Forward Regulatory Plan 2021-2023: Regulations Amending the Tents Regulations, the Toys Regulations and the Textile Flammability Regulations

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Regulations Amending the Tents Regulations, the Toys Regulations and the Textile Flammability Regulations

Enabling Act

Canada Consumer Product Safety Act

Description

Health Canada is proposing to replace the flammability and labelling requirements under the Tents Regulations through ambulatory incorporation by reference of a new National Standard of Canada developed by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) entitled CAN/CGSB-182.1-2020, Flammability and Labelling Requirements for Tents.

Health Canada is proposing to add these flammability and labelling requirements under the Toys Regulations to ensure safety standards also apply to play tents that cannot also function as outdoor shelters.

Amendments to the Textile Flammability Regulations are also being proposed to continue to exclude flammability requirements for tents and play tents as they are covered by Tents and Toys Regulations respectively.

This regulatory initiative is part of Health Canada’s Regulatory Stock Review Plan.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This proposal is not part of a formal regulatory cooperation work plan.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Although modern tents made of synthetic materials are less flammable than traditional cotton canvas tents, they are not fireproof. Proposed amendments to the Tents Regulations would continue to help protect Canadians from injuries and death caused by tent fires. The amendments would also introduce flammability requirements for tent trailers.

Industry members have signalled their desire to start using CAN/CGSB-182.1-2020 as soon as possible. Impacts on the Canadian industry are expected to be low since CAN/CGSB-182.1-2020 uses existing test equipment and procedures required under the current Tents Regulations. There may be potential impacts to suppliers of tent trailers.

Consultations

A notice to interested parties was published on the Government of Canada website on January 22, 2019, with a 60-day public comment period. At that time, Canadians were also invited to provide technical comments on the draft of CAN/CGSB-182.1 to the CGSB.

Canadians will have the opportunity to provide comments on the regulatory proposal during the Canada Gazette, Part I, public comment period, which is expected to take place in spring 2022 and last 30 days.

Further information

Related information can be found on the Canada.ca website.

Additional information on this proposal may be requested from the departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

Nicholas Shipley
Director
Risk Management Bureau
Consumer and Hazardous Products Safety Directorate
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Health Canada

Telephone: 613-960-1351
Email: hc.ccpsa-lcspc.sc@canada.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory

February 2021

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