection or aerial advertising.
For more information about the kinds of services requiring licences and the requirements for obtaining a licence, see our Canadian Air Carrier Licence Application Guide.
What requirements must I meet to be issued a licence?
To hold a licence to operate a domestic publicly available air service, applicants must demonstrate that they:
- Meet Canadian ownership and control requirements,
- Hold the appropriate third party liability insurance,
- Hold the appropriate Canadian Aviation Document(s) from Transport Canada.
For more information, see our Canadian Air Carrier Licence Application Guide.