Unmanned Air Vehicles (Drones)

Use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) commonly known as a drone on the ULETH campus or for any ULETH business must follow Transport Canada's guidelines, the new rules for Drones in Canada (2019),and have approval from your Department Head in consultation with Campus Safety.

In Canada, there are 2 main categories of drone operation: basic and advanced. Each one has a different set of rules drone pilots must follow. The weight of your drone, distance from bystanders and airspace rules define your category. To deterime the applicable category of drone operation (basic or advanced) refer to Transport Canada for specific information.

A summary of the basic rules are as follows: Drone_Infographic_3_EN.pdf 


Fly your drone for University business and research: 

  • where you can see it at all times below 122m (400ft)
  • at least 1.9 km from heliports and 5.6km from airports and outside controled air space
  • away from emergency sites and advertised events (i.e. concerts, parades)
  • by registering your information with Campus Safety and to ensure liability insurance is in order

Basic Drone Operations:

Fly at least 30 m horizontally away from bystanders

Advanced Drone Operations:

For eligible drones, get permission from NAV Canada to fly in controlled airspace or to fly over bystanders

Drone filming for commercial, documentary, educational purposes, and for student class productions must obtain approval from the appropriate department or Faculty lead and follow Transport Canada Guidelines.

University drone use activities requiring proof of insurance must be directed through insurance.risk@uleth.ca and off campus unmanned air vehicle use over or on other premises should include written permission from the owner.

ULSU clubs are required to obatin approval from the ULSU to ensure the activity is sanctioned and insurance is in order for any club realted activity involving the use of a drone.