As we advised August 8, 2008, the Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) was including garments with padding in its labelling and licensing requirements beginning July 1, 2009. This change would have affected a wide range of intimate and fashion apparel including padded undergarments and garments with shoulder pads. By July 1, 2009, manufacturers of shoulder pads and trim would have to be licensed under the Upholstered and Stuffed Articles Regulations, and garments with pads and/or stuffed trims would require a stuffed articles label. The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) has now reinstated the exemption applicable to articles of clothing containing shoulder pads or trimmings. Effective immediately, garments with shoulder pads and padded garments, including undergarments will NOT require upholstered and stuffed articles labels. The reinstated exemption is as follows:

  • Padded undergarments or shoulder pads and trimmings in articles of clothing, and articles of clothing containing shoulder pads or trimmings, or both, but only with respect to the shoulder pads or trimmings, or both

The revised regulations are available on the TSSA web site at:

It should be noted that in the province of Quebec, garments with shoulder pads always were included in and still need to comply with the Quebec stuffed and upholstered articles.

The Quebec statute on stuffing and upholstered articles can be found at:

Questions related to this announcement can be directed to our technical consulting group.