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Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act

Along with the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act are the Consumer Packaging and Labelling
Regulations. The following goods are exempted from the requirements of the CPLA or regulations:
drugs and medical devices;

  • products for commercial, industrial, or institutional use;
  • products for export only;
  • products sold only to a duty-free store;
  • prepackaged textile articles;
  • replacement parts for consumer durables (cars, appliances) if not displayed to the consumer; and
    certain artists’ supplies.

Bilingual Labelling Requirements

All information required by the Act and these regulations to be shown on the label of a prepackaged
product must be shown in both official languages, English and French.

However, there is an exception: the dealer’s name and address can appear in either language.

There are a few other exceptions to the bilingual labelling requirements; these can be seen in paragraph 6 of the regulations.

Dealers and/or persons who contravene this Act are subject to penalties and even imprisonment.

Textile Labelling Act

While textile articles are exempted in the CPLA and its regulations, it does not mean that textiles don’t
require labelling. It is the Textile Labelling Act (TLA) that regulates the labelling, sale, importation and
advertising of consumer textile articles.

A consumer textile article means:

  1. any textile fibre, yarn or fabric, or
  2. any product made in whole or in part from a textile fibre, yarn or fabric that is in the form in which it is or is to be sold to any person for consumption or use, other than consumption or use in the manufacturing, processing or finishing of any product for sale.

Dealers may not sell, import into Canada, or advertise:

  • a prescribed consumer textile article unless the article has applied to it a label containing a
    representation with respect to the textile fibre content of the article; or
  • any consumer textile article that has applied to it a label containing a representation with respect
    to the textile fibre content of the article unless the label is applied to it in accordance with and
    complies with all applicable provisions of this Act.

Not only must textile articles be labeled with the fibre content, they must be labelled in a particular
manner.

Dealers and/or persons who contravene this Act are subject to penalties and even imprisonment.

  • the CPLA regulates the packaging, labelling, sale, importation and advertising of prepackaged and certain other products;
  • the CPLA applies to domestic and imported goods;
  • for imported goods, the CPLA applies to goods that will be sold in prepackaged containers;
  • there are some exceptions to the bilingual labelling requirements;
  • the Textile Labelling Act regulates the labelling, sale, importation and advertising of consumer textile articles;
  • textile articles must be labeled with the fibre content and in a particular manner; and dealers and/or persons who contravene either of these Acts are subject to penalties and even imprisonment.

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