Drones are incredibly disruptive, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
This new technology has changed the world in so many ways, it's hard to count. And, while drones often make the news negatively – because the news tends to focus on the negatives – the overall impact of drones on the world has been overwhelmingly positive.
All over the world, governments are scrambling to make and update sensible laws for drone use, for various reasons. The important thing for you is that you stay on top of these regulations by getting and keeping your certifications.
Canada is a highly regulated market
The Canadian government has more rules regarding drone use than most other countries in the region, and they are constantly changing.
The good news on this front is that things are tending to open up. What we mean by this specifically is that things that were previously forbidden are starting to become legal but regulated. For example, more and more drones are being approved for flying over population centres, and more and more of what they call "complex ops" are being slowly but surely approved.
This is actually a fairly typical way of operating of Transport Canada, the government body that oversees all drone licensing and activities in Canada.
The advantage of such a market is that, if you are properly certified, you will find yourself with much less competition than, say, your American counterparts operating drones south of the border.
The market is still growing exponentially
The applications for drones in Canada are massive, and generally haven't come even close to being properly tapped yet.
Right now, drones are being used mostly for surveying or crop-dusting purposes and mostly in rural areas. But their potential applications in urban areas are at least an order of magnitude bigger. This is especially true when you contemplate such uses as traffic enforcement, and, of course, delivery.
There is also some talk of, in a post-pandemic world, de-globalizing to some extent, especially in the areas of production of such things as drones.
All in all, the future for the drone business in Canada looks brighter than ever.