UPDATE: CHANGES TO ONTARIO UPHOLSTERED AND STUFFED ARTICLES LABELLING REGULATIONS INCLUDING PADDED ARTICLES

Recent changes to the Upholstered and Stuffed articles Regulations, which came into effect July 16, 2008 in Ontario, may require new labels to be affixed to garments containing shoulder pads. The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) are also trying to expand the product range to include padded undergarments. The new regulations came into effect without prior warning to the apparel industry.

The Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF) has contacted the Ontario minister seeking intervention claiming unwarranted cost to the industry without additional benefit for public health. They are seeking immediate assurance that the new regulation will not be enforced and that clarification and consultations be held with the trade. CAF is forming a coalition to oppose the changes for padded undergarments and garments with shoulder pads and is seeking revocation. For more information on joining this coalition.