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Packaging and Labelling Checklist

Products listed in stores must comply with all applicable Canadian federal and provincial packaging and labelling requirements. If you list a non-compliant product for sale, the product may be de-listed and/or your selling account may be deactivated.

The Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and its Regulations identify basic requirements for the packaging and labelling of most non-food products that are sold to, used by or purchased by a customer without being re-packaged. Other laws impose additional or different requirements on certain product types, including but not limited to food, medical devices, and pesticides. Many laws require specific information to be shown in both English and French on a product’s packaging and labelling

You may use the checklist below to assist you in following the labelling requirements for certain products. This is a guide only. Please review the resources provided on this help page for further information.

Canadian Law Applies to Requirements
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Regulations Prepackaged products: products packaged in a container that is ordinarily sold to, used by, or purchased by a consumer without being repackaged.
Note: There are exemptions for "specialty products" that are imported, not readily available in Canada, and have no substitute that is made or packaged in Canada, as well as books, talking toys, and games where knowledge of English is essential and greeting cards, etc.
The Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act prohibits false or misleading labelling and requires packages to:
  1. identify the product by its common or generic name,
  2. provide the net quantity, and
  3. identity and principal place of business of the person by or for whom the prepacked product was manufactured or made.

Product identity and quantity information must be displayed in both English and French. However, the manufacturer or importer’s principle place of business can be in either English or French.

Textile Labelling Act and Regulations Textile fiber products: any consumer textile article or any textile fiber, yarn, or fabric used or intended to be used in a consumer textile article.
Note: There are exemptions for the following products:
  1. overshoes, boots, shoes, indoor slippers, footwear liners, and insoles;
  2. handbags, luggage, carrying cases and brushes;
  3. toys, ornaments, pictures, lamp shades, tapestries, wall hangings, wall coverings, room dividers, screens, book covers, book marks, gift wrap, flags, and pennants;
  4. sports and games equipment other than sport garments;
  5. lawn and beach furniture, including lawn and beach umbrellas, parasols, and hammocks;
  6. playpens, crib-pens, strollers, jumpers, walkers, and car seats for infants or children;
  7. labels, adhesive tapes and sheets, cleaning cloths and wipers, therapeutic devices, and heating pads;
  8. pet accessories; and
  9. musical instruments and accessories
The Textile Labelling Act prohibits false or misleading labelling and requires the following information displayed on a label in both English and French:
  1. the generic name of each textile fiber that comprises 5% or more, by mass, of the total fiber mass of the article,
  2. the percentage that each textile fiber comprises in the total fiber mass, in order of predominance, and
  3. the identity and address of the person by or for whom the consumer textile article was manufactured or made.
Precious Metals Marking Act and Regulations Precious metals meaning gold, palladium, platinum, and silver, and any alloy of any of those metals The Precious Metals Marking Act requires sellers to ensure that:
  1. any representation as to the quality of the article is factual,
  2. when an article is quality marked, a registered Canadian trademark must also be applied.
  3. any quality mark applied to an article is as prescribed by the Regulations, and
  4. where applicable, all mandatory marks are applied.

The Competition Bureau of Canada enforces the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act, the Textile Labelling Act and Precious Metals Marking Act (see links for potential consequences of non-compliance).

Further Labelling Assessment Tools from the Competition Bureau of Canada, including on potential consequences of non-compliance, are available here:

To learn more about labelling and packaging requirements in Canada, please explore the resources listed below by product type. The list of product types subject to labelling and packaging requirements and the associated resources is not exhaustive.

Product Type Resources
Car Seats and Booster Seats
Children's Jewellery
Children’s Sleepwear
Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets
Drugs and Natural Health Products
Medical Devices
Precious metals
Pre-packaged products that are ordinarily sold to, used by, or purchased by a consumer without being re-packaged.
Products sold to customers in Quebec

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