Canada Boosts Fines to Strengthen Consumer Product Safety Efforts
Health Canada announced June 4 new fines of up to $25,000 per day for companies who violate orders under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act. An agency press release states that these penalties will only come into effect when a company does not comply with a government order to recall a product within specified time frames or to take other measures such as stopping the manufacturing, importation, sale or advertising of a non-compliant product.
Maximum penalties under the new Administrative Monetary Penalties (Consumer Products) Regulations range from $5,000 for a violation committed by an individual or non-profit corporation for non-commercial purposes to $25,000 in any other case. Specific amounts will be calculated based on the seriousness of the violation and the past violation history of the person or company involved.