Algoma Public Health
- Child Safety
Many people are surprised to learn that preventable injuries kill more Canadian children each year than any other disease. The good news is that we can take a few small steps to avoid these injuries and protect our children. Remember everyone has a role to play in keeping a child safe.
DID YOU KNOW:
- 4/5 children are not correctly buckled into their seats
- Misuse rates range from 44% to 81% for car seats, and 30% to 50% for booster seats
Canadian Pediatric Society, 2008
Car Time Stages
Car seats and booster seats must be purchased in Canada and show the National Safety Mark for use in Canada. It is illegal to use a car seat or booster seat purchased from another country (e.g., the U.S.) Look for this symbol to know it has been approved for use in Canada:
|Child Definitions||Stage||Legal Requirements in Ontario|
birth until 9 kg (20 lbs)
|Rear-facing||Must be in a rear-facing car seat harnessed and installed in the vehicle according to the manufacturer's instructions.|
9 kg (20 lbs) until 18 kg (40 lbs)
|Forward-facing||Must be in an appropriate car seat (rear or forward-facing) harnessed and installed in the vehicle according to the manufacturer's instruction. [forward-facing car seats must have a top tether strap secured in addition to the seat belt or universal anchorage system]|
18 kg (40 lbs) until 8 years old, 4ft .9 inches, or 36 kg (80 lbs)
|Booster seats||Must ride in an appropriate forward facing car seat or booster seat harnessed and installed according to the manufacturer's instructions.|
Note: The law is always the minimum requirement.
How do I install Rear Facing, Forward-Facing, or Booster Seat?
Visit Keep Kids Safe for more information and videos.
Adapted from: Transport Canada
Date of Creation: June 1, 2015
Last Modified: June 1, 2015