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Legal Guide

Prepackaged goods sold in Canada are subject to federal and provincial packaging and labelling requirements. The Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act sets out general obligations with respect to the type of product company information that must be displayed, as well as bilingual labelling requirements. Additional requirements for goods, such as drugs, foods and textiles, are imposed under the Food and Drug Act and the Textile Labelling Act. Issues relating to misleading consumer information are dealt with under the federal Competition Act and various provincial consumer protection statutes. Finally, additional labelling and packaging obligations are imposed under the Canadian Consumer Protection Act, Hazardous Products Act, the Quebec Charter of the French Language and under regulations passed pursuant to trade agreements, such as the NAFTA. (For more information, see the discussion under the heading “Federal Consumer Product and Labelling Standards”.)

In addition, there may be other product specific requirements that attach to specific imports. These requirements are administered by a variety of government departments pursuant to related statutes and are enforced at the border by the CBSA.

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