Aiming a laser at an aircraft—Not a bright idea

Aiming a laser at an aircraft has been a federal offence for many years. We put a safety measure in place to protect Canadians from laser attacks on aircraft. Find out where the safety measure is in effect and if it affects you.

Many hand-held lasers are now prohibited

With some exceptions, it is now illegal to possess a hand-held laser over 1 milliwatt (mW) in public areas within:

  • municipalities within the greater Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver regions
  • a 10-kilometre radius of any airport and certified heliports

Understand the new safety measures

Find out when and where you can and can’t possess a hand-held laser pointer over 1 milliwatt.

Explore the interactive map

If you plan to use a laser outside, consult this map first.


Dangers of aiming a laser at an aircraft or into airspace

Understand why aiming a laser at an aircraft is illegal and a criminal offence.

Reporting a laser attack on an aircraft

How to report a laser attack to the police or Transport Canada.




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Not a bright idea

Pointing a laser at an aircraft is illegal and a criminal offence. And it’s happening more and more.

Offenders will be charged and could face fines up to $100,000, 5 years in prison – or both.

Lasers put the pilot, crew, passengers, and people on the ground at risk of injury or death.

If you see someone point a laser at an aircraft, report it to your local police.


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