Health Canada is taking action to help protect the health and safety of its citizens from unsafe consumer products. The organization will publish proposed amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part I that set out mandatory new requirements and tests for magnetic toys. The amendments will be published for a 75-day consultation period. 

The proposed regulatory changes include restrictions on both the size and strength of magnetic toy components, as well as specific tests to identify dangerous magnetic parts that may separate from a toy during play. These changes will align Canadian safety requirements for magnetic toys with those in the U.S. and in Europe.

The proposed mandatory requirements for magnetic children’s toys do not affect the current prohibition on dangerous novelty magnet sets. These items will remain banned in Canada.

Canadians are encouraged to review the proposed amendments and to submit feedback to Health Canada by January 17, 2018.