Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

August 25, 2009 11:00 ET

CAA and Health Canada Team Up to Raise Traveller Awareness About Importing Consumer Products Into Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2009) - The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) and Health Canada have teamed up to raise awareness about prohibited and regulated consumer products that could be detained at the Canadian border.

"Not all goods purchased in the United States and abroad can be brought back into Canada," says Tim Shearman, president of CAA. "Given the large number of our 5.3 million members who are travellers, CAA feels it has an important role to play in educating our members and Canadians about what these goods are."

Products that are prohibited in Canada include baby walkers, re-light candles, balloon blowing kits, jequirity beans, yoyo balls, lawn darts with elongated tips, and infant self-feeding devices.

Products regulated under the Hazardous Products Act that must meet Canadian safety requirements include, but are not limited to: children's sleepwear; cribs, cradles and playpens; toys; baby gates; strollers; car seats; and hockey helmets and face protectors.

"Prepare yourself before you travel by becoming aware of consumer products that have safety requirements," says the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. "To protect the health and safety of Canadians, many of these product safety requirements are different in Canada than in other countries."

To help Canadians stay safe, CAA has created a page on its website (www.caa.ca/consumerproducts) that lists several banned and regulated products that could be held at the border.

As part of this website, CAA has also posted a printable, electronic copy of Health Canada's Bringing Consumer Products into Canada brochure. The brochure is a handy reference piece that lists the products that may be detained at the border. Printed copies of this brochure will also be made available at CAA retail stores in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and the Atlantic Provinces in September 2009.

"You can save yourself time, money, and frustration if you know which products are banned," says Shearman. "Before you leave on your trip, make sure you have a list of these products handy, or print off a copy of the Bringing Consumers Products into Canada brochure from CAA's website."

For additional details on the consumer products that are prohibited in Canada or regulated under the Hazardous Product Act. Please visit Health Canada's Travelling Canadians website at: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/travellingcanadians.

About the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

CAA is a federation of 9 automobile clubs serving 5.3 million members through 139 offices across Canada. CAA provides a wide range of member services and works to improve travelling and motoring conditions at home and around the world, including national advocacy efforts on both traffic safety and public policy issues that affect Canadian motorists. www.caa.ca

About Health Canada

Health Canada helps protect the Canadian public by researching, assessing and collaborating in the management of the health risks and safety hazards associated with the many consumer products that Canadians use everyday.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Automobile Association
    Dean Morin
    Communications Manager
    613-247-0117 ext. 2026
    dmorin@national.caa.ca
    or
    Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Federal Minister of Health
    Josee Bellemare
    613-957-0200
    or
    Health Canada (media enquiries):
    613-957-2983
    or
    Health Canada (public enquiries):
    613-957-2991
    866-225-0709