Proposed Amendments to Ontario's Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulation
O. Reg. 218/01
Bill or Act:
Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000
Summary of Proposal:
The Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulation (O. Reg. 218/01) sets out the requirements for the manufacture, renovation and sale of upholstered and stuffed articles in Ontario, including requirements for licensing, labelling, and cleanliness.
In 2015, the government initiated a review of the regulation as part of its ongoing review of Ontario's public safety laws. The primary goal of the review was to maintain public safety while seeking to minimize unnecessary burden on business and trade.
After careful consideration, the government has decided to modernize the regulation.
A key proposed change to the regulation is that its requirements would only apply to manufacturers, renovators and retailers of bedding, which includes mattresses, and upholstered furniture. Other changes being proposed include:
• The annual licensing requirement would no longer apply to home hobbyists and craft operators who produce less than 1,000 beddings or pieces of upholstered furniture per year at home.
• Second-hand material would be permitted as stuffing if the stuffing material complies with the sterilization standards in the regulation.
• The labelling requirements would be simplified to give businesses greater flexibility to comply.
• Mandatory incident reporting would be introduced.
A more detailed description of the proposals is included in the link titled "Description of Proposed Amendments to Ontario's Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulation" under "Further Information".
The government welcomes feedback and encourages anyone interested to provide comments on the proposal.
Please also provide feedback on the quality of the regulatory registry posting by completing our survey in the link below titled "Survey about Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulatory Registry Consultation".
October 4, 2017
Comments Due Date:
November 2, 2017
56 Wellesley Street West, 6th Floor Toronto, ON M7A 1C1