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What's the age for children to stay home alone?
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Posted - 10/31/2007 :  16:42:14  Show Profile
Hello Friends

Is there any law that after only certain age kids are allow to be at home alone?

One is 11 year and another 5year; can I keep than home for 5-6 hrs?

Thanks and appreciate your reply.



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Posted - 11/04/2007 :  17:03:39  Show Profile
Hello Parth,

Thank you for sharing this question with us. It is a very interesting and important one.

There is no law in Ontario that dictates a specific age at which a child can be left un-supervised.

According to Dave Fleming, Assistant Director of Intake at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto,

"The law is purposefully vague when it comes to choosing a specific age [for leaving children on their own] because there are many variables to take into consideration....One eleven-year-old may feel comfortable being left alone, and knows what to do in case of an emer-gency, while another eleven-year-old may feel nervous and unsure of himself,”

You can find these quotes and more information on this in this article here:

Todays Parent - Home Alone: When is it OK to Leave Kids Alone?

You can also find some additional information here:

Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies - At what age can a child be left home alone?

Home Alone -What the law says

If you are unsure whether or not you should leave a child at home without supervision, we suggest that you contact your nearest Children's Aid Society. You can find the nearest one here:

Children's Aid Societies in Ontario

You do not have to give your name or provide any identifying information.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS

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