Client Groups – Parents and Children

A Seat and Seat Belt for Every Age

Are you coming home from the hospital with your newborn? Or are you travelling with a child aged 2 or a little older? Your child must be seated in the appropriate child safety seat. It's the law.

In brief

If you are transporting children in your car, you must ensure their safety by complying with the Highway Safety Code.

As of April 2019, the Highway Safety Code requires that children be secured in a child safety seat that is appropriate for their weight and height until they are 145 cm tall or 9 years old.

We also recommend that all children aged 12 or younger be seated in the back seat of the vehicle.

There are 3 child car seat stages

  • Stage 1: rear-facing seats
  • Stage 2: front-facing seats
  • Stage 3: booster seats
Useful information

Child safety seats: make an appointment to have your car seat inspected

Make an appointment with a member of the Child car seat verification network. Inspections are free of charge.

Rear-facing seats

Your little one must be secured in a rear-facing seat right from birth.

To properly choose and install a rear-facing seat, see the section on choosing the right seat at the right time.

Front-facing seats

Your child can switch to a front-facing seats once he or she weighs more than 10 kg (22 lbs), is at least one year old and can maintain an upright position on his or her own, or ideally once your child reaches the weight or height limits indicated for the rear-facing seat.

To properly choose and install a front-facing seat, see the section on choosing the right seat at the right time.

Booster seats

Your child can switch to a booster seat once he or she weighs at least 18 kg (40 lbs), or once your child reaches the weight or height limits indicated for the front-facing seat.

To properly choose and install a booster seat, see the section on choosing the right seat at the right time.

Seat Belts and Children

As soon as your child uses a booster seat—installed in the back seat—you must secure the seat and your child with the seat belt. 

Do you know exactly how the seat belt should be positioned? This is important, because if it is incorrectly positioned, it could cause injuries in the event of an accident. 

Find out how to use a seat belt for a child.

Airbags and children: follow the safety rules

Airbags can be dangerous for children if you fail to comply with certain safety rules. See the section on airbags to find out more.