News from Toyota Canada Inc!

TORONTO, ONTARIO (May 8, 2015) – kartSTART ( presented by Toyota is a unique family safety education program that is designed to give Canadian youth and their families a true, real-world understanding of the physics behind driving a motorized vehicle – and this year, the program is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

“The kartSTART program is innovative, yet simple,” kartSTART’s Russ Bond said. “We teach everything young Canadians need to know about how a vehicle works: what makes it go, what makes it stop and what makes it turn. Then we give them a hands-on opportunity to experience what they’ve learned in vehicles that fit them – go-karts. It’s simple, but it works.”

During the past four years, over 1700 Canadians have participated in the ASN/FIA Canada Safety Endorsed kartSTART program. Understanding that safety is a product of both education and training, kartSTART places importance on educating the entire family, and not just the soon-to-be new drivers. This is why the half-day program also invites parents to experience safety through education by demonstrating the Toyota Star Safety system in action – out on the tracks and in Toyota vehicles.

“The kartSTART program has demonstrated every year, how vehicle safety can be made an educational and fun experience for the entire family,” said Sandy Di Felice, Director, Toyota Canada Inc. “kartSTART brings Canadian youth and parents together around a half-day course, understanding the safety technology that is standard equipment in each new Toyota vehicle.”

With a new stop arriving at a second location in Quebec, the SC Performance facility in Trois-Rivières, the total number of national locations will increase to eight this year: Chilliwack, BC; Edmonton, AB; Saskatoon, SK; London, ON; Toronto, ON; St-Eustache, QC; Trois-Rivières, QC; and Moncton, NB.

In addition, the kartSTART fleet of karts has been updated to provide the latest available technology, enhancing the learning capabilities of the young drivers.

Canadians will also experience upgrades to the website, where all summer tour dates for the 2015 program are now available and registration can be done completely online. The schedule can be found at

For more information, and to reserve a spot in the 2015 kartSTART Presented by Toyota program, please visit or contact:

Telephone: 647-401-5153

Christmas Special Voucher SamplekartSTART presented by Toyota is celebrating its fifth year in 2015, and to kick off the holiday season, we have a great Christmas special! Give your children (ages 10 and up) the gift of driving. For a limited time, order Christmas vouchers for a kartSTART day in 2015.

Our 2015 kartSTART schedule includes sessions in: Chilliwack BC, Edmonton AB, Saskatoon SK, London (Delaware) ON, Toronto (Innisfil) ON, Montreal (St. Eustache) QC, and Moncton NB. Watch for dates to be announced in the new year!

When you purchase a voucher, let us know what session (city) you prefer so you can get priority booking for that venue.  Plus, we’re getting into the Christmas spirit by saving you $20 on each voucher purchased (regular price $79, now only $59).

Call 647-401-5153 or email to order your vouchers today!

Saskatoon 2014We love hearing from our kartSTART families about their experience with the program. Here are some comments that made us smile.

I just wanted to send you a quick note thanking you and your crew for a fun-filled afternoon at the track last Monday. My little sister, Cassie and I had a blast driving the go-karts and test driving the beautiful new Toyota line up. Big Brothers Big Sisters is so fortunate to have such wonderful organizations such as kartSTART that gives great opportunities to these kids who otherwise may not have the chance to experience activities such as yours. As a big sister, thank you for lending me those shoes and letting me go-kart. It was an unexpected surprise and I had an awesome time.

Thanks again,

Kallie Sawchuk


My son and I just attended kartSTART in London. It is a great program, it is well organized and Laurie and the staff were amazing! This was my Mother’s Day gift from my son for us to do together and I will not forget it! Thanks for creaeting this program.


Jackie Battaglia

From Pat Tremblay who was at Delaware Speedway July 29th:

Just a note to say how well done kartSTART was. The kids had a great time and Lucas is already asking if you’re running it again next year. Thanks for a fun time.

And Michelle Balan, also attending with her grandkids July 29th:

We completed the kartSTART program today at Deleware Speedway and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Our grandson loved driving the go-kart and learning from the instructors. I found your staff to be extremely helpful and accommodating to our family. They went out of their way to give our youngest grandson who was too young to drive the go-kart, a ride in a little car. Lunch was perfect and seemed to please everyone. You have a very professional team. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

Thank you to everyone for their wonderful comments. We’re always trying to improve and your feedback helps to make the program stronger every year. Feel free to contact us and let us know:

  • How was the instruction?
  • Did the kartSTART team make you feel welcome?
  • Did you enjoy lunch?
  • What did the kids think of getting out on the track?
  • How can we make things better?

Post your feedback on our Facebook page or send to

Thanks everyone!