Regulation - LGIC

Ontario's Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulation

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 218/01
Bill or Act:
Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services 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:

1. Repealing the regulation; or

2. Modernizing the regulation by making it more effective and relevant to the current marketplace, and less onerous for businesses to comply.

The ministry is seeking feedback on these two options. Specifically, the ministry is interested in learning how businesses and consumers view each option and the likely impact of these options.

The full details of the options are provided in the policy paper titled "Ontario's Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulation". 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, such as:

• 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; and
• Any other interested parties.

Your input is important to us. You can provide your feedback in various ways:

1) Using the "Comment on this proposal via email" option below.

2) By email to PublicSafetyBranch@ontario.ca with "Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Consultation" in the subject line.

3) By regular mail:

Public Safety Branch
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
6th Floor, 56 Wellesley Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2S3
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
16-MGCS007
Posting Date:
June 22, 2016
Comments Due Date:
September 13, 2016
Contact Address:
Public Safety Branch
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
56 Wellesley Street, 6th Floor,
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2S3