Transport Canada just released draft permanent rules for comment. They propose a complex set of rules that vary among 5 different categories of drone. While the proposed rules will make commercial use a bit easier, they are not friendly to personal use.
MobileSyrup details the proposed rules and comments that: “The new rules, if approved, would dramatically reduce the paperwork burden on both Transport Canada and commercial drone operators, but they would also increase the costs for all pilots while their impact on air safety remains uncertain.”
Unless the drone is 250 grams or less, even hobbyists must have insurance, and must pass a written test. Drones must also be compliant with a yet to be named standard.
This is being done in the name of safety, but strikes me as being overly complex and burdensome. The rules are open for comment until mid October.