Your opinion please…Ontario’s Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulation

Your opinion please…Ontario’s Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulation

Teddybear iconThe Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) is reviewing Ontario’s Upholstered and Stuffed Articles regulation (O. Reg. 218/01) under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000, to determine whether the Ontario government should continue to regulate the manufacture, renovation, and sale of upholstered and stuffed articles.

The regulation is intended to protect the public from potential hazards (e.g., infestation, mould, transmission of communicable diseases, etc.) associated with manufacturers using unclean or unsafe filling material in upholstered and stuffed articles.

There are several factors leading the government to question the need to maintain the regulation. However, requirements governing the manufacture, renovation and sale of these articles have been in place for many years and the consequences of removing them are not known. As a result, the government is considering two options:

  1. Repealing the regulation; or
  2. Modernizing the regulation by making it more effective and relevant to the current marketplace, and less onerous for businesses to comply.

To support the consultation, the ministry developed a policy paper which details the ministry’s review of the regulation and the options. The policy paper and information on how to provide feedback can be found on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry. Questions are provided at the end of the paper, to which the ministry urges all interested stakeholders to respond.

New material labelThe ministry would like to hear from all stakeholders, including:

  • Businesses that manufacture upholstered and stuffed articles
  • Retailers that sell upholstered and stuffed articles
  • Importers of upholstered and stuffed articles
  • Home hobby and craft operators that make these articles
  • Experts in the safety of these articles
  • Consumers and the general public
  • Any other interested parties

Your input is important.

Please send MGCS your feedback and responses to the questions in the paper. You can provide your input in various ways:

You can submit your comments directly via the registry feedback form.

Submissions may also be sent by email with “Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Consultation” in the subject line, to PublicSafetyBranch@ontario.ca.

And of course, by regular mail to:

Public Safety Branch
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
777 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
Attention: Shranna Jaggernath, Senior Policy Advisor

Comments are due by September 13, 2016. After the consultation is complete, all comments will be reviewed to inform advice to the government.

8 Comments

    • tssablog
      March 17, 11:56 Reply
      Hi Jennifer, The regulation is currently being reviewed and no decision has been made as yet. Until a decision is made, there is no change to the regulation and the registration and labelling requirements are still in place. Please stay tuned to <a href="http://www.tssablog.org/" rel="nofollow">www.tssablog.org</a> for future updates!
  1. Paul Webb
    January 26, 16:13 Reply
    Hello, Is there any progress on modernizing / repealing this law yet? I provided feedback about a year ago, please let me know if there's any updates. regards, Paul
    • tssablog
      March 17, 11:57 Reply
      Hi Paul, Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your participation. The regulation is currently being reviewed and no decision has been made as yet. Until a decision is made, there is no change to the regulation and the registration and labelling requirements are still in place. Please stay tuned to <a href="http://www.tssablog.org/" rel="nofollow">www.tssablog.org</a> for future updates!
    • tssablog
      June 05, 09:36 Reply
      A final decision has not been reached at this time. Once a decision has been made, we will post an update on our website and The Safety Exchange.
  2. G.L.
    June 08, 18:25 Reply
    well it's been long enough to make a decision, as Upholsterers have no trade certificates, and the government doesn't offer classes let alone apprenticeships. you need to know!There are few of us left and we should NOT have to pay like the big companies. We barely eat anyway but thanx for adding another erroneous fee for something stupid:( I would support this if we were.
    • tssablog
      October 13, 11:48 Reply
      We strongly encourage all trades persons to provide their feedback directly to the Ministry as they are currently asking for feedback on the USA regulation proposed amendments. Please visit our website at www.tssa.org for information on how to provide feedback.

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