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.

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