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Tools for Child Passenger Safety Technicians and Advocates in Atlantic Canada


Are you a Child Passenger Safety Technician or someone who supports families in safely transporting their children? Here are some tools you may find helpful.


Training Opportunities

The Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC) provides a national, up-to-date Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) training program.  

Child Safety Link supports Child Passenger Safety Technician training opportunities throughout the Maritimes.  Help parents and caregivers choose and use car seats and booster seats safely.   


Register for currently available courses or add your self to the waiting list at this link. Space in these training classes is limited and often reserved for those who work with vulnerable families.


Networking Tools

Newsletter: Sign up for the Car Seat Connection Newsletter for news, events and information for Atlantic Canada from Child Safety Link: 
Facebook: Join us at Atlantic Tech Talk to connect with local CPSTs. 


Resources for Families


View the Child Safety Link resources for families including videos, a postcard and tear-off sheets for each stage. Currently available in English, French & Arabic.
– Order print versions of these resources for free within the Atlantic provinces.
– Families with questions can also call our toll-free number at 1-866-288-1388.



Do you need photos for a poster or display? We have a photobank with photos of local kids in current, Canadian car seats and booster seats.


Booster Seat Lesson Plan: 

This 20 minute intervention is evidence-based and well received by children and schools. 
This program is a part of the NS curriculum for Grade 2 and can positively influence booster seat use for this age group.

A letter has been sent to schools in Nova Scotia in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. English /  French

Additional resources to support the lesson plan include:


Tools for Law Enforcement: 

There is evidence for enforcement checks creating community awareness for the need to use car seats and booster seats while reaching families who need support.
Roadside Checkpoint Toolkit can help you to plan one in your community.


Tools for hospitals and community services:

Policy: The IWK’s evidence-based Infant Car Seat Education Policy is available. Resources for nurses to support this policy are available on request

and include a nurse pocket-reference card and an LMS learning module.


Workshop: A 3-hour workshop to support the safe transportation of children of all ages by social workers, access workers and drivers is available on request.


Other Tools for Technicians

Check forms: can be printed here or you can order them for free.
Manual: CPSTs can login on CPSAC.org and download the technician manual.
Recertification: Information on recertification can be found here.


Other CPS Reports and Resources

Infographic: Kids in Cars in Atlantic Canada – What You Need to Know
* Sources cited document available here: references
Highlights from the Nova Scotia Child Passenger Safety Strategy from 2005-2015: click here
Child Passenger Safety Primer (overview of the issue): click here
Child Passenger Safety Symposium 2016 report: click here


Do you have questions or need support in Atlantic Canada? 
Call us anytime at 902-470-7324 or email katherine.hutka@iwk.nshealth.ca.