The provincial government of Ontario, Canada, has published an act entitled – Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018. The act contains over thirty proposed actions across eleven Ministries. These include proposals that will eliminate regulatory and licensing requirements for upholstered and stuffed articles.
The act aims to reduce business costs and eliminate trade barriers via regulatory changes. It was approved on December 10, 2018, thereby removing all Ontario-specific requirements for upholstered and stuffed articles. This is expected to save businesses in this industry around CAD 4 million a year.
The revocation means Ontario Regulation 218/01: Upholstered and Stuffed Articles under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000, will no longer apply to manufacturers, importers, distributors, renovators, home/craft operators, retailers, etc. This covered articles such as:
- Bedding items (e.g. mattresses, quilts, comforters, or pillows)
- Sporting equipment
- Pet items
- Luggage and handbags
- Stuffed toys
The revocation does not apply to federal legislation, including the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act and Textile Labelling Act. Operators must also still comply with Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act. In addition, stuffing material in dolls, plush toys and soft toys must comply with Toys Regulations.
Stakeholders should be aware that the revocation only applies to Ontario. Upholstered and stuffed articles destined for Quebec or Manitoba will still be subject to federal and provincial legislation regarding licensing, registration and labelling.
The revocation will come into effective on July 1, 2019.
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