A release from Health Canada that we have been eagerly awaiting:

The Government of Canada today introduced proposed legislation that will modernize and strengthen product safety laws by overhauling existing rules to further protect the health and safety of Canadians.

The proposed Canada Consumer Product Safety Act will provide better oversight of consumer products in Canada by improving the government’s ability to take timely compliance and enforcement actions when unsafe products are identified. It will also encourage compliance through higher fines and increased penalties for violators…

The proposed Canada Consumer Product Safety Act will work to prevent problems from occurring, target the highest risk products, and respond to problems more rapidly and effectively. It will prohibit the manufacture, importation, advertisement or sale of consumer products that pose an unreasonable danger to human health or safety. It will also require mandatory reporting by suppliers of serious product-related incidents, including those where injury may have been averted, or defects that could cause serious injury or illness…

The Government of Canada will continue with product safety initiatives by introducing proposed new regulations, including those on lead and phthalates in consumer products, together with industry and other stakeholders.

Click on the above link for more information.  We will be watching this one closely.

Relevant Nexreg Compliance Links: NexregCCCR Consumer Label Reviews, WHMIS MSDS Authoring.