Health Canada has imposed regulations on corded shades in Canada. This applies to all custom and store-bought shades. More specifically, shades cannot have any accessible cords or chains longer than 22cm (8 inches) which may pose a strangulation hazard. Hemme will only offer compliant shades based on the regulations. 

Options and Alternatives:

Hemme offers the following options. 

  • Fabric Roman Shades (regulation compliant): We use a system that meets the regulations and has no exposed cords longer than 22cm. This includes a clear chain guard and shroud tape on the back of the shade.
  • Stationary "Faux" Romans: A faux Roman is a completely cordless and cost-effective option. It gives the appearance of a fabric shade and works well paired with a functioning roller shade that tucks behind (see next point). it has become our most popular shade offering!
  • Cordless Roller Shades: Roller shades are a simple solution with a clean look. We offer roller shades with a linen-like look in different opacities. We can add a finishing cassette or you can have a simple open roll.
  • Drapery: If drapery is suitable for your window, it is a tried and true window treatment without cords. In case you haven't heard, we make really good drapes!
  • Café Curtains: These having been popping up all over instagram as a stylish solution with a traditional twist. They provide light on the top half and privacy on the lower half. They are also cost-effective as there is not as much fabric needed to create them. These are not your Granny's cafe curtains, they look really, really great!
  • Cordless Shades: We are currently working on bringing in a completely cordless system that meets our standard of quality. Sign up for our newsletter to catch updates on their release. 
  • Motorized Fabric Shades: We can use a motorized system instead of corded, please note that the motorized option carries a premium price point and will have a longer lead time because each headrail is customized and imported from the US. This is a great solution for hard-to-reach windows.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I have an older quote for a Roman shade, will you still honour it?
Hemme will not make any products that are not compliant but please reach out and we can update the estimate for a shade that is compliant.

Can I buy corded shades from the US and bring them to Canada? 
Canada border agents can confiscate any corded window coverings that do not meet the regulation. They can also block the import of shades purchased online and shipping to Canada. The US is also implementing similar regulations in the near future.

I have corded window coverings in my house, are they illegal to have in our home?
Existing shades in your home are not illegal but it is strongly recommended that you follow the safety recommendations from Health Canada:

  • Always keep cords out of reach.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and read all warnings.
  • Never place cribs, beds, and playpens near a window where a child could reach a cord.
  • Do not place any piece of furniture that a child can climb, near a window with a corded shade.
  • Securely attach tension devices supplied with corded window coverings to the wall. 
  • Install a cleat or tie-down device up high on the wall and use it to keep cords out of reach.
  • Never tie knots in cords. Immediately untie any knots that form accidentally. Remove any devices that form dangling loops, whether at the bottom, middle, or top of the cords. 

Feel free to contact us if you have questions.