Health Canada Clarifies Enforcement Approach to New Corded Window Coverings Regulations

Health Canada has issued guidance to help operators understand how
it introduce enforcement of SOR 2019-97, the new Corded Window Coverings
Regulations (CWCR).

Published on October 16, 2020, the guidance applies to operators
in the corded window covering product industry, who will need to comply with
the new regulation when it comes into effect on May 1, 2021. Health Canada is
aware the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the ability of operators to work
towards compliance and has therefore decided to adopt the following approach:

  • May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022 – prioritize promoting awareness of
    and compliance with CWCR (including monitoring of progress)
  • May 1, 2022 – increase compliance monitoring activities and, when
    necessary, take appropriate enforcement actions to address identified instances
    of non-compliance

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Health Canada has retained the right to enforce CWCR at anytime on
or after May 1, 2021, if it is found to be necessary following an incident or
complaint. It also expects operators to make their best efforts to comply with
the regulation as soon as possible.

CWCR aims to eliminate strangulation hazards associated with
corded window coverings, which is defines as, “an indoor window covering that
is equipped with at least one cord.” The new regulations go above and beyond
those of any other country in addressing this hazard to protect children.

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