Manitoba’s Stuffed Articles Regulation to Be Repealed on January 1, 2020

February 11, 2019 | The Toy Association has learned that the government of Manitoba, Canada plans to repeal the Bedding and Other Upholstered or Stuffed Articles Regulation, two months after the government of Ontario elected to remove the burdens that province’s regulation placed on the toy industry.

As of January 1, 2020, manufacturers, renovators, and home hobby/craft operators of bedding and other upholstered or stuffed articles (including stuffed toys) will no longer be required to register in Manitoba and/or meet Manitoba’s labeling requirements. Manitoba’s Consumer Protection Office will continue to administer the labeling rules related to bedding and other upholstered or stuffed articles until the repeal takes effect.

In December, Ontario government officials announced that it was revoking the Upholstered and Stuffed Articles regulation (Ontario Regulation 218/01) in its entirety as of July 1, 2019.

Labeling requirements in Quebec still remain in force, as do the stuffing material cleanliness requirements of the Toys Regulations under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act. The Toy Association is advocating for Quebec to consider repeal also, and will advise if and when there is progress on this front.  

Questions may be directed to Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs at The Toy Association.