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Ontario's Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulation Under Review
The 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:
- Repealing the regulation; or
- 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.
The 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
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.