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Canada Consults Over Proposed Carriages and Strollers Regulations

SafeGuardSToys and Juvenile ProductsJuly 01, 2022

SG 081.22

Canada has initiated a consultation period for its draft legislation on carriages and strollers. If approved, the new law will enter into force on the day of its publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

On June 11, 2022, Canada issued a proposal to replace and repeal the nation’s Carriages and Strollers Regulations (SOR/2016-167, ‘the Regulation’), a piece of legislation that has not changed substantively since it was introduced in 1985 under Part II of Schedule I to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and subsequently transferred under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) in 2016.

The Proposed Carriages and Strollers Regulations (‘the Proposed Regulation’) contain several important objectives. They:

  • Address hazards after the Regulation came into force in 1985 to improve health and safety
  • Align the mechanical property requirements with those in other jurisdictions through ambulatory incorporation by reference of international standards, including a period which stakeholders may meet the previous or new version of the international standard
  • Maintain alignment of the requirements for surface coating materials and toxicological properties with other Canadian regulations
  • Standardize phthalates requirements with Canada’s Phthalates Regulations (SOR/2016-188)

Highlights of ‘the Proposed Regulation’ are summarized in Table 1.

Canada Gazette, Part 1, Volume 156, Number 24, June 11, 2022
Proposed Carriages and Strollers Regulations
Entry
Type of Requirement
Highlight
1Mechanical
  • Requirements align with either of the following standards, incorporated by ambulatory reference:
    • ASTM F833 ‘Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Carriages and Strollers’, except sections 5.3, 5.12, 8 and 9
    • ISO 31110 ‘Wheeled child conveyances – Pushchairs and prams – Requirements and test methods, except sections 6, 7 and 10, and in addition, the entrapments from sections 6.8 and 6.10 to ASTM F8333
2Surface coating materials
  • Removes references to the Toys Regulations and includes requirements that are consistent with the Proposed Surface Coating Materials Regulations directly in the text (SafeGuardS 54/21)
3Toxicological
  • Incorporates toxicological requirements from sections 22 and 25 of the Toys Regulations directly
4Phthalates
  • Adds requirements consistent with the Phthalates Regulations directly
5Information and warning
  • Text in both French and English
  • Align formatting requirements with those in ASTM F833 and ISO 31110
  • Requirements include:
    • Information that must be printed on carriages or strollers
    • Information that may be printed on carriages or strollers or that may accompany them
    • Information that must be printed on packaging
    • Warnings that must be printed on carriages and strollers
    • Warnings that may be printed on carriages or strollers or that may accompany them
    • Warnings that must be printed on packaging

Table 1

The Proposed Regulation is proposed to enter into force on the day in which it is published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. Carriages and strollers that meet either of the mechanical requirements in entry 1 to Table 1 above may continue to meet those requirements under the following activities:

  • In the case of the manufacture or import of carriages or strollers, for 180 days that begins on the day in which the new version of the standard is published
  • In the case of the advertising or sale of carriages or strollers, for 365 days that begins on the day in which the new version of the standard is published

Comments for ‘the Proposed Regulation’ will be accepted until August 20, 2022 (within 70 days after its publication)

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