Unmanned Air Vehicles (Drones)

Use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) commonly known as a drone on the ULETH campus or for ULETH business must follow Transport Canada's guidelines.


A summary of the basic safety rules are as follows:

Fly the drone:

  • below 90 m above the ground
  • at least 30 m away from vehicles, vessels, and the public (if your drone weighs more than 250 g up to 1 kg)
  • at least 75 m away from vehicles, vessels, and the public (if your drone weighs more than 1 kg up to 35 kg)
  • at least 5.5 km away from aerodromes (any airport, seaplane base, or areas where aircraft take-off and land)
  • at least 1.8 km away from heliports or aerodromes used by helicopters only
  • outside of controlled or restricted airspace
  • at least 9 km away from a natural hazard or disaster area
  • away from areas where operation could interfere with police or first responders
  • during the day and not in clouds
  • within your sight at all times
  • within 500 m of yourself or closer
  • only if clearly marked with your name, address, and telephone number
  • all operators who fly a drone weighing more than 250g are required to hold proof of liability insurance for a minimum amount of $100,000

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.

Flying for non-recreational use?

You must follow the rules in the Canadian Aviation Regulations, Sec 602.41- Unmaned air vehicles: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-96-433/FullText.html#h-789