On 17 June 2017, Canada’s Department of Health announced its proposed revision of the Corded Window Covering Products Regulations (CWCPR) in Canada Gazette, Part I (Volume 151, No. 241). In 2014, Health Canada has conducted a risk assessment on corded window covering products (CWCs) to evaluate the strangulation hazard and the effectiveness of the current CWCPR to address this hazard. As this assessment reveals the effectiveness of the current CWCPR is limited, the proposed CWCPR was introduced to reduce fatality or serious injury caused by corded window covering products to provide better protection for children. Feedbacks to the proposed regulations will be collected until 31 August 2017.
The proposed CWCPR will take effect 6 months after they are published as official Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II. During the six-month period, the current CWCPR would continue to apply to all CWCs sold, advertised, imported or manufactured in Canada.
The revisions are summarised as follows:
1. Any cord that can be reached must be not more than 22 cm in length
2. Any loop formed by accessible cords must be not more than 44 cm in perimeter.
3. Cords that cannot be reached would have to remain unreachable throughout the useful life of the product.
4. A warning will be required on the product, packaging, instructions, and on associated advertisements that speak to the strangulation hazards and specifications listed above, with instructions to immediately remove the product if those hazards become present.