Where and when children can freely roam depends on a number of factors, including the age of the child and what is permitted.

In today's age of hyper-vigilance, there are a plethora of regulations and statutes that stipulate what kinds of activities children may or may not engage in when left unattended. The minimum age at which a person is considered a minor varies from one province to another. Although there may be significant discrepancies between what is required and what is actually done, it is still useful to be familiar with the rules. And remember, it's always preferable to inquire before assuming Here are some examples of activities that children can do without their parents' supervision across the country, from flying solo to babysitting:

When you're on your own at home, here are the essentials

Only Ontario (16 years), Manitoba (12), and New Brunswick (12) have set minimum ages for leaving a child home alone. However, it is strongly recommended by social service organizations that no child under the age of 12 be left at home alone. A child is considered to be under the age of 18 in six provinces and one territory, while the age of 16 is used as the standard in five others, including Nova Scotia and Nunavut. Those under the age of 19 are still considered minors in all but British Columbia and New Brunswick.

While traveling

Only Quebec has a minimum age of seven for leaving children in a vehicle without an adult present (though good ventilation is important at any age and in any setting).


This is one of the main reasons why parents don't know when their kids can be left alone and under what conditions. In Canada, there is no required age for a babysitter to work, so it's not unusual for kids as young as 12 to start working in the field. Child care, first aid, injury prevention, and leadership and business skills are the focus of the Canadian Red Cross' babysitting course, which is aimed at young people ages 11 to 15.

This project, titled Leave Those Kids Alone, by Today's Parent and Maclean's magazine explores the relationship between children and autonomy.

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Convention centers, festivals, and sporting events

There is no minimum age requirement for children to visit Canada's Wonderland in Toronto without an adult, but a park representative did say that staff would "intervene to ask if they're lost, if there is a parent nearby; if not, they will ask if they're lost." For the sake of the child's well-being, we will make every effort to get in touch with a parent or guardian. ” 

While similar policies exist at other amusement parks, this one is unique. Underage visitors to Playland and The Fair at Vancouver's Pacific National Exhibition must be accompanied by an adult. But child-welfare regulations still hold true there as elsewhere. Therefore, parents who leave their young children at an amusement park for the day may be reported anonymously and investigated by social services.

According to Today's Parent, "this new urban adventure camp will teach kids how to navigate the big city."

When you visit the largest waterpark in British Columbia, Cultus Lake Waterpark, you'll have a blast. C Children younger than eight years old need adult supervision at all times. Children under the age of eight are required to be accompanied by an adult (15+) at all times while using public pools in the city of Edmonton.

Just as most amusement parks rely on the discretion of their adult visitors, so do professional sports teams. There is no minimum age or special service for children at Rogers Centre, so parents can decide if they want to bring their children to a Toronto Blue Jays game without them.


Younger than eight must travel with an adult or use Air Canada's accompanied minor service. On the other hand, this service is required for all unaccompanied children ages 8-11 and is voluntary for those aged 12-17.

Minors (those under the age of 15) require an adult companion while riding Greyhound buses. If the trip lasts less than five hours, the kids can't switch from one coach to another, and the trip starts during the day and ends before 10 p.m., then kids ages 8 to 14 can ride the bus alone. m and a few other guidelines


Although there is no legal age restriction on using public transportation in Vancouver, the issue is still muddled. A local father and parenting blogger was told by the province last year that he must stop letting his children, then aged 7, 8, 9, and 11, take the bus to school alone. The staff informed him that anyone under the age of 12 was not allowed to look after the younger kids alone. There is no policy in place by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) regarding unaccompanied minors; it is up to parents to decide whether or not their children are allowed to ride the bus, streetcar, or subway.

Adolescents now have more opportunities than ever before. The legal age in Ontario to ride an electric bicycle is 16.

I am not overprotective because I have experienced the death of a child.

Theatrical venues

Cineplex, the largest theater chain in the country, offers discounted children's movie tickets to patrons aged 3-13. Movie tickets for a G-rated film are available to children in that age range, provided they are accompanied by an adult. Cineplex's communications director Sarah Van Lange says that the theater has safety and security measures in place to protect children who are unattended even though the company has no set minimum age requirement for children to attend a movie without an adult.  

On the job

Minimum legal working ages do not exist in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, and Quebec. However, the Canada Labour Code and the laws of most provinces require that children's employment does not interfere with school, and in some cases prohibit dangerous work and require the employer to obtain a permit.

In provinces like Alberta and Manitoba, where the minimum age to work is 12 (as opposed to 14 in most other provinces and territories), there are limits on the number of hours a child can put in during school hours; for example, they cannot work overnight. When considering option B, C Technically, kids as young as 12 can start working, but they need a child employment permit from the director of employment standards. However, anyone working with employees younger than 19 must act as a 24-hour supervisor.

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