Aiming a laser at an aircraft is not a bright idea. It’s a federal offence. Laser attacks can temporarily blind the pilot, putting all the people on board the aircraft at serious risk. In 2017, there were nearly 400 reported laser strikes on aircraft in Canada.
With some exceptions, it is now illegal to possess a hand-held laser over 1 milliwatt (mW) in public areas within:
You cannot possess a hand-held laser over 1 mW outside of a private dwelling within:
You may possess a hand-held laser anywhere in Canada for any of the following reasons:
The safety measure affects battery-powered hand-held lasers of over 1 mW in power. These lasers may look like pens or flashlights. Often, people use them when giving a lecture or presentation.
The higher the number of milliwatts (mW), the more powerful the laser.
Use the map to learn where the new safety measure is in effect. If you plan on using your laser outside, such as in a park, be sure to check out the map before you go.
More information is available at the Transport Canada website.