All cosmetics sold in Canada must now be labelled with a list of ingredients in descending order of content, similar to food ingredient labels. Canadian regulations define cosmetic as a product that cleanses, improves or alters the complexion, skin, hair or teeth.
On November 16, 2006, Health Canada's updated cosmetics regulations took effect. Many companies in Canada already have the updated labels. For those that do not, they will be given until Nov. 16, 2007 to sell off older stocks with incorrect labels and re-label new stock. During the grace time, consumers are allowed to ask manufacturers to a list of ingredients.