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Canada: Health Canada published new corded window coverings regulations

MAY 2019 - Relevant for: Hardlines

On 01 May 2019, Health Canada published new Corded Window Coverings Regulations1 to help eliminate the risk of injuries and/or deaths of children caused by strangulation from corded window coverings.

Points to note:

  • The new regulations become effective on 01 May 2021.
  • The Corded Window Coverings Regulations SOR/2019-97 (“the Regulations”), made under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), restrict small parts, lead content and the length of reachable cords and the size of loops that can be created by a cord in order to help eliminate the risk of strangulation. The Regulations repeal and replace SOR/2016-172.
  • Additionally, there are labeling requirements, including, but not limited to:
    • The following information must appear on every corded window covering, as well as on any packaging in which the corded window covering is displayed to the consumer:
    • its model name or model number;
      • its date of manufacture, consisting of the year and either the month or week, listed in that order;
      • in the case of a corded window covering that is manufactured in Canada, the name and principal place of business of the manufacturer or the person for whom the corded window covering was manufactured; and
      • in the case of a corded window covering that is imported for commercial purposes, the name and principal place of business of the manufacturer and the importer.
    • The following warning or its equivalent must appear on every corded window covering, the packaging of the corded window covering, any accompanying instructions and all of the advertisements for the corded window covering:
      • WARNING
      • STRANGULATION HAZARD — Young children can be strangled by cords. Immediately remove this product if a cord longer than 22 cm or a loop exceeding 44 cm around becomes accessible.

[1] Corded Window Coverings Regulations

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