Stuffed Toys to be Exempt from Ontario Regulation

August 23, 2017 | The Toy Association has learned that stuffed toys sold in Ontario, Canada will likely be exempt from the province’s Upholstered and Stuffed Articles regulation under the Technical Standards and Safety Act. The proposed standard has been updated to apply only to bedding, mattresses, and upholstered furniture.

The proposed regulation is currently under review and will be finalized in the coming months, going into effect on either January 1, 2018 or July 1, 2018, depending on further consultations with stakeholders and final government approval. All manufacturers and retailers must continue to comply with the existing regulation for registration and labeling until further notice.

During the consultation period, now underway, the government is considering data and evidence that might suggest public safety risks associated with the articles that would fall out of the scope of the proposed regulation, such as toys. The government will consider adjusting the regulation based on evidence received, if necessary. 

Stakeholders will be kept informed about any government decision on the regulation, including if and when the changes will come into force. Questions from members of The Toy Association may be directed to Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs.