2 Jan 2019
Ontario to Eliminate Certain Labelling Requirements for Upholstered and Stuffed Articles
The Canadian Province of Ontario has approved the revocation effective from 1 July 2019 of a regulation that requires upholstered and stuffed articles offered for sale in the province to bear a label containing certain specific information and register with the Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority. Upholstered and stuffed articles sold in Ontario will continue to be subject to all applicable federal requirements, including the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act and the Textile Labelling Act, as well as Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act.
Ontario authorities indicate that the revocation of this regulation is expected to save businesses at least CA$4 million a year in licencing costs. Businesses are also expected to save costs related to the need for an Ontario-specific label and inspection activity by the TSSA. Moreover, there will be greater regulatory clarity and efficiency for businesses as they will only have to comply with federal requirements in Ontario. It is worth mentioning that the Provinces of Quebec and Manitoba, which have very similar requirements for upholstered and stuffed articles, intend to preserve those provisions for the foreseeable future.