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Nova Scotia Car Seat Laws

Each Canadian province and territory has their own laws that govern the use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts according to the child’s age, height, and weight. The law is the minimum safety standard that can be enforced. You may choose to keep your child rear facing, forward facing, or in a booster seat for longer than these minimums. Check your seat for the height, weight, and age limits.

Learn more about the best way to choose, install, and use a car seat.

Learn more about when to use a booster seat and when to transition to the adult seat belt.


Car seat and booster seat laws in Nova Scotia

It is the law in Nova Scotia that children travelling in vehicles are safely secured in a car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for their age, weight, and height and used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


Rear-facing car seat

An infant must be secured in a rear-facing seat until they’re at least 1 year old and 10 kg (22 pounds).


Forward-facing car seat

A child must be at least 1 year old and 10 kg (22 pounds) before using a forward-facing seat. A child must remain in a forward-facing seat until they’re a minimum of 18 kg (40 pounds).


Booster seat

A child must weigh a minimum of 18 kg (40 pounds) before moving to a booster seat. The child must continue to use a booster seat until they’re 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall or 9 years old.


Seat belt

According to the law, a child can use an adult seat belt when they’re either 9 years old or 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall.


The driver is responsible to ensure that all passengers under the age of 16 are securely buckled in the right car seat, booster seat, or seat belt.

For more information on Nova Scotia Child Passenger legislation, call Child Safety Link at 1-866-288-1388 ext. 1 or 902-470-7036.

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