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Toys Regulations (SOR/2011-17)

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Regulations are current to 2021-09-11 and last amended on 2019-01-11. Previous Versions

Specific Products (continued)

Plant Seeds

Marginal note:Plant seeds — noise

 A toy that is intended for use by a child of less than three years of age must not contain plant seeds as pellets for making noise.

Marginal note:Plant seeds — stuffing material

 A toy must not contain plant seeds as stuffing material.

  • SOR/2016-302, s. 5(F)

Pull and Push Toys

Marginal note:Shaft-like handle

 A pull or push toy that has a shaft-like handle that measures 10 mm or less in diameter must have a protective tip that is placed on the end of the handle to prevent puncture wounds and that is able to withstand a pulling force of 44.5 N.

Toy Steam Engines

Marginal note:Boilers — safety valves

  •  (1) A toy steam engine boiler must meet all of the following requirements:

    • (a) it must be fitted with a firmly installed spring valve or any safety valve other than a weight valve;

    • (b) the operating pressure of the safety valve must not be more than one and one-half times the operating pressure of the steam boiler to which it is fitted; and

    • (c) the boiler must be constructed to withstand, without rupture, at least three times its operating pressure.

  • Marginal note:Meaning of operating pressure

    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the operating pressure of a boiler is the steam pressure in the boiler that adjusts itself after the steam engine has been running without a load.

  • (3) [Repealed, SOR/2018-138, s. 3]

Finger Paints

Marginal note:Water-based paints

 Finger paints must be water based.


Marginal note:Construction

 A rattle must meet all of the following requirements:

  • (a) a sharp wire must not become exposed with the reasonably foreseeable use of the rattle;

  • (b) a part of the rattle must not impinge on the base of the template illustrated in Schedule 8, when tested in accordance with that Schedule; and

  • (c) a component of the rattle that can be removed by the application of a force of 50 N (11.23 pounds) or less or a torque of less than one N-m (8.85 inch-pounds) must not impinge on the base of the template illustrated in Schedule 8, when tested in accordance with that Schedule.


Marginal note:Length or extensibility

 An elastic that is used to attach a toy across a baby carriage, crib or playpen must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • (a) its extensibility must not be more than 75% of its unstretched length; or

  • (b) its fully-stretched length must not be more than 750 mm (30 inches).

  • SOR/2012-71, s. 13(E)

Yo-yo Type Balls

Marginal note:Stretchable cords

  •  (1) The stretchable cord of a yo-yo type ball must not be capable of extending to 500 mm (20 inches) or greater in length.

  • Marginal note:Similar product

    (2) A stretchable cord that is made of a soft pliable material and that is attached to a ball, or to an object of any other shape — whether or not the ball or object is made of the same material — must not be capable of extending to 500 mm (20 inches) or greater in length.

Magnetic Toys

Marginal note:Magnetic force

 Every magnetic toy and any of its magnetic components, including those magnetic components that become separated from the magnetic toy or magnetic component when tested in accordance with Schedule 9, that can be totally enclosed in the small parts cylinder, as illustrated in Schedule 1, using a force of not more than 4.45 N, must have a magnetic flux index of less than 0.5 T2mm2, when tested in accordance with Schedule 10.

Marginal note:Exceptions

  •  (1) Section 43 does not apply to the following magnetic components:

    • (a) those that are necessary for the operation of motors, relays, speakers and other electrical or electronic components in a magnetic toy, provided that the magnetic properties are not part of the play or learning pattern of the toy; and

    • (b) subject to subsection (2), those that are part of a kit intended for carrying out educational experiments involving both magnetism and electricity and intended for a child of at least 8 years of age.

  • Marginal note:Warning — container and instructions for use

    (2) The following warning or its equivalent must be displayed prominently and legibly in English and French on the kit’s container and instructions:


    Not suitable for children under 8 years of age. This kit contains small magnets. Swallowed magnets can stick together across intestines causing serious injuries. Seek immediate medical attention if a magnet may have been swallowed.


    Cette trousse ne convient pas à un enfant de moins de 8 ans. Elle contient de petits aimants. Les aimants qui sont avalés peuvent s’attirer mutuellement à travers l’intestin et engendrer ainsi de graves blessures. Consultez immédiatement un médecin si un enfant semble avoir avalé un aimant.

Consequential Amendments

Carriages and Strollers Regulations


Hazardous Products (Pacifiers) Regulations


Playpens Regulations


Coming into Force

Marginal note:S.C. 2010, c. 21

Footnote * These Regulations come into force on the day on which section 37 of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act comes into force.

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