Health Canada Revisits Toy Safety Legislation

Health Canada, the national public health department of the country, is revising its toy safety legislation and has opened a review period for all stakeholders. Health Canada legislates requirements for “toys, equipment, and other products for use by a child in learning or play,” and in order for those products to be legally advertised, sold, or imported in Canada, the products much meet all the restrictions defined in the legislation (the Hazardous Products Act and the Hazardous Products (Toys) Regulations).

The new proposal, entitled Proposal for the Modernization of Canada’s Safety Legislation for Children’s Toys: Mechanical and Electric Hazards, Part 1, will include the following subjects: toys with magnets or magnetic components, sound-emitting toys, the size and shape of certain toys, plastic film or plastic bags used in toys or toy packaging, and toy labeling for age use and for specific choking hazard warnings.

Comments on the proposal will be accepted until January 12th, by mail, e-mail, or fax. For more information, click here.