One of Amazon's drone deliverers – a flying machine called Prime Air. The online sales giant has pledged to have Prime Airs in in service sometime soon

Amazon tests drones in British Columbia

Rural British Columbia home to Amazon drone test site, company confirms

By The Canadian Press

Online shopping giant Amazon says it is testing its potential drone delivery system on Canadian soil.

Spokeswoman Kristen Kish says the Seattle-based retailer has set up a testing facility in rural British Columbia, declining to provide more specifics.

Kish says the B.C. site is one of several testing sites set up beyond U.S. borders in order to avoid running afoul of rigid rules put in place by the country’s Federal Aviation Authority.

Transport Canada says it granted permission for Amazon’s testing site in December of last year, adding the facility is currently allowed to operate for a full year.

Amazon has said it hopes to one day use drones to deliver small packages to its customers within 30 minutes of the time they place an order.

Transport Canada says the permission certificate issued to Amazon was one of nearly 1,700 such agreements reached last year.

Just Posted

Maple Ridge businesses, residents looking for relief from tent city

Both have been challenged by being near homeless camp.

UPDATE: Province putting temporary modular housing on Burnett Street

Expected to take five months, will work with city on solution to homeless camp.

Paramedics say ambulances sitting idle

Shortages in Maple Ridge, Metro Vancouver

Teacher reprimanded after swearing at student during 2017 altercation

Gregory Norman Brock was issued letter of discipline, suspended three days without pay.

RMMBA holds first training session of season in Maple Ridge

Players wore green in honour of St. Patrick’s Day

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

Canucks hang on for 7-4 win over Senators

Horvat nets 2 for Vancouver

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Prime minister defends Liberal budget measures as sales effort gets underway

Conservatives under Andrew Scheer say it’s a spree funded by borrowing against the future

Mayor meets with B.C. health minister on homeless taxi transfers

Two homeless people were discharged from Surrey Memorial and sent to a Chilliwack shelter

B.C. lottery winner being sued by co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Teacher reprimanded for conduct towards special needs student

Alan Stephen Berry told vice principal he did not have time to use positive strategies

‘Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

Most Read