Notice to interested parties – Proposal to amend the Tents Regulations, including consequential amendments to the Toys Regulations: Summary

From Health Canada

Current status: OPEN

You are invited to provide feedback on a proposal to amend the Tents Regulations, which also includes consequential amendments to the Toys Regulations.

We will be engaging with Canadians and key stakeholders on the proposal to amend the Tents Regulations and the Toys Regulations between January 22, 2019 and March 23, 2019.

Why

The Tents Regulations issued under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) were originally put in place in 1988 to help protect Canadians from injuries and deaths caused by tent fires. At that time, tents were typically made of paraffin-coated cotton canvas, and some could burn to the ground in less than one minute. However, most tents available today are made of synthetic lighter-weight materials with different burning properties compared to traditional cotton canvas.

Health Canada is therefore proposing to update the flammability and labelling requirements set out in the Tents Regulations to address the flammability risks of tents available to Canadian consumers today. The proposal also seeks to move requirements for certain play tents to the Toys Regulations.

Who

Health Canada is seeking comments from all affected and interested parties, including:

  • industry and industry associations (tents, tent trailers, toys, play tents, dining shelters, gazebos, camping, backyard living, outdoor living, outdoor recreation and sporting goods)
  • consumer advocacy groups
  • fire safety professionals
  • testing laboratories
  • general public

What

Health Canada is considering replacing the existing flammability and labelling requirements set out in the Tents Regulations with requirements set out in a new National Standard of Canada entitled CAN/CGSB-182.1, Flammability and Labelling Requirements for Tents.

CAN/CGSB-182.1 does not apply to certain play tents, therefore new requirements for these products are being proposed to be set out in the Toys Regulations.

The first edition of CAN/CGSB-182.1 is in development, and a draft is currently available for public review. By putting forward this notice of the proposal to make regulatory amendments, Health Canada is bringing awareness to the public review of the draft standard, and allowing affected and interested parties an opportunity to review both proposals at the same time.

When and where

The Health Canada notice to interested parties on a proposal to amend the Tents Regulations and Toys Regulations is available online for 60 days, from January 22, 2019, to March 23, 2019.

The Canadian General Standards Board consultation on CAN/CGSB-182.1, Flammability and Labelling Requirements for Tents, is available for 60 days, from November 30, 2018, to January 29, 2019.

How to participate

To provide feedback on the proposal to amend the Tents Regulations and Toys Regulations, please submit your comments in writing to Health Canada:

Mary Korpan
Consumer Product Safety Directorate
Health Canada
269 Laurier Avenue West, AL: 4908B
8th Floor, Room 8-030
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
Email: mary.korpan@canada.ca

For the consultation on CAN/CGSB-182.1, Flammability and Labelling Requirements for Tents, please contact the Canadian General Standards Board.

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Consumer Product Safety Directorate
Health Canada
269 Laurier Avenue West, AL: 4908B
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
Email: hc.ccpsa-lcspc.sc@canada.ca

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