BC Child Seat Regulations
BC regulations require that child passengers are appropriately secured according to their age and development until their 9th birthday unless the child has reached the height of 145 cm (4'9") tall.
Previous exemptions for Drivers of rental vehicles and out of province vehicles have been REMOVED. If you are visiting Vancouver Island, your child must be secured in an age-appropriate seat that meets Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
Failure to adhere to BC Child Passenger Regulations will result in a $109.00 traffic fine.
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Infants must be secured in rear-facing infant seat away from an active frontal airbag until at least 12 months old and 9 kg (20 lbs).
It is safer for a child to remain rear-facing as long as possible, up to the car seat's maximum weight or height limit. Children who reach the upper weight limit of the rear-facing child seat but are still under 12 months will need a convertible child seat with a higher weight limit.
After reaching at least 12 months and 9 kg (20 lbs) a child must be restrained in a child safety seat until at least 18 kg (40 lbs) and may travel in the forward-facing position.
It is safer for a child to remain in a child seat (five-point harness) for as long as possible, up to the car seat's maximum weight or height limit.
Children who weight at least 18 kg (40 lbs) must be restrained in a booster seat until they are at least nine years old or reach 145 cm (4'9") tall.
Children who reach the upper weight limit of the booster seat but are still under nine years old and 145 cm (4'9") tall will need a new booster seat with a higher weight limit.
For more informaton on the Regulations please go to: ICBC or BCAA