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06-25-2009, 03:32 PM
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Health Canada prohibits sale of non-certified head/facial protection

This was just brought to my attention by a member on another board (GSBB) who works at a sports equipment store. Apparently, helmets and facial protection that isn't CSA certified has been classified as a 'hazardous product' in Canada. The sale, importation, and/or advertising of these non-CSA certified products within Canada is prohibited.

This applies to everything related to head and facial protection. Helmets, visors, cages, goalie masks, goalie mask cages (cateye, cheater). All prohibited to sell or import (e.g. buy from the US and have shipped into Canada). You can use your existing uncertified gear as long as you like, you just can't sell it to someone else or buy new uncertified gear.

Knowing how many small goalie mask manufacturers there who make excellent products but don't have their masks CSA certified because of the costs, this seems like a big cash grab. CSA sets these standards, and CSA charges manufacturers huge amounts of cash to have products certified. Conflict of interest... but maybe that's just me.

Edit: I've been told that this came into effect June 3rd, 2009, with a 60-day enforcement/grace period. This is word of mouth, I haven't found this on the Health Canada site.

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