The federal government has enacted a number of laws directed at preventing deceptive marketing practices, preventing health and safety problems, and generally improving fairness towards consumers in the marketplace. The Federal Competition Act, which governs a wide variety of activities, from misleading advertising to mergers, is discussed separately in a previous section. This section reviews some of the more important federal product standard laws. Note that this review concentrates on consumer products. Producers of industrial products, particularly products used in agriculture, and those involved in the transportation of toxic or environmentally harmful chemicals and other substances, will generally have to review other federal (and provincial) regulatory laws affecting the importation and sale of their specific products.
More in this section:
- Product-specific legislation
- NAFTA and harmonization of product standards