Corded Window Coverings Regulations
Under the authority of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, on 1 May, 2019, Health Canada published the new Corded Window Coverings Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II. The Proposed Regulations were notified in G/TBT/N/CAN/531 (dated 25 August, 2017).
The Corded Window Coverings Regulations (SOR/2019-97) repeal and replace the Corded Window Covering Products Regulations - SOR/2016-172 (http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2016/2016-07-13/html/sor-dors172-eng.html).
The Corded Window Coverings Regulations restrict the length of reachable cords and the size of loops that can be created to help eliminate the risk of strangulation. The Regulations require that any cord that can be reached must be too short to wrap around a one-year-old child’s neck (i.e. not more than 22 cm in length) or form a loop that can be pulled over a one-year-old child’s head (i.e. not more than 44 cm in perimeter) when subjected to the gradual application of force attaining 35 N. There is also a requirement for a warning on the product, packaging, instructions, and associated advertisements that speak to the hazards and specifications outlined above, with instructions to immediately remove the product should those hazards become present.
The Corded Window Coverings Regulations are intended to help eliminate the strangulation hazard and to help reduce the rate of fatal strangulations associated with all corded window coverings, by specifying requirements for construction, performance, labelling, and required product information across all market segments.
The Corded Window Coverings Regulations will come into force on 1 May 2021.
The full text of the adopted measure can be downloaded from the following Internet addresses:
or requested from:
Canada’s Notification Authority and Enquiry Point
Global Affairs Canada
Technical Barriers and Regulations Division
111 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
Telephone: (343) 203-4273
Fax: (613) 943-0346