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Transporting Children

Under Ontario law, children must be strapped into a government-approved child safety seat if they are passengers in most vehicles, such as a car, truck, or van. Child safety seats (also called child restraints) are almost always installed in the backseat of a vehicle and as far away from side door air bags as possible.

A child's age, weight and height determine the type of seat that should be used. All seats are different. Be sure to read your specific car seat manual and your vehicle manual to make sure your vehicle has the right attachments so you can install the seat properly. There are four stages of child vehicle safety: 

  • Stage 1: Rear-facing seats
  • Stage 2: Forward-facing seats
  • Stage 3: Booster seats
  • Stage 4: Seat belts

See For More Information links below for specific details on child safety seats and proper use and set-up requirements.

Child safety seats can be purchased at many different retail outlets in Kingston. The seat must have a Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) sticker (also known as a National Safety Mark) to ensure it meets Canadian government safety standards.

Many communities hold regular car seat safety clinics to ensure that child restraint systems have been properly installed. These clinics are free and open to everyone. Information about car seat clinics in Kingston is available from the Kingston and District Safety Council and Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Public Health (KFL&A Public Health). See For More Information links below for additional details.

Some Kingston taxi companies have cars with child safety seats available on request. Child safety seats are not required on school busescity buses or inter-city trains and buses.

For More Information

Child Safety — Transport Canada
An overview of Canadian Government rules and regulations governing the safety of children travelling in vehicles. Includes such topics as a Keep Kids Safe section, highlighting the different types and stages of child seats and how to install them; Government safety requirements and testing, including how long child seats are safe to use; a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ); and information on purchasing non-Canadian-government approved child seats. The Keep Kids Safe section has downloadable brochures on each of the 4 safety stages in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), English, French, Punjabi, Somali, and Spanish.

Choose the Right Safety Seat for Your Child
An illustrated guide to choosing and installing infant car seats, toddler seats and booster seats. Includes videos of how to install each type of seat.

Car Seat Safety — Children’s Health & Safety Association
Downloadable guide on how to shop and install child restraint systems, the dangers of air bags, and tips on buying new and used child safety seats.

KFL&A Public Health: Car Seat Safety
Downloadable brochure on child car seat safety: when and how to use the different types of seats and tips on how to install them. Includes a list of resources and contact information.

Driving & Transportation
Ontario Government videos on installing car seats and booster seats, how to get a driver's license, snowmobiling, water and boat safety, and more. This is an English only page, but the videos are available in a mixture of French and English.

S.E.A.T.S for Kids
A non-profit organization located in Ottawa that provides seminars, workshops, and clinics on the appropriate and correct use of child restraint systems (car seats) for children in vehicles. Kingston car seat clinic registration and calendar is avaialble. They also have a set of frequently asked questons (FAQ).

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