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Ref. : EIC 191/2

24 July 2018

Dear Sirs,

Commercial Information Circular No. 719/2018

Canada : Amendments to Toys Regulations (Magnetic Toys)

The Canadian government published in the Canada Gazette Part II (Vol. 152, No.14) of 11 July 2018 to amend the toys regulations on magnetic toys in an effort to protect children from the serious ingestion hazard posed by small powerful magnets in toys. 

2.The amendments include a restriction on both the size and the attractive strength of magnetic toys and magnetic components of toys. There are two general exceptions:

  1. those that are necessary for the operation of motors, relays, speakers and other electrical or electronic components in a magnetic toy, provided that the magnetic properties are not part of the play or learning pattern of the toy; and
  2. those that are part of a kit intended for carrying out educational experiments involving both magnetism and electricity and intended for a child of at least 8 years of age.

3.The amendments will take into effect on 11 January 2019. For details, please refer to the Gazette notice, which is available at:


4.For enquiries about the content of this circular, please contact Mr Lewis LAU at telephone number 2398 5405.

Yours faithfully,

(Jasper LAM)
for Director-General of Trade and Industry

Note: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, the Department cannot guarantee this to be so and will not be held liable for any reliance placed on the same.