On December 10th, 2018, the Government of Ontario has approved the revocation of the Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulation under the Technical Standards and Safety Act of 2000.
Due to the revocation, all Ontario-specific requirements for upholstered and stuffed articles imposed on businesses will be eliminated effective July 1st, 2019. However, all Ontario’s upholstered and stuffed articles must still meet applicable Federal requirements under the Canada Consumer Products Safety Act and Textile Labeling Act, as is the case in other provinces. This Federal legislation protects consumers against health and safety issues related to all types of consumer products including apparel and children’s toys.
Additionally, the Toys Regulation under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act has supplementary requirements for stuffing in dolls, plush toys and soft toys (i.e., must be clean, free of vermin, free of hard or sharp foreign matter, non-toxic and non-irritant).
The revocation also furthers government action to remove technical barriers to trade in line with the Canadian Free Trade Agreement. There will be greater regulatory clarity and efficiency for businesses as they will only have to comply with federal requirements in Ontario.