As of May 1st, 2022 you can no longer sell, buy or install window coverings that have manually operated cords.
The entire regulation is below:
Corded Window Coverings RegulationsSOR/2019-97
CANADA CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY ACT
Corded Window Coverings Regulations
P.C. 2019-322 2019-04-12
Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Health, pursuant to section 37Footnotea of the Canada Consumer Product Safety ActFootnoteb, makes the annexed Corded Window Coverings Regulations.
- Return to footnoteaS.C. 2016, c. 9, s. 67
- Return to footnotebS.C. 2010, c. 21
1 The following definitions apply in these Regulations.
cord means any of the following:
- (a) a band, rope, strap, string, chain, wire or any other component that, when any tension is removed, is capable of folding in every direction; or
- (b) any combination of components that are connected end to end that, when any tension is removed, is capable of folding in every direction. (corde)
loop means a shape, the majority of which is formed by a reachable cord, that creates a completely bounded opening. (boucle)
reachable with respect to a cord, refers to the part of the cord that any person can touch when the corded window covering has been installed, whether the window covering is fully opened, fully closed or in any position in between. (atteignable)
SpecificationsMarginal note:Small parts
2 Every part of a corded window covering that is accessible to a child and is small enough to be totally enclosed in a small parts cylinder as illustrated in Schedule 1 must be affixed to the corded window covering so that the part does not become detached when it is subjected to a force of 90 N applied in any direction.
Marginal note:Lead content
3 Every external component of a corded window covering must not contain more than 90 mg/kg of lead when tested in accordance with the principles set out in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development document entitled OECD Principles of Good Laboratory Practice, Number 1 of the OECD Series on Principles of Good Laboratory Practice and Compliance Monitoring, ENV/MC/CHEM(98)17, the English version of which is dated January 21, 1998 and the French version of which is dated March 6, 1998.
Marginal note:Unreachable cords
4 A cord that is not reachable must remain so, whether the corded window covering is fully opened, fully closed or in any position in between, throughout the useful life of the corded window covering.
Marginal note:Reachable cord with one free end — length
5 A reachable cord with one free end must not exceed 22 cm in length when it is pulled in any direction by the gradual application of force attaining 35 N.
Marginal note:Reachable cord between two consecutive contact points — length
6 A reachable cord with no free end must not exceed 22 cm in length between two consecutive contact points when it is pulled in any direction by the gradual application of force attaining 35 N.
Marginal note:Loop created by a reachable cord — perimeter
7 If a reachable cord is pulled in any direction by the gradual application of force attaining 35 N, the perimeter of any loop, whether it is existing, created or enlarged, must not exceed 44 cm.
Marginal note:Two reachable cords
8 If two reachable cords with one free end each can be connected to one another, end to end, after each has been pulled in any direction by the gradual application of force attaining 35 N, the following criteria must be met:
- (a) the length of the resulting cord must not exceed 22 cm; and
- (b) the perimeter of the loop that is created must not exceed 44 cm.
Information and AdvertisingMarginal note:Reference to Canada Consumer Product Safety Act or Regulations
9 Information that appears on a corded window covering, that accompanies one or that is in any advertisement for one must not make any direct or indirect reference to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act or these Regulations.
Marginal note:Presentation — general
10 The information required by these Regulations must
- (a) appear in both English and French;
- (b) be legible and prominently and clearly displayed and, in particular, the characters must be in a colour that contrasts sharply with the background;
- (c) remain legible and visible throughout the useful life of the corded window covering under normal conditions of transportation, storage, sale and use; and
- (d) in the case of information that is required on the corded window covering, be indelibly printed on the corded window covering itself or on a label that is permanently affixed to it.
- 11 (1) The required information must be printed in a standard sans-serif type that
- (a) is not compressed, expanded or decorative; and
- (b) has a large x-height relative to the ascender or descender of the type, as illustrated in Schedule 2.
- Marginal note:Height of type
(2) The height of the type is determined by measuring an upper case letter or a lower case letter that has an ascender or descender, such as “b” or “p”.
- 12 (1) The signal words “Warning” and “Mise en garde” must be in boldfaced, upper case type not less than 5 mm in height.
- Marginal note:Other information — height of type
(2) All other required information must be in type not less than 2.5 mm in height.
13 The following information must appear on every corded window covering, as well as on any packaging in which the corded window covering is displayed to the consumer:
- (a) its model name or model number;
- (b) its date of manufacture, consisting of the year and either the month or week, listed in that order;
- (c) in the case of a corded window covering that is manufactured in Canada, the name and principal place of business of the manufacturer or the person for whom the corded window covering was manufactured; and
- (d) in the case of a corded window covering that is imported for commercial purposes, the name and principal place of business of the manufacturer and the importer.
14 The following instructions must accompany every corded window covering in text, drawings or photographs, or in any combination of them:
- (a) how to assemble the corded window covering and a quantitative list of its parts, if it is sold not fully assembled;
- (b) how to install it; and
- (c) how to operate it.
15 The following warning or its equivalent must appear on every corded window covering, the packaging of the corded window covering, any accompanying instructions and all of the advertisements for the corded window covering:
- • STRANGULATION HAZARD — Young children can be strangled by cords. Immediately remove this product if a cord longer than 22 cm or a loop exceeding 44 cm around becomes accessible.
- • RISQUE D’ÉTRANGLEMENT — Les enfants en bas âge peuvent s’étrangler avec des cordes. Enlevez immédiatement ce produit si une corde mesurant plus de 22 cm devient accessible ou si le contour d’une boucle de plus de 44 cm devient accessible.
Repeal16 The Corded Window Covering Products RegulationsFootnote1 are repealed.
- Return to footnote1SOR/2016-172
Coming into ForceFootnote*17 These Regulations come into force on the second anniversary of the day on which they are published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.
- Return to footnote*[Note: Regulations in force May 1, 2021.]