Health Canada’s ‘confusing and unworkable’ regulations spur fight with window blind industry

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An industry group estimates a total of 4,900 jobs will be lost as Canadian manufacturers are forced to halt major portions of their product lines

Canadian manufacturers of window blinds are locked in a heated regulatory battle with the federal government, pushing back against new rules that they warn could unnecessarily wipe out massive swathes of their industry and cost thousands of jobs.
In a letter to Health Minister Patty Hajdu on Wednesday, the Window Covering Manufacturing Association warned that “flawed” regulations introduced by her department will force retailers to discontinue 88 per cent of the window blind products currently sold on Canadian shelves.
 

The group estimates a total of 4,900 jobs will be lost as Canadian manufacturers are forced to halt major portions of their product lines.

The complaints come after Health Canada on May 1 imposed a new testing regime for window blinds to determine whether the products might be harmful to young children.

Regulators in recent years have clamped down on cord-operated window coverings following numerous incidents in which toddlers or young children have strangled themselves in the braided nylon loops, sometimes causing death.

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Jesse Snyder – National Post – 2021-07-16.

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