Two-year-old Geo (GEE'-oh) Mounsef (MOON'-sehf) died after an SUV plowed into a patio in south Edmonton in May 2013, pinning him against a wall.
His parents were also injured in the crash but his five-month-old brother was unharmed.
Police alleged at the time that Richard Suter (SOOT'er) had been in his vehicle, parked outside the restaurant, when he shifted into drive instead of reverse.
The 64-year-old faces charges of impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm and refusing to give a breath sample.
Suter will return to court on Nov. 19 to set a trial date.