Provincial & Territorial Child Restraint Laws

provincial car seat laws

Provincial Car Seat Laws vary greatly. Laws can be a great starting point on how to keep your child safe in the vehicle but are often outdated and we always recommend following best practice. For information on best practice and to ensure your child is traveling as safe as possible, check out the Four Stages Of Car Seat Safety.

All Provinces are “proper use” meaning that all child restraints and booster seats must be used according to manufacturers instruction, including installation and proper harnessing of the child.

Here is a handy Provincial & Territorial Child Restraint Laws Chart

 

Alberta


Must be properly restrained until age six (6) OR 40lbs (18kg)
Child restraints and booster seats must be used according to manufacturers instructions

Link to written law: Part 5 – Occupant Restraint Systems, page 38.

 

British Columbia

Must rear face to minimum age one (1), and 20lb (9kg)
Must use car seat to minimum 40lb (18kg)
Must use a belt-positioning booster seat until age nine (9) OR 4’9″ (145cm)
Child restraints and booster seats must be used according to manufacturers instructions

Link to written law: Division 36 – Child Seating and Restraint Systems

 

Manitoba

Must be properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat until age nine (9) OR 80lbs (36kg) OR 4’9″ (145cm)
Child restraints and booster seats must be used according to manufacturers instructions

Link to written law: Regulations – 6(1) Reader’s Aid – for an easy-read chart, Page 5
Link to written regulations: Traffic Act for Child Restraint laws, section 186

 

New Brunswick

Must be restrained in a car seat or booster seat until age nine (9) OR 80lb (36kg) OR 4’9″ (145cm)
Child restraints and booster seats must be used according to manufacturers instructions

Link to written law: Regulation 83-163

 

Newfoundland & Labrador

Must rear face until minimum of 20lb (9kg)
Must use a car seat until minimum 40lb (18kg)
Must use a booster until age nine (9) AND 81.5 lb (37kg) AND 4’9″ (145cm)
Child restraints and booster seats must be used according to manufacturers instructions

Link to written law: Section 178.1 – Child Seat Restraint Systems

 

Northwest Territories

Must rear face until minimum 20lbs (9kg)
Must use a car seat until a minimum 40lb (18kg)
Child restraints and booster seats must be used according to manufacturers instructions

Link to written law: Seat Belt Assembly and Child Restraint System Regulations

 

Nova Scotia

Must rear face until age one (1) AND 22lb (10kg)
Must use a car seat until minimum 40lb (18kg)
Must use a booster until minimum age nine (9) OR 4’9″ (145cm)
Child restraints and booster seats must be used according to manufacturers instructions

Link to written law: Seat Belt and Child Restraint System Regulations

 

Nunavut

Child restraints and booster seats must be used according to manufacturers instructions
Must rear face until minimum 20lb (9kg)
Must use a car seat until minimum 40lb (18kg)

Link to written law: Seat Belt Assembly and Child Restraint System Regulations

 

Ontario

Must rear face until minimum 20lb (9kg)
Must use a car seat until minimum 40lb (18kg)
Must use a booster until minimum age eight (8) OR 80lb (36kg) OR 4’9″ (145cm)
Child restraints and booster seats must be used according to manufacturers instructions

Link to written law: Regulation 613 – Seat Belt Assemblies

 

Prince Edward Island

Must rear face until minimum age one (1) AND 22lb (10kg)
Must use a car seat until minimum 40lb (18kg)
Must use a booster until minimum age ten (10) OR child exceeds manufacturers stated weight limit OR 4’9″ (145cm)
Child restraints and booster seats must be used according to manufacturers instructions

Link to written law: Seat Belt Regulations

 

Quebec

Must be properly restrained until a minimum seated height of 25″ (63cm)
*Sitting on the floor, measure floor to top of the head
Child restraints and booster seats must be used according to manufacturers instructions

Link to written law: Seat Belts – Section 396

 

Saskatchewan

Must use a car seat until minimum 40lb (18kg)
Must use a booster until age seven (7) OR 80lb (36kg) AND 4’9″
Child restraints and booster seats must be used according to manufacturers instructions

Link to written law: Section 248, Page 182

 

Yukon

Must rear face until minimum 22lb (10kg) AND walking unassisted
Must use a car seat until minimum 48lb (22kg)

Must use a booster until 100lb (45kg) OR 4’9″
Child restraints and booster seats must be used according to manufacturers instructions

Link to written Law:  Yukon Government Child Car Seat Safety, and Section 86 – Restraint Systems, Page 95

One Reply to “Provincial & Territorial Child Restraint Laws”

  1. […] Ideally a child spends as much time in each stage as their car seat allows, making sure not to rush to the next stage once its minimums are met.  It is important to know that to safely and legally use a car seat all the stated minimums must be met and that the seat can no longer be used once any of the stated maximum limits have been reached. Looking to buy a new car seat? Check out this post –> Buying a Car Seat – What you need to know! Curious about your province’s child restraint law? Here is a list of Provincial Child Restraint Laws […]

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