A few weeks ago, Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau revised an Interim Order that placed harsh restrictions on drone operators, prompting praise from industry leader DJI. Garneau was responding to over 2,000 write-ins from displeased drone enthusiasts. DJI appreciated the quick response, saying that while there was room for further improvement, it was a step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, it looks to be a case of one step forward, two steps back, as Transport Canada has published a new set of draft regulations that impose some unnecessary restrictions on drone owners. What seems to be at the center of the issue is Transport Canada’s failure to differentiate between recreational and commercial drone use, meaning that anybody looking to just play with their drone in their own backyard has to adhere to the same strict set of rules as large companies using fleets of drones.

Among the restrictions are a $100,000 insurance requirement to operate any drone weighing more than 250 grams (or half a pound), and a ban on flying any drone within 100 feet of people. Those two rules alone make drone flying impossible for millions of Canadians.

DJI isn’t taking these new restrictions lying down, taking full advantage of the government’s consultation to make their voice heard, and they encourage drone users to do the same. Any comment must be submitted by Oct 13, 2017 and you can do so right here.

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