The Canadian Council on Geomatics (CCOG) is pleased to release the report titled “Environmental Scan on the Operational Use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for Geomatics Applications in Canada“. The report, developed with funding from Natural Resources Canada (GeoConnections Program), provides insight into the operational requirements of using RPAS, or drones, in Canada. The intent of the report was to close the knowledge gaps between organizations that have already begun to use RPAS with those that are intending to do so. The main goal was to reduce the chance for duplication of work between organizations in their developments of RPAS-specific geomatics programs and services. Over 200 sources of scientific and grey literature in addition to operational experience and policy recommendations were synthesized to provide an overview of the technological and regulatory aspects of RPAS operations, as well as best practises and risk management strategies.