Car & booster seats are mandatory for kids, and SGI has a new grant to help

Keep the smallest passengers #SafeAndSnug

Regina, SK (May 11, 2018) — A proper car seat is one of the most important ways to keep a baby or small child safe and snug at every age and stage, but there are people who struggle to afford one, or simply don’t know they legally need one.

A properly fitted car seat is the best way to prevent injury to children in a collision. In Saskatchewan, one in four children injured or killed in collisions were found to be in an incorrect car seat, an incorrectly installed car seat, or not to be using one at all.1

That’s why SGI and the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute are pleased to partner to announce a new Car Seat Grant program. The program is open to non-profit groups and law enforcement agencies to purchase car seats, to a maximum of $2,500 per year per organization. Organizations can apply for the grant, and if successful, will receive the funds to purchase the car seats that meet their needs. The grant will be offered four times per year.

“When we spoke to the groups and organizations that have received SGI Community Grants in the past, many said they were applying to that program to get funding for car seats,” said Penny McCune, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Auto Fund. “Since we found there was a dedicated need for car seats, we created a grant program specifically for that need.”

To apply for the grant, visit the SGI website and download the Car Seat Grant application form. Applications are open now, and will close on May 30, with those selected for grants notified at the end of June 2018. There will be additional opportunities to apply for the grant throughout the year, with funds awarded in September, December and March.

SGI gives back through events that support our communities, and donates to charities and not-for-profit organizations. Preference is given to organizations and events likely to provide lasting benefits to the citizens of the province.

Under the law, children must be properly restrained in the appropriate infant/car/booster seat, and facing the right way (forward or backwards depending on their size and age). Car seats are mandatory for children under 18 kg (40 lbs) and booster seats are mandatory for children under seven years of age.

Wondering if your child has the right fit? Attend an upcoming car seat clinic. From May to September 2018, attend a car seat clinic to check that your child is #SafeandSnug and you’ll be entered in a monthly draw to win one of four car seats, plus a grand prize of a $1,000 RESP compliments of the Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan.


1. Compiled from the SGI Traffic Accident Information System (TAIS).


Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province’s self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of nearly 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. For more information, visit