Industry guide to mattress flammability requirements in Canada - Summary

From Health Canada


This guide provides information about the safety requirements that apply under the Mattresses Regulations to mattresses that are manufactured, imported, advertised or sold in Canada, in particular information regarding:

  • Flammability requirements for mattresses
  • Summary of the test method
  • How flame retardant chemicals, materials and construction methods influence the flammability characteristics of mattresses
  • Informing consumers on fire safety

In addition to the product-specific requirements noted in this guide, it is prohibited to manufacture, import, advertise or sell any consumer product that is a "danger to human health or safety" as defined in the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) (see paragraphs 7(a) and 8(a) of the Act).

Who this guide is for

  • Manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers of mattresses, including futons
  • Other interested parties who are affected by the regulations

In this guide

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Details and history

Published: December 29, 2016
Updated: November 2023

For assistance

For further information visit the resources in Appendix A of this guide or contact a Health Canada Consumer Product Safety Office via email ( or telephone at 1-866-662-0666 (toll-free within Canada and the United States).

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