The Government of Canada recently unveiled new rules for recreational drone use in Canada, which Transportation Minister Marc Garneau says are to “enhance the safety of aviation and the public.”
While some might see this as a step back, those within the space are forging ahead and bring the idea of delivering packages by drones a reality in Canada.
Toronto-based Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has been testing its drone program in northern Ontario and announced it has received an additional Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada to operate in Southern Ontario. According to DDC, which now has three SFOC’s, this certificate is a “critical component… towards receiving its operator status from the Canadian regulators to commence commercial operations.”
“We are very pleased with the level of support we continue to receive from our Federal regulators,” said Tony Di Benedetto, the CEO of Drone Delivery Canada. “We have been working very closely with all our stakeholders including the Canadian Federal Government to work collectively to bring this next generation technology to Canadians. We all want to see Canada become global leaders in this cutting-edge technology.”
When approved to take flight in Canadian skies, Drone Delivery Canada says the first location it will launch its program will be in northern Ontario “to connect Indigenous communities in remote Canada to foster economic sustainability and provide greater accessibility to these communities where ever possible.”
The company previously announced drone delivery projects with Staples and Napa Auto Parts.