Forward Regulatory Plan 2019-2021: Regulations Amending the Surface Coating Materials Regulations

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Regulations Amending the Surface Coating Materials Regulations

Enabling Act

Canada Consumer Product Safety Act


Health Canada is proposing to amend the Surface Coating Materials Regulations to further increase the protection to infants and children from exposure to lead, improve alignment with major trading partners and reduce regulatory burden on industry.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This proposal is not part of a formal Regulatory Cooperation agreement. This regulatory proposal aligns with the United States requirements for lead in surface coating materials and applied surface coating materials.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The proposed regulations would increase the protection to infants and children from exposure to lead.

There are expected impacts on industry, however, these are anticipated to be minimal due to efforts to align internationally and reduce regulatory burden.


Canadians will have the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed regulatory amendment during the Canada Gazette, Part I public comment period, which is expected to take place in spring 2020 and last 75 days.

Information on other previous consultations and details on upcoming opportunities for consultation in the area of consumer products can be found on the website.

Further information

Related information can be found on the Government of Canada's webpage.

Additional information can be requested from the Departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

Geoff Barrett
Risk Management Bureau
Consumer Product Safety Directorate
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Health Canada
Telephone number: 613-960-1351
Email address:

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 1, 2018

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