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Playground and School Zones

Lower speed limits around playgrounds and schools improves safety by warning motorists of the possibility of unexpected or unintentional children entering onto the roadway. Please help keep our roads safe by obeying all posted speed limits and be sure to watch for children crossing the roads!

Children walking in the fall.

Playground Zones

What is the difference between a playground area and a playground zone?


Playground area signPlayground Area
A playground area is indicated by a yellow playground sign without a black and white speed sign attached to the post. It is a warning to alert drivers that a playground is near and to be cautious that children may be close by. Drive through the area with extra caution, but the speed limit does not change from the previously posted limit.


Playground Zone signPlayground ZoneA playground zone has a black and white 30 km/h sign attached below the yellow sign. When you pass this sign, you have entered a playground zone and must stay within the maximum posted speed during the times the zone is in effect.

What are the playground zone speeds and times?

The playground zone speed limit is 30 km/h. It is in effect starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending one hour after sunset.


Playground zone speeds are established under the Provincial Traffic Safety Act, Section 107. Playground zone times are established under the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation, Sections 4, 5, 7 and 8.

When does a playground zone end?

50 km/h speed sign


A playground ends when a traffic sign indicates either a higher speed or the end of the zone.

How are playground zones located?

New playground zones are created according to guidelines set out by the Transportation and Association of Canada and Alberta Transportation. 

Who decides on the signs for playground zones?

The signs for playground zones are established by the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada and by the Transportation Association of Canada.

School Zones

What is the difference between a school area and a school zone?


School Area signSchool Area Sign


A school area is indicated by a green school sign without a black and white speed sign attached to the post. It is a warning to alert drivers that a school is near and to be cautious that children may be close by. 
Drive through the area with extra caution, but the speed limit does not change from 
the previously posted limit.


School Zone signSchool Zone Sign


A school zone has a black and white 30 km/h sign attached below the green school sign. When you pass this sign, you have entered a school zone and must stay within the maximum posted speed during the times the zone is in effect.

What are the school zone speeds and times?

The school zone speed limit is 30 km/h, and is in effect between the following times on school days:


8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.


School zone speeds are established under the Provincial Traffic Safety Act, Section 107. School zone times are established under the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation, Sections 4, 5, 7 and 8.

When does a school zone end?


50 km sign


A school zone ends when a traffic sign indicates either a higher speed or the end of the zone.

How are school zones located?

New school zones are created according to guidelines set out by the Transportation Association of Canada and Alberta Transportation.

Who decides on the signs for school zones?

The signs for school zones are established by the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada and by the Transportation Association of Canada.

Further information:

Transportation and Agriculture Services
Phone: 780-417-7100
Email: transportationandagriculture@strathcona.ca

Last updated: Monday, January 11, 2016
Page ID: 40235