Flying a drone for commercial purposes (such as for Real Estate sales), is TOTALLY ILLEGAL without a Special Flight Operations Certificate, regardless of its weight and size
Although Transport Canada do not have specific regulations for operating a drone under 250g for recreation or fun, they are quite clear about the requirements for operating drones for ‘Work’ or ‘Research’.
Realistically, flying a miniature drone around a private rural property (or in a back yard) for commercial gain, is unlikely to cause the ‘Drone Police’ to come and take you away in handcuffs, regardless of how ‘illegal’ it is, and If you are going to operate a drone ‘illegally’, and with no regard to the law and the safety regulations of Transport Canada, you are of course less likely to attract attention with a miniature toy drone, than with a professional UAV.
However, knowingly producing and publishing real estate drone footage, derived from illegal drone operations, may prompt professional operators to report the incident to the authorities, or at the very least try to educate people on the regulations and rules for using drones commercially.
Needless to say, any reports or news media of illegal use of drones, damage to property, invasion of privacy, or injury to people etc. etc., would very quickly have a huge impact on the professional image that any Real Estate company may have built up over the years.
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When you need permission to fly drones
If you fly your drone for work or research, you MUST :-
Obtain a Special Flight Operations Certificate. This certificate tells you how and where you are allowed to use your drone.
Follow the rules in the Canadian Aviation Regulations Section 602.41 – Unmanned Air Vehicles
Respect the Criminal Code, your provincial Trespass Act, and all municipal, provincial and territorial laws that apply
If you fly a drone without a certificate and should have one, we may fine up to $5,000 for a person and $25,000 for a corporation